Then it helped shape the way he sees the world

Outdoor Youth

Spending time in nature never crossed his mind

Urban Youth
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Your Donation Inspires Powerful Transformations In The Great Outdoors

Every contribution helps under-resourced kids develop the skills and perspective needed to navigate life’s challenges.

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Madison, Age 18

“Hopefully when I’m older I can help provide these opportunities for kids too.”

In 2013, Madison was introduced to the outdoors through her very first Big City Mountaineers trip. Her counselor had suggested it, and with some hesitation she and her sister signed up. Madison recalled, “It was a really, really tough trip […]

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Amy, Age 17

“My fear of not belonging faded as we put away our phones and began to settle into a community, sharing an adventure.”

Read Amy’s story »

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Hector, Age 17

“The BCM trip taught me to never give up. It changed my life!”

Read Hector’s story »

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Damonte, Age 14

“He learned it was okay to show his emotional, gentle side. That’s when he really stood out.”

Read Damonte’s story »

Your donation to BCM helps improve the self-esteem, sense of responsibility and communication skills of nearly 1,000 kids and teenagers annually.

$50 – One kid’s first Overnight Camp experience 

$100 – One full day of pre-expedition preparation including a practice hike 

$250 – Meals around a campfire for an entire week-long expedition

$500 – High quality tents and tarps for one expedition team

$1,000 – One teen’s entire week-long expedition including food, gear, clothing, and pre-trip prep


Be the difference. Become a mentor.

Our volunteer mentors are the backbone of what we do at Big City Mountaineers. Learn what it takes to join the BCM team and start making a real difference in the lives of under-resourced youth.