The goal of the Outsiders Ball is to support 100 projects that get young people outdoors and active.

As a founding partner of the Outsiders Ball, Chaco has the opportunity to identify and invest in three community

projects that deserve funding and align with our business and philanthropic strategies. 

One project is being given up to our social community to choose.  (That’s you!)

The OIA Foundation will manage and oversee all grant activities including project vetting, coordination, oversight,

evaluation and all financial responsibilities -- ensuring maximum sponsor benefit and minimum time commitment.

Criteria: Projects must meet a few key requirements.

• Projects must be managed by a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization (funds will be awarded to these charities)

• Projects must increase participation in outdoor recreation among young people

• Projects should have clear goals and measurable objectives

Comment on this post by July 10th 2013 with the project or group you believe in most and

Team Chaco will choose one lucky group or project to award. 


Comments (16)

By ellieb406 7/9/2013

Camp Barnabas would be perfect for this! It's a summer camp for kids, teenagers and young adults with special needs. For a lot of these kids coming to Barnabas is one of the best part of the year, where they feel included and empowered to try new things such as zip lining, canoeing, fishing, camping, archery, etc. That said, since the camp is in the middle of the Ozarks and all about being outside; just about every staff and volunteer can be found sporting a pair of Chacos around camp. Camp Barnabas is a place that truly makes it so that everyone is able to enjoy being outdoors!

By Adventure Holly 7/5/2013

The Mountain Community School in Hendersonville, NC is a non-profit Charter School seeking funding for our students to attend an outdoor education experiential learning program called Adventure Treks. Students would have the opportunity to develop a connection with nature, be exposed to outdoor activities, and learn skills necessary for 21st century success: communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving. This would be an extension of the schools "Good To Grow Initiatives." The mission of this program is to affect long term change in our students, families, and community through integrated wellness programs. Our measurable goals are to reduce overall Body Mass Index, increase the number of times our families exercise per week, offer healthier food choices at school functions and create an environment that fosters enthusiasm towards a well rounded healthy life. Visit us at:

By makeitwild 7/10/2013

Can Canadian ENGO's or projects qualify for nomination? Where can I get more information about the other 99 projects that receive funding and how to apply? Thanks for this!

By nina 7/9/2013

I would like to nominate Fishabilities of Missoula, Montana! It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides recreational fishing opportunities to individuals with disabilities in Missoula, Montana and the surrounding areas. Everyone should be able to enjoy fly fishing!! The agency seeks to address barriers created by the presence of disability and develop adaptive approaches to maximize the outdoor experience and access to fishing for all participants, young and old. Improvements in the quality of life of those Fishabilities serves is measured with pre-, post-, and follow-up assessments. Fishabilities has received an incredible amount of public interest and, as a burgeoning non-profit, would greatly benefit from this donation. Visit the website at!!

By kcherry88 7/2/2013

Camp Twin Lakes! We love Chacos! Founded in 1993, Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) provides year-round recreational, therapeutic and educational camp programs for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. The mission of Camp Twin Lakes is to provide places and paths for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and life challenges to experience the joys of childhood and grow in their confidence and capabilities. “365 days a year, I can’t walk but at Camp Twin Lakes, I can fly” said a young camper as she was gently lowered back into her wheelchair after flying down the zip line at Camp Twin Lakes in a fully supportive body harness. This camper is just one of the thousands of children and teens served annually by CTL. The opportunity for our campers to have a shared experience with other children facing similar challenges is truly life-changing. Camp helps campers build camaraderie and friendships, and equally important, support systems that will see them through their hard times back at home which often entail doctor's appointments, hospital visits and ongoing treatments. We know how important physical and social environments are to the health and well-being of children. Through Camp Twin Lakes, children find positive role models who help them focus on their abilities. Our adaptive equipment and specialized programs allow campers to participate in activities that they never thought possible.

By lindzmalone 7/9/2013

I would love to see Splore ( as a recipient! Here at Splore, outdoor adventures are the medium we have chosen to change someone's life for the better. We take people of all ages and all abilities on outdoor adventures, from rafting to climbing to skiing. Most of our programs are customized for people with disabilities, and one of our favorite programs is a semester-long outdoor leadership program (EVOLVE) for youth who are minorities or refugees in the greater Salt Lake area. Our goal is to help people overcome the barriers to the outdoors, and the EVOLVE Project is just one of the many ways we are changing lives and giving people a new appreciation and love for the outdoors.

By Ryanflauer 7/11/2013

City Kids Wilderness Project ( provides extraordinary outdoor adventures, leadership development, year-round enrichment and academic support for under-resourced urban youth in Washington, DC!

By Olliem40 7/6/2013

Camp Barnabas in Purdy Missouri! At camp Barnabas they specialize in dedicating their summer to help those kids with disabilities and illnesses to make sure they have the best week of their year. For many of these children it's one of the only times a year they get to get out of the house and enjoy themselves and be surrounded by people who love them and take care of them. It's insane how many people at camp Barnabas wear chacos.. Actually that's just about all anyone wears. Camp Barnabas could very much benefit from this, it's a very special camp for kids and adults where they can be themselves and have fun.

By MaryMartha 7/3/2013

At Camp Twin Lakes, we truly appreciate the learning experiences the Outdoors can offer to young people. Camp Twin Lakes provides life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. At camp, kids learn about themselves and gain confidence doing things they never imagined they would be able to do. Kids who have struggled with obesity ride bikes and go hiking. Kids who use wheelchairs ride horses and fly down zip-lines. Kids who have undergone radiation and chemotherapy learn that there are other kids out there who don't have any hair right now, either, and aren't ashamed of it. I bet every counselor at Camp Twin Lakes owns a pair of Chacos, and even the office staff wear them whenever they get the chance to go to camp. Camp is a magical place; I have heard several parents call it "Heaven on Earth."

By mrsstags 7/9/2013

Katie's Krops! Started by Katie when she was only 9-years-old, The mission of Katie's Krops is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. Katie's Krops has over 60 kid-run vegetable gardens growing from Hawaii to Maine where the whole harvest is donated to families in need at soup kitchens, food banks, homeless shelters and patients at cancer centers. These kids are growing (some year round) in gardens at their schools, homes, parks, Boys and Girls Clubs, basically anywhere a garden can be grown. The young Katie's Krops growers are getting outside and working to grow their gardens to help end hunger. These kids are getting an education in agriculture, the environment, nutrition, compassion, environmental science and they are getting great exercise. Gardening is a wonderful form of outdoor recreation that can teach life long lessons. All of Katie's Krops growers are between the ages of 9 and 16. Katie, who is now 14-years-old, has a dream of having gardens in all 50 states, to empower more kids to get outside and grow a healthy end to hunger in their community while staying healthy themselves. Katie's Krops is a 501c3.

By ahillmontana 7/9/2013

Fishabilities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides recreational fishing opportunities to individuals with disabilities in Missoula, Montana and the surrounding areas. The agency seeks to address barriers created by the presence of disability and develop adaptive approaches to maximize the outdoor experience and access to fishing for all participants, young and old. Improvements in the quality of life of those Fishabilities serves is measured with pre-, post-, and follow-up assessments. Fishabilities has received an incredible amount of public interest and, as a burgeoning non-profit, would greatly benefit from this donation. Visit the website at

By Kyle 7/9/2013

I would like to nominate Push America's Enabled Athlete Program. The program enables athletes of all abilities to realize their full potential by pushing the limit to what is thought possible. Through fully inclusive sporting events, Push America aims at bringing athletes with and without disabilities together through outdoor recreation to live healthy and active lives. From marathons to adaptive skiing, backpacking and sea kayaking, Push America's Enabled Athlete program bridges the gap between athletes with and without disabilities to realize what is possible through outdoor recreation. Website:

By MegH 7/2/2013

At Camp Twin Lakes every counselor and staff member wears Chacos and proudly sports their Chaco tan lines! Please support Camp Twin Lakes as we support children with serous illnesses, disabilities and life challenges. At Camp Twin Lakes, we make sure our campers can focus on what's possible instead of what they can't do due to their challenges. Thank you for keeping us moving in our Chaco's every summer. And, thank you for considering us as we continue to make sure our campers have a meaningful camp experience each summer.

By Outdoor C.A.R.E. 7/10/2013

Outdoor C.A.R.E. (Conservation and Recreation Education) could really use your help to get more youth outside. We are a nonprofit developed due to the popularity of the Rogers High School Outdoor Education course. We are state and national award winners for our innovative style of learning and integrated curriculum that combines environmental science and physical education with a focus on outdoor recreation. Students receive a half credit of science and a half credit of PE. Each student attends four field trips during school hours. Students attend trips for fly fishing, hiking, spelunking, paddling, rock climbing, rappelling, slack-lining, and disc golf. Each trip involves cooking, area cleanup, water quality monitoring, and ecosystem exploration. Due to the demand from students, we have developed an Outdoor Club that leads weekend expeditions, after school clinics, and community service events. We have also created alternative sports such as a mountain biking team, trap shooting team, archery team, bass fishing team, ultimate frisbee league, and disc golf league. We were also a Sams/Aquafina Top 100 Recycling Schools in the Country. Outdoor C.A.R.E. has implemented this course in several area schools and have more schools starting next year. We have many local partnerships that are helping us implement on a national level. We have had interest from across the country. At RHS, we have reached over 6,000 students and their families over the past 14 years. At our other schools, we have reached over 2,000 students and their families. Our mission is to create better stewards of our environment, instill healthier lives through the outdoors, and create better citizens of their community and the world. Chacos are taking over our school. The instructors wear chacos every day and many students have caught the passion as well. We would really appreciate your partnership. Thank you for all that your company does.

By Alien77 7/3/2013

Mountain Roots, Inc. would be a great fit for this project! Mountain Roots is a grassroots nonprofit in western North Carolina. The Mountain Roots crew strives to provide discovery and adventure learning experiences for all populations. We reach out through experiences that teach individuals and groups about enhancing their sense of self, leadership skills, environmental stewardship/awareness, and commitment to community. Mountain Roots is currently launching a new endeavor called Roots Adventures. These Adventures provide opportunities for individuals, groups, and families to explore the outdoors. Providing one outing per month, Roots Adventures allows individuals around western North Carolina an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Or perhaps, to really connect for the first time. Each program has a different focus including visits to local public lands to explore and learn more about Leave No Trace, and a local food production day where the group visits the local farmers market, as well as local farms and gardens. Roots Adventures focus on the journey of learning more about the deeper things in life. To learn more, visit

By PickITS 7/9/2013

I'd like to nominate Philadelphia Outward Bound ( Outward Bound inspires intercity youth to make positive choices for their future as students and as members of their communities. Through various outdoor activities, Outward Bound programs challenge students' physical and mental limitations, teach key survival and leadership skills by encouraging positive decision-making in unfamiliar situations. Outward Bound gives students the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion, and learn leadership skills and service ethics – regardless of financial ability.

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