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Join us on Friday, June 28th from 5:30 - 9pm for a Backyard Benefit for the Youth Education Program (YEP)

Summer will be in full swing, so swing by the American Mountaineering Center lawn for the Colorado Mountain Club's inaugural Backyard Benefit for CMC's Youth Education Program! There's no better way to enjoy a summer night than joining us on June 28th for an evening of food, beverages, lawn games, live bluegrass music, a silent auction and a great cause.

Remind yourself what being a barefoot and carefree kid is all about as you munch on bbq, play lawn games and dance like no one is watching. Or just sit back, put your feet up, and listen to some good music with good people. Enjoy a cold beer from Odell Brewery or a refreshing glass of chardonnay, iced tea or a delicious Oogave natural soda. The best part is, you'll be raising money for underprivileged youth in your community. So grab your picnic blanket and lawn chair and get ready to relax on a summer night filled with food, friends and fun and help us to raise money to give more kids than ever before the opportunity to learn and explore all Colorado has to offer!

Ticket price includes BEER from Odell Brewing, BBQ from the Spot Bar & Grill and BLUEGRASS from Trout Steak Revival!

Take advantage of great deals on film festivals, hut trips, Denver attractions and gear in our silent auction. Checkout the AUCTION CATALOG.

Get your Backyard Benefit tickets HERE! Advanced ticket purchase only $15 until Saturday, June 22! Don't wait!

Can't attend the benefit, but still want to help?

Thrivent Financial is a proud sponsor of CMC's inaugural Backyard Benefit fundraiser on Friday, June 28th! Thrivent is committed to serving the community and specifically YEP!

If you can't attend the Backyard Benefit, you can still help make a difference! Help us reach our goal of giving 100 kids the opportunity to participate in a YEP climbing program next school year. For every child you sponsor, Thrivent will match the donation and sponsor a second child! Make your donation go further and help us make an impact in the lives of deserving youth in the community.

For only $15, send two children from an urban school to a day of climbing with YEP. Click here to sponsor a child for one day!

For only $250, you can send one deserving child from the community to a whole week of outdoor climbing camp! Click here to sponsor a child for an entire week!

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About YEP...

Confidence, courage, academic achievement, mountain safety, and responsible recreation—that’s what CMC’s Youth Education Program is all about. In 2012, the CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provided opportunities for 7,418 to experience the natural world through active learning adventures – essential opportunities to help combat childhood obesity and prevent “nature deficit disorder.” Imagine learning about Colorado’s geology while rock climbing, taking a math class to measure slope angles and avalanche danger, or learning about human physiology and the effects of altitude during a snowshoe hike. CMC’s unique program connects math and science with the school curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. Students with special needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds also benefitted from the personal challenge and inter-relationship skills they developed on mountain adventures. In 2012, the CMC awarded a total of $22,641 in need-based scholarships to 2,688 youth.

Through YEP, we “bring the mountains” to students with activities and field trips that teach mountain weather, avalanche science, physics of rock climbing, altitude physiology, conservation, and a variety of other academic topics, in addition to youth development. Our innovative program has helped provide leadership development and academic opportunities for more than 70,000 youth from Colorado since its inception in 1999. Many of these students would otherwise not have had access to mountain topics or outdoor recreation experiences.