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All of our exceptional and highly motivated students participate in the program on full or partial scholarships, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation will directly support the ARC program in the following ways:

$5000     Sponsors an entire life-changing 40-day summer course for 1 high school student
$3500     Sponsors an entire life-changing 24-day summer course for 1 high school student
$2500     Sponsors a 7-day group backpacking expedition in Yosemite or Desolation Wilderness
$1500     Sponsors 12 youth for a weekend retreat excursion to Lake Tahoe or the Central Coast
$1000     Sponsors a week of literacy & leadership classes for 1 student during ARC’s summer course
$500       Creates an opportunity for youth to build trust & overcome challenges at a ropes course
$50         Sponsors one high school student to practice determination through rock climbing
$25         Sponsors 1 student to attend an SAT prep workshop

We are excited to announce that, after two years of strategic planning and a one-year pilot program in Sanger, California, we have committed to offering a third Summer Immersion Course beginning in 2017. Partnering with the school district, the community, and a major foundation who invited us to work in Sanger based on our program’s success, we are already having a significant impact and will soon be empowering 50% more youth in our transformative programs!

We need your help to purchase new gear for the expansion of our program. The chart below includes some of our current needs. Any donations received beyond what’s required for supplies will go directly toward our programming at any one of our three sites. Thank you for considering these exciting gift opportunities!

$4200    12 Laptops at $350 each
$1920    12 Sleeping bags at $160 each
$1000    4 Sets of backpacking stoves and kitchen gear
$500    All necessary first aid and repair kit supplies
$140    1 of 12 Backpacks for wilderness expeditions
$75      1 of 24 Pairs of hiking boots
$50      1 of 12 Helmets for peak ascents and rock climbing

To support ARC click one of the “Donate” buttons on this page or mail a check payable to Adventure Risk Challenge to:

Adventure Risk Challenge
PO Box 3208
Truckee, CA 96160

For more information on our giving program, please contact us.

ARC also greatly appreciates your in-kind gifts. Our needs include:
  • Office supplies
  • Gently used outdoor equipment and gear
  • Gently used outdoor clothing
  • Young adult novels and dictionaries for our library
  • New hiking boots and socks


Volunteering for ARC
Year after year, our volunteers have provided invaluable service to the program. We have many opportunities for both our summer and year-round programming.
Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Mentoring a student
  • Tutoring in English and/or Environmental Science
  • Logistics support
  • Staff support in community events and stewardship projects
  • Teaching a skill to students
  • Participating in our Advisory Council
Linda Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund
Linda Lopez was a devoted public servant and supporter of the Adventure Risk Challenge Program. She spent countless hours mentoring participants from our Yosemite program, sharing with them invaluable wisdom that truly changed the way they viewed the world. In honor of Linda Lopez, Adventure Risk Challenge has created a scholarship fund in her memory that will provide full scholarships to Merced County youth to participate in our 40-day summer course. Learn more about this amazing woman and her legacy.
Linda and Ricardo
Partner Organizations
IRIE Rafting
Summer Search
Sagehen Creek Field Station
Yosemite Conservancy
Yosemite Leadership Program
Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner
Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation
Vail Epic Promise
Project Discovery
Calvin Crest
Rotary Club of Tahoe City
SH Cowell Foundation
Yosemite National Park
Placer County Health and Human Services
Summit Adventure
Rotary Club of Tahoe City

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