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The Inspirational Power
of the Outdoors
Big City Mountaineers provides free – fully outfitted and professionally led – backpacking trips, paddling expeditions,
and camps for under-resourced youth. Over the past 30 years, they have served over 10,000 kids, conducted nearly
900 backcountry expeditions, organized 5,600 volunteers, led over 150 overnight camps, and provided over
45,000 nights under the stars for kids to get outdoors and dream big. 
A BCM experience strengthens students’ skills to navigate life’s unchartered territories. Our expeditions provide
a safe and supportive environment for students to develop teamwork, a passion for lifelong learning, and a commitment
to environmental stewardship. No journey is the same, but each trip is designed to develop students’ civic mindedness,
self-esteem, sense of responsibility, group communication, and empathy.

BCM operates in Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Boston. The journeys they
take with their students serve as a catalyst for change. They visit some of America’s most
beautiful National Parks, National Forests, and wilderness areas near these cities.