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Support the City Kids Wilderness Project

  • Apr 7, 2014 · 7:00 PM

To donate, please visit the DONATIONS PAGE.  This is just to provide information.

Washington Backpackers is teaming up with DC UL to support a great cause - the City Kids Wilderness Project

From afterschool programming to a trip out West each summer, City Kids aims to help participants experience success and say "I did it" rather than thinking "I can't do it."

Join us and support their work! Consider donating $20 towards a REI gift card so they can purchase the gear they need. (Please note that we're charging $21 so we can cover Amazon payment fees in order to give City Kids the full donation amount. As a 501(c)3, City Kids can supply a tax receipt to those who make a donation.) Or donate a used tent, backpack, or sleeping bag if you have them lying around.

If you would like to help, simply click on this link. There you can find more information on how to contribute. If you are not a member of DC UL but still want to donate toward the gift card, contact Jen to learn how you can contribute.

Thank you for your support of this wonderful group. We'll announce the donation totals in April.

Help us make this a great success!

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More about City Kids Wilderness Project:

City Kids Wilderness Project provides transformative experiences for 130 under-resourced D.C. youth by building resiliency, broadening horizons and ensuring skills for success.

City Kids Wilderness Project is a nonprofit outdoor education program for underserved and at-risk inner-city youths (ages 11 to 24) from Washington, D.C. City Kids' goals are to strengthen participants’ self-concept; increase academic achievement by teaching life skills; increase personal motivation and initiative; develop interpersonal skills and leadership ability; and foster an appreciation and knowledge of the environment. The program aims to provide extraordinary experiences that will inspire worthy young people of Washington, D.C. to dream, to see beyond their current circumstances, and ultimately to succeed in building healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Its program, focused on experiential learning, joins youth and staff in a cooperative family atmosphere, and it utilizes the outdoor, natural environment as a classroom for academic, recreational and life skills. 

These are valuable lessons for all individuals. At-risk youth, however, lack the systems—home, school and community—that can provide children with the necessary experiences, role models and support. City Kids fills this void by offering school-year activities and events, year round outdoor adventures, summer camp, job training and academic support.

City Kids helps youth transfer lessons learned while participating in outdoor activities to real life. They present youth with a challenge, like backpacking, white water rafting, or climbing, and push them both physically and mentally, with a focus on developing interpersonal and intra-personal skills.

For example, our backpacking trips teach expose youth to outdoor living skills, hiking on difficult terrain, carrying a heavy pack, dealing with the elements, and living in an unfamiliar environment. Whatever the challenge, our staff is prepared to guide the children, to teach them to be proactive and to help them reach a successful outcome.  The youth receive comfort, support and encouragement from adults and peers. Eventually finishing the hike, those who struggled and those who nurtured gain in self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness. Leaders emerge from the group, problem solving skills evolve and the children experience the joy of personal and group success. They have fun in a wholesome, natural environment.  

To learn more about City Kids, visit its website:

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