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Winter 2012
Field Staff Holiday Greetings
Outdoor Outreach Winter News!


  New Adventure Club Launched in 2012 at San Diego City College

SDCC at the The North Face Speaker Series
This year, a group of Adventure Club seniors who had all enrolled at San Diego City College (SDCC) got together and decided that they wanted to continue their Adventure Club experiences with Outdoor Outreach as college students.   Through support from the Outdoor Foundation, OO is proud to share we have officially launched the first college-based Adventure Club program! This fall marked the first semester for the newly formed SDCC Adventure Club. As college students, these young adults take a much larger leadership role in managing their club experiences.  We are thrilled to continue to support these young adults as they aspire to do amazing things together. 

"I wanted to start the club at San Diego City College because I noticed the great impact it made in my life and wanted other young adults like me to have the chance to go through the life-changing experiences that I went through."  -Susana Montes

Environmental Stewardship Program Flourishes!

KIPP Florida Canyon
This year, Outdoor Outreach received generous support for our Environmental Stewardship Program from several corporate and foundation partners.  The program is focused on creating the next generation of environmental stewards from diverse and under-served youth populations.  Through our comprehensive programming, youth develop a genuine passion and affinity for the outdoors.  Layered within those experiences is an environmental curriculum-based on "Leave No Trace ethics", regional ecosystem education, and field-based environmental and community service projects.   

We are working closely with several environmental partners and our community of volunteers to continue to develop and evolve the program.  If you have not already, check out The San Diego Foundation's Environmental Program video featuring Outdoor Outreach.  Click here to view video.


A special thank you to our 2012 Environmental Stewardship Program Partners:

The Gonzalez Foundation Fund

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Adventure Club Youth Develop a Smartphone App

Outdoor Nation Summit 2012
While attending the Outdoor Nation Summit this past summer, Outdoor Outreach Adventure Club attendees were awarded a grant for their idea to create a Smartphone app that helps urban youth get involved in outdoor physical activity. 

El Cajon High School Adventure Club members Antwan Gaggi, Yousuf Ghanin, Francisco Martinez and Ruben Martinez are working together to create the "GetOutdoors" Smartphone app to help San Diego County's urban youth discover and find nearby outdoor recreational activities.
Get Outdoors Smartphone App
Antwan and Yousuf, both refugees from Iraq, describe themselves
 as culturally disconnected to the outdoors.  However in their freshman year, OO volunteer Tanya Jackson introduced the teens to the Adventure Club.  Through their club experience, these young men are now inspired to introduce more youth like themselves to the outdoors and are taking a lead role in creating the new "GetOutdoors" app.

If you are familiar with software development and would like to volunteer to help launch the new app, please email Scott at

  MCCS Military Adventure Club Looking Forward to 2013 

In our last newsletter, we announced the launch of our new MCCS (Marine Corps Community Services) Adventure Club. Since then, the youth from the Miramar Youth and Teen Center have enjoyed weekly after-school enrichment activities and monthly outdoor adventure trips. Outdoor programming has ranged from surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding to trail walking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. With winter just ahead, youth will have the opportunity to experience snowboarding at Big Bear--and for many--see snow for the first time! 

Check out the MCCS Military Adventure Club blog to learn more about their adventures here.
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         MCCS Adventure Club at Mesa Rim Climbing Gym 

Look for Outdoor Outreach in Escondido

Starting in the new year, look for Outdoor Outreach to be showcased on the 48' x 27' digital billboard located at the Lexus Escondido Centre Dealership off I-15.  
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The billboard space is provided at no charge to nonprofits by the dealership to help build awareness of the community outreach efforts in the area.  Be sure to send us an email if you see Outdoor Outreach featured on the billboard! 

ACTIVEx Charity Challenge Fundraiser
ACTIVEx Movie Premiere
This year, Active Network employees embarked on a journey to participate in the Solana Beach Triathlon as part of the Company's ACTIVEx Charity Challenge. 

[pictured left to right: OO volunteer and staff: Gabby Clifford, KJ Brussow, Chris Rutgers, Yvonne Hunt and Merina Mesa.]

Nearly one hundred employees embraced "the challenge" under the cheer-leadership of Arch Fuston, "chief active officer" of the company's Employee Participation Program. The group's goal was to raise awareness and funds for four local nonprofits while striving to meet their own personal training goals.

The year-long challenge culminated with a video documentary which captured the group's' journey and showcased each of the supported nonprofits. Outdoor Outreach and the other beneficiaries were invited to the ACTIVEx Movie Premiere at the La Paloma Theater.  Outdoor Outreach founder Chris Rutgers personally shared with the audience how their efforts directly supported Outdoor Outreach's mission and the 600 youth served each year. Our heart-felt thanks and appreciation to the ACTIVEx team for their dedication and support! 

Thanks for the Memories Gavin Daly!
After five years with Outdoor Outreach, our Adventure Club and Leadership Program Manager, Gavin Daly, headed back to his home on the east coast where he will pursue teaching. We'd like to thank Gavin for all of his "heart-work" and dedication to the Adventure Club and Leadership program youth these past five years. The OO staff, volunteers and, of course, participants will miss him greatly. It was quite an adventure G-Man! We'll miss you but wish you the best in your new adventures! 
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Gavin Daly and leadership participate Mario Luna backpacking in Colorado

We Wish You a Warm Holiday Season and Adventurous New Year!
Happy Holidays
[from left to right] OO office staff: Joe McLeod, KJ Brussow, Chris Rutgers, Yvonne Hunt, Merina Mesa, Erika Rogness and Scott Shepherd. 

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In This Issue
> New City College Club
> Environmental Stewardship Program
> Smart Phone App
> MCCS Military Club
> OO Billboard 
> ActiveX Movie Premiere
> Thanks for the Memories
> 100% Graduate
> 2012 Fundraisers
> Donor Acknowledgments

100% of Adventure Club Seniors Graduate in 2012

We want to take a moment to appreciate the amazing accomplishments of 2012. In June, Outdoor Outreach saw every single Adventure Club senior graduated for the third consecutive year in a row! Additionally, 100% of these students went on to enroll in college or technical training!

With your continue support, we look forward to another  incredible and successful year in 2013.

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Crawford High School  
2012 Graduation

     Special Thanks:

Special thank you to all our our wonderful friends, passionate volunteers and awesome supporters who dedicated their time, talent and resources in 2012 to raise funds to support Outdoor Outreach--we truly could not achieve everything without your support!!!

Puzzle Pursuit - Sinking of the Midnight Raven

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Special thanks to Scott Kessler and Nick Rhea for donating proceeds from this year's Puzzle Pursuit to Outdoor Outreach!  Be sure to sign up for 2013 event updates at:

San Diego Public Defenders' Community Group Bowl-O-Rama

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SDCC Adventure Club bowling team

A BIG "thank-you" to the San Diego Public Defenders Community Group for once again supporting Outdoor Outreach through their annual Bowl-O-Rama fundraising event this fall.

Climb for a Cause

Mesa Rim Climbing Gym and Fitness Center

Our friends at Mesa Rim Climbing Gym and Fitness Center and PCI hosted Climb for a Cause featuring professional climbers, demos and prizes with proceeds benefiting Outdoor Outreach.  
Special thanks to our friends at PCI and Mesa Rim Climbing Gym and Fitness Center

Sage Health and Wellness

Sage Health and Wellness

Special thanks to Dr. Kristen Sage and her generous staff and clients.  During their fundraising event, the team donated 100% of chiropractic fees, proceeds from massages and donations from clients to Outdoor Outreach.  
Special thanks to Dr. Kirsten Sage and Sage Health and Wellness staff

The North Face Speaker Series

The North Face Speaker Series

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoyed a night at the San Diego Natural History Museum while listening to rock-climber and outdoor adventurer, Emily Harrington, share her personal account on summiting Mt. Everest.
Special thanks to sponsors Adventure 16 and The North Face

The Goods Show

Special thanks to Ali Button, David Michael, Amanda Davidson, Mikey Knab (Ponce's Restaurant), and 3rd Space for donating proceeds from this year's The Goods Show--creative collaboration and art market--to Outdoor Outreach.

Upcoming 2013 Events

New Year's Day Run

Kick off the new year trail running (or hiking) through beautiful Elfin Forest in Escondido.  Sign up for this free event on the San Diego North County Meetup Group page--all  voluntary donations by participants will benefit Outdoor Outreach.


San Diego Brewfest
 Feb 13th
Celebrate the flavors of California craft brews while listening to live music and enjoying good food!

Event proceeds benefit Outdoor Outreach.  To purchase your tickets, click here.

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Outreach
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