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The Skip Yowell Legacy Circle

Skip Yowell was the co-founder of JanSport and an icon in the outdoor industry. As successful as he was with his company, he was equally devoted to giving back to the community. This year we celebrate his life and the generous investment he made in Big City Mountaineers 20 years ago. The gift served as the launch […]

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Introducing the 2016 Skip Yowell Instructor of the Year!

Big City Mountaineers would like to recognize the exceptional work Brandon Post has completed as a BCM instructor by naming her the 2016 Instructor of the Year!  Her work exemplifies all that BCM expeditions require in order to achieve our ultimate goal of instilling critical life skills in under-resourced teens. This includes professionalism, strong youth […]

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Become a Founding Member of the Skip Yowell Legacy Circle

          Thousands of under-resourced youth have been transformed by the outdoors thanks to Skip Yowell’s steadfast and unwavering support of Big City Mountaineers. In 1997, JanSport, the company he co-founded, provided BCM with $100,000 in funding. The gift allowed us to establish our headquarters in Denver and hire our first executive […]

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Announcing the 2016 Skip Yowell Mentors of the Year!

Skip Yowell was the co-founder of JanSport and an icon in the outdoor industry. If you’ve carried a frameless backpack or slept in a free-standing tent, you benefited from some of Skip’s innovations. In addition to many product innovations, Skip spent decades giving back to a multitude of nonprofits. Skip was a pivotal figure for […]

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We raised over $23,000 at Outdoor Retailer!

With huge help from our brand partners, we were able to raise a record-breaking $23,000 at Outdoor Retailer to help get under-resourced youth outside this summer. Thank you to all the brands that put on these events and sales and thank you to the outdoor community for supporting us! Columbia Shoe Sale  Pick Ur Pack event […]

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BCM’s Statement on the Immigration Ban

Big City Mountaineers believes in the power, potential, and resilience of youth. Our devotion to young people and our stalwart belief in their future is the hallmark of our work. This applies to all young people. To limit a child’s opportunity because of their race, religion, or background is to deprive us all of their potential […]

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BCM Is Heading To #ORshow Winter Market ’17!

We’re headed to Salt Lake City to meet with some our favorite partners in the outdoor industry at Outdoor Retailer. The outdoor industry constantly shows their support for Big City Mountaineer and the work we do. It doesn’t stop at Outdoor Retailer. During the show there are a number of events you can’t miss if […]

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John’s Story: Read how one BCM youth was transformed through his time in the wilderness

When we first met John, he was a super enthusiastic kid eager to learn new skills. However, he had a hard time committing and seeing himself through difficult challenges. He first joined us at Overnight Camp at a Denver Mountain Parks property in the Colorado foothills. With the help of a skilled instructor and caring […]

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Donating made easy – the pros to joining the monthly giving progam

It’s our final week highlighting one of our donors during this season of Thanksgiving! As we near the end of the year we need YOUR help to reach our fundraising goal of $25,000. Please make a gift today so that we can continue the strong tradition of changing under-resourced youth’s lives through the inspirational power […]

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Making His Climbs Count for More: Read Steven’s Story

This is our second week celebrating the season of Thanksgiving by featuring some of our donors and sharing their stories of why they give. We are so thankful for each and every one of you and your desire to show under-resourced kids that they have a place they belong in the outdoors.  This week, it’s our pleasure to […]

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