Catch a Spark, Fan the Flame: Discovering the Outdoors

Recently, a CMC member asked me how I grew to love the outdoors. After thinking about it, I replied: “I owe it to Mr. Payne, my high school cross-country coach.” That conversation got me thinking about other people who shared inspiration and encouragement: my college buddy who convinced me to go on our first backpacking trip together, a friend who invited me to go rock climbing, my supervisor at Outward Bound who challenged me to take up sea kayaking, etc. These people shared their passions with me and encouraged my life-long learning in the outdoors.

The Adventure of a Lifetime: Spring Break in Moab

by Anissa Shull Moab Spring Break Alumni ’16 It all started with packing my luggage into the Youth Education Program van and relaxing until we reached our beautiful campsite in Moab, Utah. It was placed next to the Colorado River, surrounded by … Continued

The Top 9 Best Things About TVOLS

I started attending summer camps with the CMC’s Youth Education Program when I was 12, enticed by a mild interest in rock climbing. I had so much fun that I convinced my parents to sign me up for several more programs that summer and every year following. Two years ago, when I new course was introduced, I immediately leapt at the opportunity to go on the Teen Ventures Outdoor Leadership Summit. I signed up a bit skeptical about the prospect of a week focused on teambuilding and volunteer work. It turned out to be my favorite week all summer. I could go on a multi-hour rant about how much fun I had, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll condense it into a list of the nine best parts of the trip.

Youth Education Program Receives Climbing Shoes from Sole Purpose

GOLDEN, COLO.  –  The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program has received a donation of more than 100 shoes from Sole Purpose, a program that connects outdoor-oriented nonprofits with climbing gyms to benefit underprivileged children. The Youth Education Program is proud … Continued