I am in the world

I am the future

What a difference a summer in nature can make!

Because you know that John Muir was right when he said:

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread. Places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
John Muir, Naturalist, Environmentalist

And yet, 42% of low-income parents in California say their children have never participated in outdoor activities. Despite living just miles from the beach, many of the children we serve from the San Francisco Bay area have never seen the ocean.

But what a difference a summer in nature can make!

Students in Y Camps:

  • Explore the outdoors in safe, guided activities
  • Experience awe and wonder
  • Build connections with the natural world and each other
  • Learn lessons in ecology and leadership
  • Have healthy fun!

Time spent outdoors helps us become our healthiest, best selves and can help combat skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, anxiety, and depression.

For decades, the Y has been a leader in programs that build connections to nature, give access to outdoor spaces, and provide outdoor education and healthy fun.

Give a child the freedom to explore and discover.

Move confidently outdoors and team with others.

To learn their place is everywhere in the world.

What would you give to see that all children in our community have that opportunity?

This summer more than ever, we need your support to help underserved youth find their place in the world.