Coombs Outdoors

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Mission Statement

Coombs Outdoors empowers children and youth to reach their full potential through the life-changing power of outdoor recreation.

Description

Jackson Hole is known for its natural beauty and world-class outdoor sports. However, there is a large population of children of low-income families who do not have access to the same opportunities as their peers. In an effort to create a healthy community where all our children thrive, Coombs Outdoors provides year-round outdoor programming for youth from Kindergarten through high school graduation. 
Our programs grow as the needs of our kids grow, beginning with basic instructional programs that introduce kids to a variety of activities that will hopefully spark a passion for the outdoors, then adding a cohort-based mentoring component in middle school to help our youth build deep relationships with their peers and trusted adults, and finally, training our high school youth to serve as mentors and coaches to our younger kids, explore careers and college, and become passionate outdoor enthusiasts.
At every stage, outdoors remains at the center of our work, whether a hike with a Forest Ranger, a ropes course with a mentoring cohort, or an internship working at our local ski hill. Our goal is not to create world-class skiers or rock climbers, but to develop world-class people ready to embrace the future with confidence.

Program Details

K-5 Grade: Activate!

We activate kids from K-5th grade through entry-level instructional activities, such as a learn to ski program in the winter, a summer outdoor adventure program, Forest Friends, and our summer soccer camp. At this stage, the focus is on introducing kids to a variety of activities to spark a passion for the outdoors.

Middle School: Engage!

We engage middle school youth through mentor-based recreational activities. While we continue with the same activities, we add a critical mentoring element. Through a cohort-based mentoring model, our youth build deep relationships with their peers and trusted adults as they enter the minefield of middle school.

High School: Empower!

We empower high school youth through leadership training, internships, and continued outdoor recreation. Our high school youth serve as CO-mentors to our younger kids, explore careers and college, participate in internships, and continue to participate in a variety of outdoor adventures.
Primary Issue
Land
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
Address
PO Box 7665
Jackson, WY 83002
United States
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