Scholarship Winners 2022

Kid for the Wild recording cover by Walkin Jim Stoltz

Kid for Wild Scholarships 2022

Sarah Morse from Medocino, CA

Sarah is curious and adventurous. She feels that one person and a simple action can change the world in a big way. Sarah is a leader in her classroom, but loves the natural world.  She shared a story.” I went backpacking a few years ago with my family in the Sierra Mountains. I had dirt all over my face by the last day of the trip. It felt really good not caring about how you look while doing spending time in nature. It made me feel really connected to the outdoors like I was a part of it.”

Sasha Yada from Sequim, WA

Sasha feels that Alpengirl summer camp can deepen her connection with nature and help her gain lots of knowledge. I am really looking forward to activities that are new to me, like sea kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness camping.  “I will surely appreciate the great outdoors ability to naturally calm me down.  Earth, our home and our planet, is an amazing place built up by humankind and our creativity. Every day somebody can do an act that makes a difference. Not only can one person make a difference but everybody can.”    

Camp Habitat, located at Creamer’s Field Migratory Bird Refuge in Fairbanks, AK.    

Received the 3rd Scholarship this year to support 3 campers,  ages 8-11   The 2,200–acre Refuge has forests, fields and wetland habitat and provides ample chances to spot wildlife. The 300 acres of fields have a primary role in providing thousands of migratory birds a place to feed and rest each spring and fall. At Camp Habitat, campers learn about the natural history of Interior Alaska through engaging activities, games, hikes, projects, and guest speakers. They will explore the natural world through themes such as plants, animals, birds, fish, habitats, and people & the environment.      

This year, the scholarship fund also helps from Tanzania with their school fees:

Hafsah Kindu in her first year at a medical school she is in the College of health science Bugando 

As she was an environmental leader in high school. Hafsa has achieved so much by keeping the school environment clean and green and teaching others in the important of “keeping our continent green by doing an the right things.” The scholarship will help her to carry on doing good things at her college planting more trees and working together with colleagues to educate others on environmental protection, trash management and tree planting around lake Victoria .

Abigail Kindu in grade seven at Bahari school in Dar esalaam 

Abigail is a member of Tanzania youth scout which is known as centre of excellence for nature , environment and sustainability. The main goal is to educate the youth to protect the environment. The scholarship will help Abigail to travel to the areas of concern about huge environmental destruction especially a big hydro power project at Selous game reserve, where thousands of acres of natural forest  was cleared to allow the project to take over, such a huge destruction. This tour will help to get a first hand experience and later on share with the Tanzanian youth the important of conserving and protecting nature. There will be other ongoing scouts activities like cleaning the beach and help educate others not to litter the beach.

Here are some updates from this years winners for all of you following the scholarship fund.
First are some quotes from participants of some of the AlpenGirls programs:

“Alpengirl has been on of the best camping experiences that I have ever been on, it has inspired me to do so many new things..I will definitely do it again next year!” – Tatum

“If this camp can push me out of my comfort zone, maybe I could make more friends at home too. I have been doing better from this camp experience, and I hope in the future it will keep helping me overcome my social anxiety, and teach me that it is okay to be myself, and not give up no matter what.” – Brooklyn 

“Mirror Lake is a place of mystery and beauty. At the right time of the day, the lake reflects all of the light hitting it and becomes invisible except to those worthy of its wonders and waters.” – Dahlia

“All of the Alpenguides and campers did a good job being there for each other, helping to just be good people to cheer you up if needed. Im so grateful that I was able to be a part of this camp, I had a blast!” – Sarah

“At the beginning of camp I was not sure if I was going to like it, but I was completely wrong. Everyone is so great, the guides are like fun aunts that you get to spend time with and the other campers have become like my sisters. We have come so far as a group…I will miss everyone.” – Sasha

“The Alpengirl horse packing trip is something I will never forget. it was so much fun, exciting and so so pretty. I would love to come back and do it agin, The people were amazing too!” – Kaleigh

“The places we have visited look so unreal and the stars are always twinkling brightly at night…the people at this camp all have fun personalities and there has never been a boring day!” – Nikki

You can see from these highlights what an enjoyable experience our campers had. Some were returners, and came to camp ready to make new friends and have more memorable adventures, but for others it was their first time in the backcountry and their session sparked a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors

Coast to Cascades with Alpen Girls
Backpacking North Cascades

Coast to Cascades Alpengirls program
Montana Explorer
Montana Wild Explorer program/ canoing the upper Missouri River