We've previously mentioned innovative tent maker, NEMO Equipment,r for their recycled backpacking tent and bamboo tent poles. We also noted how they donated over 150 tents to Kashmiri earthquake victims. Now they are at it again with the donating thing. This time generously forking over $13,000 USD in backpacking and mountaineering tents to youth outdoor programs.Cam Brensinger, founder and president of NEMO sees it like this: "Today's youth are tomorrow's explorers and conservationists. It is important that we share our own experiences and help to create new ones with the youngest generations. Protecting our environment is crucial and it starts with educating kids on the significance of the outdoors and why it needs our protection. It's our responsibility."
Going on to say "As a company, we chose to support organizations we felt a connection to. Conservation, access and wildlife protection were big, but of special interest was getting children outside. We're aware of the reports indicating a declining number of youths participating in outdoor activities and feel as an outdoor gear manufacturer, we can help change that."
The beneficiaries in 2009 have been Appalachian Mountain Club's Youth Opportunities Program, Explorer Post 58 and Club Chameleon. NEMO talk about delivering the tents to the latter organisation on their blog.
If you know of a worthy youth outdoor program in need of some cool lightweight tents to assist in getting kids outside, then encourage them to be considered as a recipient for NEMO's 2010 donation program, by emailing their proposal to email@example.com.
::NEMO Equipment, via SNEWS
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