Today's Lesson: Putting Life Into Perspective
Water Bottles

Expedition Survival Tip

It gets cold and rains out there in the wilderness so pack accordingly. And if all else fails there’s always the huddle together for warmth method.

Programs

What We Do

The core Big City Mountaineers program is a week-long wilderness mentoring expedition where urban youth are given the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of the wilderness alongside supportive adult mentors.  What had begun as a simple backpacking trip with an urban, at-risk teen 25 years ago has now evolved into a documented and well-tested progression of experiences coupled with opportunities for reflection and learning.

BCM Impact in Their Own Words from Big City Mountaineers on Vimeo.

BCM Weeklong Expeditions:

  • Provide wilderness mentoring opportunities to under-resourced urban youth age 13 to 18
  • Cultivate relationships between youth and caring adult mentors
  • Offer a unique 1-to-1 ratio of adults to youth
  • Improve teen self-awareness and personal responsibility
  • Promote group development and effective communication
  • Partner with existing youth development agencies to better address the ongoing needs of under-resourced youth.
  • Deliver safe wilderness expeditions led by professional field instructors

Who We Serve

  • 50% are from single parent or guardian-led households;
  • 83% are from families living below the poverty line;
  • 10% have experienced homelessness
  • 14% have experienced violence at school