CampInteractive Summer Summit in Montauk, NY Print E-mail

Saturday, July 19 to July 26th, NYC Inspiring Connections Outdoors assisted CampInteractive on their Summer Young Entrepreneur Summit as they camped out near the beach in Montauk, NY.  Volunteers joined for the weekend activities and some throughout the week.  The students had a great time setting up tents, building a bonfire, building mobile apps, surfing the waves of the Atlantic, kayaking in Fort Pond, hiking out to the Montauk Lighthouse, and much more during this packed week of fun and learning.

CatRock Leadership Retreat in Kent, CT Print E-mail

The following amazing trip report and testimonial was written by student Vimary Toribio, a new CatRock Sierra Club Youth Leader describing the recent leadership retreat featuring caving/hiking/fishing/kayaking/swimming trip the weekend of June 7, 2014.

NYC ICO would also like to give a big shout out to Kenneth Merin of the Charles Hayden Foundation for helping support the development of these students and their leadership potential.  In addition, BIG thanks to Joey Yasgur who hosted the CatRock students and leaders at his home for the leadership retreat!

"My experiences on the first two Sierra Club Cat Rock trips have been amazing and each was one of a kind. The hiking trip was one of the longest and most challenging things that I have accomplished so far. However, it was a great experience to know that you had a team there to support you and for you to help support. If one of us needs to stop everyone else needs to stop too. Basically knowing the fact that you are going through such challenge with a team that supports you, made me want to not give up on the middle of the hike and keep going because they were my motivation. The view was truly beautiful - since I live in the city I sometimes forget how beautiful and relaxing can be nature.

ELLIS High & CatRock Leadership Academy Raft Delaware Water Gap Print E-mail

On a beautiful and sunny June 28, 2014, a record size group of 51 students, recent high school grads, teachers, ICO volunteers and the Community TeamWorks volunteers from Goldman Sachs joined together for a great day of rafting, swimming and epic water fights on the Delaware Water Gap! It was a great way to cap the school year, as a few days earlier a number of the students celebrated their high school graduation! We were happy to help them celebrate.

Students and graduates were present from ELLIS High School as well as members of CatRock from West Bronx Academy for the Future, Kappa International High School and Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. In addition, 8 volunteers from Goldman Sach’s Community TeamWorks program enthusiastically joined for the day! On the bus, ICO assistant leaders Pedro Jerez and Justin Zucker helped everyone on the bus get to know someone new through an ice breaking game so we started the day with new friends.

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