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The outdoors are our collective greatest treasure and gift that we offer the next generation. Gear Forward, simply, is about providing the next generation of stewards, adventurers, Scoutmasters, and Girl Scout Leaders the resources they need to get outdoors. No child should be denied access to all the outdoors has to offer because they don't have the necessary equipment. Through the collection of gently used outdoor gear and partnerships with amazing gear manufacturers and retailers, Gear Forward works with outdoor-focused non-profit organizations to get donated gear into the hands of youth that need it. 

Gear Forward has been in existence since late 2015 and was the creation of Scott Gauvin, a former outdoor blogger and Eagle Scout who wanted to donate some of the large amounts of gear he had accumulated during his tenure as an avid outdoor gear tester and reviewer.


Scott gauvin

Founder/ Executive director

Scott Gauvin is the Founder of Gear Forward and has served as the Executive Director since the organization's inception in late 2015. Scott is charged with the overall development of the organization to get outdoor gear into the hands of our youth that need it. Gear Forward is continually working to develop new and lasting partnerships within the outdoor industry to make donations to youth in need easier to fulfill.


Scott knows all too well the struggles of wanting to be outside as a youth without the proper gear. As a member of the Boy Scouts, Scott was the regular recipient of hand me down gear from his beloved Scoutmaster until such a time when he could purchase his own. Now a proud Eagle Scout, Scott hopes to help boys and girls in a similar situation to ensure that those who crave being outdoors have the gear to meet their desire. 

Check out this recent video of Gear Forward's effort to outfit the Sierra Institute in California.

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