Bay Area Wilderness Training
Bay Area Wilderness Training creates opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness first hand.
Operating out of the San Francisco Bay Area, BAWT supports teachers and youth workers with training, gear, funding and community support to help them get youth outdoors. This support helps the teachers and youth workers lead successful overnight wilderness trips with at-risk and underprivileged youth.
* Every year BAWT helps more than 6,000 youth get into the outdoors, many for the first time.
BAWT's program also considers the complex issues of race and culture. In an ideal case, young people from a Latino community will be led in their wilderness experience by an urban, Spanish speaker who can relate to their backgrounds, and is well trained in leading outdoor environmental education programs.
BAWT believes that safe, well-led educational wilderness trips change young lives for the better, and that meeting challenges in the wilderness can make urban youth stronger in mind, body, spirit and ability.