Today’s youth are exposed to a variety of negative factors making them more at risk to injury, academic failure and poor health. Teens are likely to be more at risk when they lack a strong support system. Many face economic, social and emotional issues. Limitless Transition Services is, “an organization that helps young adults who are @risk acquire self-worth and learn necessary skills to transition into adulthood.” Founder and Director, Nicole Broberg and Associate Director Annie Munk, have dedicated themselves to help these kids develop the tools they need to enter adulthood equipped to be successful.
Limitless Transition Services provides opportunities for growth through experiential activities. LTS works closely with these kids to assist them through academic requirements for high school graduation. They also provide real world business skills by manufacturing and selling their own line of flavored salts. Salt of the Earth, are blended gourmet salts blended and bottled by the kids who then market the product online and in local farmer markets. Being involved in a functioning business setting, the kids learn real world skills that will aid their transition to adulthood and enter the job market with marketable skills. One of the other essential experiential activities that LTS facilitates is adventure opportunities. Nicole and Annie have provided an environment where these kids can be involved in a safe and welcoming peer group. Spending much of their own resources to outfit the kids is difficult.
Gear Forward’s mission to “Outfit the Next Generation of Adventurers”, has partnered with various groups working with youth by providing the gear needed to get outside and experience the great outdoors. Often, kids without the financial resources to have basic outdoor gear are unable to be involved in having adventure and outdoor opportunities. At Gear Forward we believe every kid deserves a backpack, sleeping bag and tent, the fundamental items to allow them to escape momentarily in the wilderness.
Gear Forward has partnered with a variety of sources to get the resources and gear to outfit our next generation of adventurers. One such partner is HydroBlu. Located in the West Jordan, Utah at the foot of the Wasatch Front mountain range, HydroBlu has designed and manufactures water filtration systems for outdoor enthusiasts. Aaron Kirkham, Marketing Manager for HydroBlu was eager to help Gear Forward when learning of our mission and our desire to help Limitless Transition Services. HydroBlu generously donated backpacks and a pressurized water filtration system for the group. Aaron also mentioned a desire and commitment to help with future needs for Gear Forward.
Gear Forward is a grass roots organization. All it takes to make a difference in a young person’s life is for someone to donate a gently used or new item of outdoor gear. There is enough surplus gear sitting in people’s basements, sheds and garages to easily outfit a generation of kids. There are also costs associated in logistics, financial donations are also needed and greatly appreciated. You can also show your support by buying a Gear Forward sticker or T-shirt. All proceeds go directly to outfit the kids. In addition to individual efforts, partnerships with companies like HydroBlu who may have factory blemished items or excess inventory available can also make a world of difference.
Gear Forward is a 501(3c) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a difference by helping Gear Forward assist organizations like Limitless Transition Services, The Boy and Girl Scouts of America and many others. Please visit our website at www.gearforward.org and get hold of one of our Ambassadors if you would like to engage Gear Forward.
There is a day for everything and everyone and today is the day for those of us who were determined young men who strived for excellence and earned our Eagle Scout rank as a Boy Scout. Why is today National Eagle Scout Day, you may ask. On August 1, 1912, the first Eagle board of review was held for a young man named Arthur Eldred. Arthur became the first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, only two years after the Boy Scouts was founded. Since the inception of the BSA, over two million young men have achieved this highest of honors within the Program, and I am proud to be one of them.
I have always been amazed by the fabric of those at a young willing to cast aside distractions of youth to move towards this goal. Others around the perspective Eagle Scout will always support the young man's desire and advise him on the real value of the rank that won't be delivered for many years to come. This weird mixture of the pull of adolescence and the desire to be something more, to separate from the pack and to show who you really are inside at a young age is quite extraordinary feat. This test at a young age has produced some amazing men, statesmen, astronauts, businessmen and just extraordinary human beings.
I shall always be indebted to my Scoutmasters, my scouting community, the first class Camp Yawgoog, my family and the older scouts before me who all provided support and direction to help me achieve this honor. I am an Eagle and always will be, for this I thank all of you. Gear Forward quite simply is my way of saying thanks to all those that supported me and made me the man I am. Gear Forward is my Adult Eagle Scout Project to ensure the next generation of adventurers are equipped to reach this highest honor as well. No matter one's economic or social background, those that want to get outside and become the best man or woman they want... should have the resources to do so.
Achieving the rank and status an Eagle Scout is a serious endeavor. One of my former bosses once said "When you take on a job you take on the responsibility that goes along with it". Well, this is me taking on the responsibility of my rank, and ensuring that I do my good deed daily. There are tens of thousands of young boys and girls who want to be outside, but don't have what they need to explore, experience nature and hone their outdoor skills, Gear Forward is here to satisfy that need.
If you are an Eagle Scout, today I ask... Have you done a good deed today? If not, find a way to give back and make the world a better place.
Executive Director, Gear Forward
Eagle Scout, 1993