Outdoor Nation and CamelBak Award Grants to Projects Engaging Millennial Leaders in Environmental Stewardship and Water Conservation

Washington, DC (March 1, 2013) - Today, Outdoor Nation, a national initiative connecting the Millennial Generation to the outdoors, and CamelBak, the leading hydration company, have selected ten projects from across the country to receive a CamelBak Challenge Grant. Grants were awarded to pioneering initiatives that are millennial-developed, address environmental issues and create sustainable eco-friendly practices in local communities around water conservation. Potential grantees were tasked with answering the question, “What would you do with $500 and 100 water bottles?”

CamelBak Challenge Grant recipients include: City Kids to Wilderness Project, Inc. “Get Hydrated Challenge!” from Washington, DC, CORE Educational Services “Waste Not Conservation Project – Teen Adventure Project” from Inglewood, CA, Eraina Nossa “What’s in Our Water?” from Carbondale, IL, Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona “Water at the End of the World” Tucson, AZ, Jill Campbell “Reducing Single-Use Water Bottles – One School’s Leadership Effort for an Entire Community”, Virginia Beach, VA, Missouri State University “100 bottles + 500 hours = Stewardship in the Ozarks”, Springfield, MO, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Wesleyan University: Green Week, Delaware, OH, Southwest Conservation corps, Connection Corps Wetlands Education, Salida, CO, University of North Texas Science Research Laboratory, Walk for Water, Denton, TX and National Cave and Karst Research Insittute, The Mystery of the Pecos River, Carlsbad, NM. Click here for information about the individual projects.

“CamelBak is proud to partner with the Outdoor Foundation once again to support this grant program”, said Chris Strain, Chief Marketing Officer for CamelBak. “Outdoor Nation enables us to empower new generations of healthy, active and environmentally aware young adults to make a difference in their local communities.”

“Outdoor Nation believes small grant programs like this empower a new generation of environmentally conscious outdoor activists,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that started the Outdoor Nation movement. “Through our partnership with CamelBak, we are investing resources in outstanding young adults and non-profits with innovative ideas and the motivation to bring their ideas to life.”

About the Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and charitable investment, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower youth to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: www.outdoorfoundation.org and www.outdoornation.org.

About CamelBak
Founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. CamelBak is achieving its mission to continually reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform by offering a mix of products that include everything from technical hydration packs to reusable bottles and individual UV purification systems. For more information, please visit www.camelbak.com or call 800.767.8725.

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