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Then it helped shape the way he sees the world

Outdoor Youth

Spending time in nature never crossed his mind

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Inspiring Meaningful connections In The Great Outdoors for over 30 Years

Every contribution helps break down barriers to outdoor access for students from disinvested communities.

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Amal, 17

“I realized just how much I liked nature. I never knew how much before, but being out there and seeing the stars in the night sky - I really liked it!”

In 2018, Amal, age 17, had the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow in the Boundary Waters. Along with 4 of her peers from the Sisterhood Boutique – an entrepreneurial organization started by a group of East African high school […]

Teddy, Age 16

“I've never felt so appreciated in my life.”

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Luz, Age 20

“She thought to herself 'this is great, this is so awesome!' as she faced a challenge and conquered it by her own strength.”

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Madison, Age 18

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

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Your donation to BCM helps raise funds to support our mission of access to the outdoors for youth from disinvested communities to nearly 1,000 students annually.

GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, has awarded BCM the gold star in recognition of fiscal transparency and strong financial stewardship.

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BCM is recognized by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, for its effective and high–quality programs.

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Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. BCM has earned the highest rating – four out of four stars – indicating that we adhere to best practices and consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way.

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Our volunteers are the backbone of what we do at Big City Mountaineers. Learn what it takes to join the BCM team and start making a difference in the lives of disinvested youth.

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