Backyard Bound

An annual youth-developed and youth-led summit: planned with the community for the community


ATTENTION: Bay Area Youth Group Leader,


WHO:      San Francisco’s Crissy Field Center’s Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) is a youth initiated, designed and coordinated program for a diverse group of San Francisco high school students dedicated to creating positive environmental and social change in their communities.


WHAT:   On behalf of theCrissy Field Center and the Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) program, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in 2012-2013’s 2nd annual Backyard Bound summit forhigh school students.  In 2011, the first summit’s theme was “How do we reconnect youth back to the parks and the outdoors”? It brought over 100 Bay Area youth together to camp out, experience outdoor activities, and dialogue together solutions that encouraged youth to go outdoors through technology, youth campaigns, and family. The work from this summit was recognized by the Department of the Interior’s “Take Pride in America” award.


For the 2012-2013 year, the theme will be selected during  a planning summit in October 2012 with youth program organizations that represent different communities in the Bay Area. The theme will have some kind of  Earth Day focus, exploring social and environmental issues.


WHEN:  There are two pathways to participation:


    Option A

Commit to attend both summits:

·        Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28th, 2012:Planning summit (be a part of setting the theme, co-hosting the main summit with workshops and outdoor experiences with other organizations, lead discussions –great leadership opportunity for an organization and for participating youth leaders)– limited to 40 participants, each organization should send 1-2 leaders with 3-4 youth.

·        Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21st, 2013 –Main summit (youth participate in outdoor experiences, team and skill-building workshops, and discussions relevant to the theme) –limited to 100 participants


In 2011, youth participated in activities such as ropes course, wilderness survival training, catch and release crabbing, an “Amazing Race-like” scavenger hunt in the Presidio, hiking and art. Workshops that were offered explored national parks, environmental justice, stereotypes, urban ecology and wildlife, writing and poetry, and cultural identity. The 2013 Summit will bring new offerings by and for participants.



Option B

Attend only the main summit:

·        Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21st, 2013 –Main summit (youth participate in outdoor experiences, workshops, and discussions relevant to the  theme) –limited to 100 participants



WHERE:  Enjoy the overnight  camp-out summit atthe newly renovated Rob Hill Campground located in the Presidio, San Francisco, CA. All gear, supplies, and food are provided! Assistance with  transportation can be arranged.


WHY:        Let’s re-envision together as a community what Earth Day means, and youth leadership’s role in it.



·        Registration and commitment fee is $25 per person including chaperones. (Sliding scale available. This fee includes 3 meals, snacks, activities, and overnight accommodations)



Please check out the video produced from 2011’s summit here:


High School Programs Manager: Jie Chen at 415-561-7766 or


Thanks you and looking forward to seeing you and your youth group participate at the summits!

Crissy Field Center is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. Crissy Field Center programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthier communities, and a more environmentally just society.

Backyard Beyond 2012-2013 – Invitation Information Letter






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