The Issue: Rise of Childhood Obesity and Poor Test Scores
Approximately 17% of American youth aged 2 to 19—12.5 million children—are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Colorado, 57% of eight-grade public-school students failed to meet the minimum standard for proficiency on the state science examination in 2011, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Rock-climbing excursions can address both of these issues, engaging youths in a physical activity that also challenges their minds with scientific principles.
The Campaign: Providing a Rock-Climbing Field Trip
If 38 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) can provide one rock-climbing class for middle-school students, thanks to matching donations from Osprey Packs. Donations will be matched up to $380. Each additional $760 raised will provide another class.
Students in a middle-school class, many of whom come from low-income backgrounds, will participate in a full-day rock-climbing field trip at a local climbing crag. A certified CMC belayer will tie all the knots and conduct the belaying as students attempt multiple climbing routes. The students will learn about mountain environments and explore the scientific concept of friction. CMC serves about 5,500 students a year through this program.
All donations will be matched up to a $380 total by Osprey Packs.
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Colorado Mountain Club
In 1912, a group of 25 mountain enthusiasts founded Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). The group included several prominent naturalists, such as Enos Mills, who helped found Rocky Mountain National Park; Roger Toll, who was superintendent of Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Mount Rainier National Parks; and Carl Blaurock, who climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. The club's first members volunteered at schools and advocated for environmental issues, aiming to raise awareness about the Colorado mountains through art, science, literature, and recreation, and seeking to preserve the alpine region.
Today, CMC continues to challenge its members and the community with a variety of events ranging from adventure travel and service projects to concerts and educational lectures. School groups participate in mountain-climbing field trips, and members network at annual dinners and outdoor excursions. The club's adventure trips explore the greatest natural sites of the world, taking participants up the slopes of Kilimanjaro, down the rapids of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and through the historical cities of Russia.