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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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 […]

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Teddy, Age 16

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

Read Teddy’s story »

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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 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

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.

Learn more about this honor.


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.