Gear Girls uses mountain biking, trail work, and snow sports to build confidence, outdoor competence, community, and character in young women grades 4-8. Girls learn practical skills in trail building, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, while absorbing lessons in mindfulness, teamwork, and determination that will prepare them for life’s bigger challenges. Gear Girls is a project of the Arizona Trail Association, and is tuition-free for all participants!
Youth Outreach & Education Coordinator (Northern Arizona), Arizona Trail Association
A $5K grant from The Cairn Project will provide general support for this tuition-free program, including funding for transportation to increase program accessibility, and gear purchases to boost Gear Girls’ ability to make sure everyone is fully equipped for fun! Stewardship programs including trail work are woven into each season’s program, which includes weekly practice sessions that take girls on increasingly challenging terrain to build biking and snow sport skills!