Post 58 is the largest youth outdoor education and adventure organization in the Northwest. We make the outdoors accessible for teenagers from throughout the Portland area at very low cost. The Post is largely student-run and volunteer-based, consisting of 141 student members (ages 14-18) and 54 adult advisors. We run 55 trips a year, ranging from weekend rock climbing and day-hikes, to multiple-day mountain climbs, to multi-week international adventures around the world in places like New Zealand, Nepal and Peru. The Post is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we depend on all our own fundraising to survive. In order to keep the Post inclusive for all, we charge members only about 40 percent of actual per student operating cost, the rest of the cost is made up by fundraisers like this!
The Post also runs outreach programs in conjunction with other organizations so that our resources enable teens from the community, who are not members, to enjoy the beauty and magic of the outdoors. We run outdoor trips for homeless and transitional teens through the organization P:ear, as well as several outdoor programs at local Public high schools. This year we are excited to kick off a new collaboration with Oregon Department of Human Services to provide outdoor opportunities to Oregon teens in the Foster Care system and with Janus Youth Programs. The yearly operating costs for the Post are mostly to provide training and certification of our adult advisors, providing financial aid for trips, management and coordination of finances, releases, permits, and maintaining safe and up to date gear for use on our outings. It is crucial that all of our adult advisors have proper and sufficient training in outdoor teaching, first aid, rescue and leadership, and must be held to a certain standard to be eligible to lead a trip. These trainings are not cheap, but it is important to us that training remains free for the advisors, who already volunteer a massive amount of their time to the Post. We also believe it is absolutely crucial to provide financial aid so that students who would otherwise not be able to afford outdoor experiences, are able to get outside through the Post.
This Climbathon is our big annual fundraiser, and all 140 students in addition to our advisors will convene on February 25th, 2018, from 6-9pm at the Portland Rock Gym. We will climb both top-rope and lead routes, and students will try to complete as many climbs as possible within the allotted time. Please support this effort! We want as many teens as possible in the outdoors!