Washington, DC - CamelBak joined with The Outdoor Foundation's initiative, Outdoor Nation to announce the 2010 'CamelBak Challenge' grant winners. Equipped with 100 reusable CamelBak water bottles and $500, the nine grant recipients from across the country will work to champion the outdoors in their communities -- strengthening environmental stewardship, youth leadership and empowerment.
In June, more than 500 youth from across the country came together to participate in the first ever Outdoor Nation Youth Summit, the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the nation's history, to address the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors. To continue to assist youth with their ideas to 'champion the outdoors' in their communities, CamelBak offered a 'Challenge' grant opportunity. The grant challenge was designed to increase youth outdoor participation, environmental stewardship and directly impact youth empowerment and leadership.
"Thanks to the generous support of CamelBak, nine talented youth are now equipped with the resources, support and tools to help address the growing disconnect between young people and the outdoors," says Chris Fanning, Executive Director of The Outdoor Foundation. "Although Outdoor Nation Youth Summit was held in June, we want Outsiders to understand that their voices were heard - loud and clear. We hope these grants are just the beginning of resources going directly to young people and youth-led ideas and projects."
To view the Outdoor Nation CamelBak Challenge Winners, go to www.outdoornation.org.
Founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. With a mission to continuously reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform, CamelBak offers a complete line of technical hydration packs, reusable BPA-free water bottles and performance hydration accessories for outdoor sports, military, travel and a healthy lifestyle.
With headquarters in Petaluma, CA, a wholly-owned and operated reservoir manufacturing facility in Mexico and distribution in San Diego, CA, CamelBak designs, tests and engineers its products to perform and last a lifetime. CamelBak is privately held, with products available in 50 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.camelbak.com or call 800.767.8725.
ABOUT THE OUTDOOR FOUNDATION®
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through ground-breaking research, action oriented convening and outreach and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower youth to champion the outdoors on campuses and n communities across the United States. For more information visit: www.outdoorfoundation.org and www.outdoornation.org.
For additional information about The Outdoor Foundation's Outdoor Nation Special Report, please contact Chris Fanning, Executive Director at:firstname.lastname@example.org.