We believe that everyone has the right to learn and experience the wonders of the outdoors. As the award grows the number of women sent on experiences will directly increase. What do you say we grow this thing together? Here are a few ways we believe this award can impact women.
1. Help Women Discover New Passions
It is difficult to uncover one’s passion for backpacking if the activity is inaccessible for whatever reason. There are countless sports, adventures, and activities that someone can really identify with, but may never have the chance to experience due to financial or leadership roadblocks. Our programming at Get Outside aims to break all barriers between women and the wilderness. Let’s work together to help more badass women get outside and discover their passions.
2. Get More Women in Outdoor Leadership Roles
There is nothing we love more than women inspiring women. Igniting someone’s passion for the outdoors is simply the very first step in what may become a life-long hobby, career, or lifestyle. As such, the more women we enable to get their foot in the door, the more potential we create for women in outdoor leadership roles. Seems simple, right? That’s because it is!
3. More Women Exploring and Inspiring Others to Do the Same
We are firm believers that seeing individuals like yourself doing something makes it feel more accessible for others to do the same. If women in your community of all ages and abilities are seizing the opportunity to explore and learn in the backcountry, others will be more likely to do the same!
4. More Remarkable Experiences Had by Women
This one’s simple. We want to enable women to experience the remarkable, do things they’ve never done, and step outside their comfort zones. An intro to backpacking may seem insignificant to some, but to others, it is utterly life-changing. Empowering and enabling an individual to experience the backcountry is a pretty powerful experience. One that has the ability to transfer over into others aspect of their life, encouraging them to charge after their goals.
5. Further Expand the Community of Badass Women in the Backcountry
The community of women in the backcountry is indescribably inspiring. Women are constantly doing new things, pushing boundaries, pushing themselves, and supporting one another along the way. Our aim is to support this ever-evolving community by getting as many women involved as possible.
Want to Apply?
If you’d like to apply for our Women’s Award, we want to hear from you! The primary criteria is financial need. Submit your letter describing why you are the best applicant for the scholarship. The letter will be reviewed by Get Outside.
Applications are due by mid-June each year. Successful applicants will be chosen by Get Outside and notified by the end of June. The applicant will then be able to apply the award to any of the Women's Intro to Backpacking courses that season.
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