Big City Mountaineers

BCM instills critical life skills in under-resourced urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions. #BigCityMountaineers

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Have you enjoyed celebrating #mentormonth with us and reading all the BCM mentors' stories?

Head over to Facebook to read about Phil Taylor sharing his story of five days in the Oh-Be-Joyful Wilderness. #getoutdogood
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#dogood #getoutside #mentorship #outdoorlife

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Mighty fine view from our table at the #ourayicefestival this weekend. Who stopped by to say hello? 👋

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"Life is more than just a cell phone in front of our faces. I would use my phone less and enjoy reality." -BCM youth on a lesson they learned after a week in the wilderness.
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#dogood #getoutdoors #outdoorphins #unlikelyhikers

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When you're a Summit for Someone climber, not only do you get to know that you're helping under-resourced youth get out on transformative wilderness experiences, you get: • A professionally guided climb • Gear package
• Multiple discounts from BCM brand partners

What 2018 climb will you sign up for? Link in bio! #getoutdogood

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We’ve been loving all of these #summitforsomeone posts! Here is one from @ramblin_reinhold who just signed up for his 7th SFS climb on #mtbaker!
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For #2018 I’m resolving to continue old habits by signing up for my 7th #summitforsomeone climb! In July I will journey to Washington State for a fundraising climb of Mt. Baker to help @big_city_mountaineers provide wilderness mentoring trips for the youth of our nation. It’s an honor to announce that @steve_yocom will be joining the climb and that we will be documenting the endeavor through the @appalachian_adventure_company! In order to raise funds we plan to host a gear giveaway of epic proportions!!! We hope you will consider becoming a fundraiser by joining us on the climb, donating to our gear giveaway or supporting our fundraising efforts with a donation. #happynewyear let’s make this one count!

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"I went into this trip eager to jump into the ‘teacher’ role. I quickly found out, the best lesson I could teach was... to myself." Continuing with #mentormonth, BCM mentor, Ayn-Marie, shares her story... link on Facebook. #getoutdogood

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‘Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.’ Another quote from Martin Luther King Jr. because his words are so inspiring.

Want a chance to be great through service this year? Consider becoming a Summit for Someone climber: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone #getoutdogood

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Drooling over those gorgeous mountain peaks we're posting and wondering what Summit for Someone is?

YOU get to climb the mountain of your dreams while raising funds to support the transformative wilderness experiences of BCM youth expeditions. Here's the full FAQ: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/about-us/faqs #getoutdogood

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ICYMI... While most BCM youth only head out on one expedition, Madison joined us every summer throughout her high school career.

Read Madison's story... https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/stories/madisons-story link on Facebook!

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Is 2018 taking you on the road to the top of the Grand Teton? You have two chances to Summit for Someone on the Grand to support BCM youth expeditions this year. • July 6-9
• July 16-19 (only two spots left!) Sign up today and change a young kid's life (and yours:) https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone#sfs-the-grand-teton #getoutdogood

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It's #mentormonth! We're celebrating by recognizing some of the amazing mentors from BCM expeditions.
Our first story is from Jenn from our @denverkidsinc trip in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Jenn has been on two sides of BCM, as a volunteer mentor and as an SFS climber. Read about her experience - link on FB! #getoutdogood

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Do you have any trail, road or bike adventures coming up in 2018? Give it more meaning and dedicate it to getting under-resourced youth outdoors.

Register your custom Summit for Someone challenge: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/custom-challenge #getoutdogood

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"I learned that I am confident and can accomplish my goals. I couldn't have figured that out without the help of the mentors." -BCM youth
Did you know it's #mentoringmonth? The BCM mentors are an invaluable part of our youth expeditions. Throughout the month look out for stories from the BCM mentors. #getoutdogood

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Summit for Someone climbers have begun training for their epic 2018 adventures. Here's Lauren Marks getting ready for her Orizaba climb by testing out her new @lowaboots boots on Mt. Hood.

It's not too late! Sign up to be a Summit for Someone climber in 2018: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone #getoutdogood

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We've got big goals for 2018, including: getting 1,000 under-resourced youth outdoors! Here's what else we're working on: • Reconstruct the Boundary Waters Basecamp and offering overnight camp opportunities to youth from the Twin Cities
• Increase the number of youth who advance from BCM overnight camps and week-long expeditions to outdoor leadership opportunities • Increase the effectiveness of BCM programming by learning from program evaluations and implementing best practices in the sector

You can help. Donate today: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/donate

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Planning your 2018 adventures? Make them about something more!

Summit an iconic peak to support under-resourced youth getting outdoors as a Summit for Someone climber for Big City Mountaineers. Change a kid's life in 2018: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone #getoutdogood

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2017 has been quite a year for BCM! Big City Mountaineers youth explored wilderness areas across the country while Summit for Someone climbers summited peaks across the world. We, even, had the pleasure of welcoming new supporters to the BCM community.

Thank you to the entire BCM community! Here's to 2018. #getoutdogood

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In 2017, the BCM youth spent a total of 1,846 nights spend under the stars out on expedition.
Want to give more youth the opportunity to spend a night out under the stars in the wilderness? Donate before the end of the year: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/donate #getoutdogood

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As we round out 2017, we're looking back at all the Big City Mountaineers youth stories we've been so proud to tell this year. Remember Damonte? Read his story - link on FB!

If you want more kids like him out on BCM youth expeditions in 2018 donate today: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/donate #getoutdogood

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"I needed that, because after those trips I immediately buckled down in school. I used to be lazy. But, after BCM, I got everything done before it was due and was able to actually graduate a year early. Now, I’m headed off to college.” Madison was a BCM youth that returned multiple summers to head out on expedition. Read her story: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/stories/madisons-story (on our blog!)

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Looking to develop your skills climbing a glaciated peak in 2018?
Summit for Someone on Mt. Hood with a guided trip from Big City Mountaineers (June 17-18.) Your efforts will help under-resourced youth get outdoors next summer. More info here: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone#sfs-mt-hood #getoutdogood

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In 2017, the Big City Mountaineers mentors volunteered a total of 22,392 hours. We're so thankful for all of those who volunteered with us this year. You made a huge impact! 👏

Interested in making a bigger impact next year? Sign up to volunteer in 2018: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/volunteer #getoutdogood

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"I thought it would be really hard and cold but it ended up being a lot of fun." -BCM youth

Sound familiar? When you're a Summit for Someone climber, you head out on your own life-changing adventure and, in turn, help a young kid head out on one, too. Sign up today: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/fundraise/summit-for-someone #getoutdogood

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Look like fun? This is a photo of the BCM youth playing a game called 'Gems." It's used to teach goal setting and teamwork.
The group chooses objects that represent their goals – either while on a trip or while back at home. They then put the object (goals) a body length outside of a predetermined space they cannot leave or touch the ground outside of. The group then supports each other as they reach for and retrieve their objects without touching the ground.

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"BCM taught me that if you set your mind to it, you can do it! Just one step at a time.” BCM Mentor, Justin Twist, shared this beautiful piece of bark with us that has a few quotes from the BCM youth on it - look close! How cool is that? #getoutdogood

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In 2017, we had the opportunity to bring youth outdoors from 30 youth agency partners across the country. A big thank you to... • California: East Oakland Boxing Association., Canal Welcome Center, Soccer Without Borders
• Colorado: College Track CO, Denver City Lax, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Denver Kids, Environmental Learning for Kids, "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, Morey Middle School, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Atlas Prep, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Hope Communities
• Minnesota: Red Wing Youth Outreach, So How Are the Children (SHAC), Pillsbury House Theatre, Pillsbury Waite House, Sisterhood Boutique, Northwest Passage High School, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
• Oregon & Washington: Project YESS, Police Activities League, Oregon Zoo, Boys and Girls Club Vancouver, Native American Youth and Family Center, Self Enhancement, Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, Community For Youth
• Pilot & Legacy Programs: SquashBusters, Touching Miami with Love.
View them all here: https://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/programs/youth-agencies

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Both Summit for Someone climbers and BCM youth on expedition are given summit flags to represent their hardwork & connection to the BCM community.
Did you know Summit for Someone efforts directly impact the BCM youth? Get more youth out on expedition this summer and become a Summit for Someone climber: http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/summit-for-someone/ #getoutdogood

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"I watched as one teen transformed from a timid observer into an assertive trail navigator after being handed a map and compass. There was nothing magic about the piece of paper covered in topographic lines. He saw the faith and confidence that our BCM educator placed in him. He remembered the lessons in backcountry navigation and he was reminded that he had the full support of the group he was leading." A mentor from @thermarest joined us on a BCM youth expedition this summer. Read about his journey... https://thermarestblog.com/camping-change-big-city-mountaineers/

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#COGivesDay is coming to an end. Have you made your donation to Big City Mountaineers yet? Donate through the link below & help us receive a portion of the @ColoradoGives $1,000,000 incentive fund. bit.ly/COGives2018_BCM #getoutdogood

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It's #COGivesDay! We're so lucky to live in a state that is passionate about and knows the power of the outdoors well.
When you donate to Big City Mountaineers today (through the link below,) you help us receive a portion of the $1,000,000 incentive fund from @coloradogives, First Bank and Community First Foundation: http://bit.ly/COGives2018_BCM #getoutdogood #coloradogivesday

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