Kids Outside Awards exists to shine a helpful public spotlight on needy, high-impact nonprofits that are connecting Seattle-area youth with the natural outdoors.
Most nonprofit youth-in-nature programs need more than just additional funds. The right kind of increased visibility within their regional community can provide these organizations with valuable support for an array of top-priority needs.
Please see the Nominate section of this web site for more details on the award process schedule, nomination, judging criteria, etc.
The the 2015 nomination application deadline is March 1, 2015
All organizations that qualify as Kids Outside Awards nominees provide tremendous value to our community and to the benefit of our natural outdoor places.
The Kids Outside Awards program annually shines a public spotlight primarily on three Awardees selected by our judges from a group of ten Finalists. We're using this focused approach in order to increase the potential benefit of the Kids Outside Awards upon a few needy organizations each year, versus a more “watered-down” attempt to equally support all qualified nominees.
Do you wish to nominate an organization? If so, then:
Prospective nominees must be able to answer “yes” to both of the questions below in order to qualify for application submittal (“qualified nominee” status):
Following is the criteria that our judges will use to select the Awardees:
Each organization will be asked to list three needs that Kids Outside Awards would spotlight (via publicity) if the organization becomes and Awardee.
Have you fully read, and do you understand, the information above? If so, and if your prospective nominee meets qualification criteria, then begin the nomination application by doing the following:
The Campfire Hoopla is an evening bash to be held in a setting that’s relevant to the spirit of the Kids Outside Awards. The event will feature an inspiring awards ceremony along with scrumptious light appetizers, hosted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, live instrumental music from Buckshot tuned perfectly for the scene, and of course...campfires!
We have selected a date in the spring and a venue for the 2015 Campfire Hoopla. We’re working with advisors including Sustainable Seattle to finalize details, which will soon be posted on this site.
The 2015 Campfire Hoopla is our inaugural event, so we’re taking baby steps by limiting the total number of attendees to less than 200. Ticket sales will occur through our Awardees and Spotlight Teams.
Here is a Spotlight Team information document (PDF): click here to download
Kids Outside Awards is fortunate to have recruited a group of 2015 judges who collectively bring a healthy range of relevant backgrounds and experiences to the award selection process.
Below is a current list of our 2015 judges, with links to their bio’s and brief statements about how their backgrounds are particularly relevant to judging this program.
Please see the Nominate section of this web site for more details on the judging criteria, award process schedule, nomination details, etc.
Here is a judging information document (PDF): click here to download
Manny Chao, Co-founder/Georgetown Brewing Company - Program founder and outings volunteer for a Franklin High School (Seattle, WA) youth-in-nature program, and continuously provides sponsorship support for Seattle area youth-in-nature programs.
Robin Chiles, Leadership Development Director/Metrocenter YMCA - 10+ years helping kids get outside, first with Passages Northwest and now with the YMCA, where she oversees the admissions process for the outdoor leadership programs. Robin has spoken with thousands of parents and kids just before they head out on their first wilderness trip.
Karen Daubert, Executive Director/Washington Trails Association - 12+ years leading nonprofits that provide/promote youth outdoor activities: 9+ years as ED of Seattle Parks Foundation and 3+ years as ED of Washington Trails Association.
Ed Ewing, Director of Major Taylor Project, Diversity & Inclusion/Cascade Bicycle Club - Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest cycling club in the U.S. Ed helps to engage young people from all backgrounds in cycling and helps them prepare for epic adventures such as the +/- 200-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) ride.
Maria Flack, Teacher/Showalter Middle School (Tukwila, WA) - Seattle area youth-in-nature program volunteer for 2 years, then 10+ years as a founder and teacher representative for the program at her Tukwila schools.
Martinique Grigg, Executive Director/The Mountaineers - The Mountaineers is the largest volunteer climbing organization in the U.S. and a leading publisher of books and resources on outdoor recreation as well as outdoor programs for adults and youth.
Martin LeBlanc, SVP External Affairs/IslandWood, BOD Northwest Outward Bound, BOD Metrocenter YMCA, VP Emeritus BOD/Children in Nature Network - In addition to his roles listed above, Martin is former Sierra Club Director of everything that involved getting kids outside across the U.S. He is also a regular at White House summits on kids outdoors.
A group-hug of gratitude for our 2015 Campfire Hoopla sponsors!
In-kind donationAbout Sponsor
We’re actively recruiting sponsors (event operations funding, and certain in-kind categories) that are critical to the success of this program. Donations are tax-deductible through our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor Sustainable Seattle.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Campfire Hoopla: email us
Kids Outside Awards is an all-volunteer WA nonprofit corporation with one simple objective: To shine a helpful public spotlight on needy, high-impact nonprofits that are connecting Seattle-area youth with the natural outdoors.
Our first three awards will be presented in 2015. Our aspiration is that, over time, the benefits of this annual program will cumulatively bring significant incremental support to our entire community of qualified Kids Outside Awards nominees.
Sustainable Seattle is our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Given our aligned missions, Sustainable Seattle has generously offered to partner with us in support of Campfire Hoopla event production, and it is an understatement to say that this is an invaluable service to the Kids Outside Awards program.
John Daly, founder & executive director
Terri Butler, advisor/Sustainable Seattle
Michelle Ruiz, advisor/Sustainable Seattle
Andrew Jay, advisor/nominations & judging
Natalie Angelillo, advisor/community spotlight
Cori Ready, advisor/event coordination
Katherine Tomkins, advisor/sponsorship
Brett Tanis-Likkel, advisor/web & graphic design
David Harms, advisor/misc. nerdy technical help