Connecting Youth to the Outdoors

Civicorps provides outdoor trips to our Corpsmembers as part of our Connecting Youth to the Outdoors (CYO) program, which introduces our students to the wonders of nature through trips that teach leadership and courage, foster healing from trauma, and build peer support while inspiring a life-long love of the outdoors.

On August 23rd, 7 Corpsmembers river rafted down “The Gorge,” a Class III section of the South Fork American River, with OARS out of Lotus, CA. For 5 Corpsmembers, it was their first time river rafting. This is a high adrenaline, challenging, yet super fun activity on the river. Corpsmembers swam in the river wearing their personal floatation devices, and also had the opportunity to dive from atop a 15 foot cliff.

“It was my first time white water rafting. I enjoyed working as a team and getting hit by the waves. I actually fell off the boat, but it did not phase me. I had a rush of adrenaline that made it so much fun!” – Tony, Corpsmember

Thanks to OARS White Water Rafting and Bay Area Wilderness Training for making this opportunity happen.

On September 7th, 10 Corpsmembers sea kayaked in two person boats from South Sausalito to Angel Island Friday morning. Eight of these Corpsmembers had never been kayaking. They described this new experience as fun, stress-relieving, and for some, an adventure to overcome fears.

“This was actually my second time kayaking, but never this far. I loved that we worked together as a team to get us to our destination. I had fun and really bonded with my fellow Corpsmembers. I recommend everyone to do it, it’s so beautiful, and towards the end, I really loved the night hike.” – Claudia, Corpsmember

The trip also included a night hike to the summit with 360 degree views of the Bay Area and all the bridges.  Corpsmembers stayed overnight in a historical Civil War era bunkhouse on Angel Island. By next morning, they were ready to kayak back to Sausalito.

Thanks to ETC Sea Kayaking, Angel Island and Bay Area Wilderness Training for partnering with us and giving our Corpsmembers an experience to remember.

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