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Local non-profit looking for gear donations to get kids outside

Grow Outdoor Access
Posted at 10:40 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 11:04:58-05

BOISE, Idaho — A new non-profit is looking for used and new gear donations to help get Idaho's youth outside.

Grow Outdoor Access has the goal of making sure kids have the opportunity to experience the outdoors. The organization provides wilderness leadership training to youth mentors and free gear to ensure groups can have a safe experience.

"I think we can all look back on our life and reflect on a time where we were camping out under the stars or swimming in an alpine lake or just roasting marshmallows with our family and friends," said Ellis Nanney, executive director of Grow Outdoor Access. "So those are some experiences that change our lives, and we want to make sure that every child has the opportunity to experience that."

The non-profit is looking to build its gear library and needs youth and adult tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, hiking boots, camp stoves, kitchenware, rain gear, base layers, and other essentials. There are donation boxes available at the Boise Co-op in the north end, Vertical View in Meridian, and The Commons Climbing Gym in Boise.