The George Fund Mission: Helping Ouray County youth explore the out of doors to foster personal growth and a compassionate world view. The George Fund Vision: Inspiring Confidence, Courage and Compassion The George Fund provides financial assistance to Ouray County, Colorado youth who wish to pursue outdoor or experiential educational opportunities for personal and interpersonal growth. … Continue reading 2017 Ouray County Winter Sports Swap ~ October 6 & 7
It’s a common lament: Kids today are over-scheduled, over-screened and over-protected. Only older folk can share tales of spending entire days playing outside — not on a team or in a game, but just playing. “Our mom would throw us out the door in the morning and turn us loose all day and say ‘I … Continue reading GOCO’s Generation Wild campaign encourages kids to get outside ~ The Denver Post
~~~~~~~ Dear Gorge Fund. George Gardner Scholarship Fund has given me wings over the years to really get after experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Recently, I was fortunate enough to become a certified Wilderness First Responder through the National Outdoor Leadership School, all thanks to the generous … Continue reading ~ Alma Sophie Johnson’s recent NOLS, Wilderness First Responder course ~
Thanks to the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, I was able to have an amazing experience with the Silverton Avalanche School. I learned so much and am very humbled by the consequences of ignoring the dangers of the winter environment & not following proper protocol. I am much more confident because of the education, training and winter skills … Continue reading Learning avalanche and safety skills at the Silverton Avalanche School
Pat Ament said, "When you ride your bike, you're working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it's flowing all the time.” While climbing … Continue reading Big Wall Dreams~~ Chance Ronemus
Hi Jerry & the George Fund.. Chance had a very successful day of big wall training yesterday (MAY 18, 2014). It really boosted his skills and I think he is truly ready to tackle some introductory aid routes in Yosemite. All in all, Chance picked up quite a few new skills and I think he … Continue reading Chance Ronemus prepares for Yosemite on George Scholarship Fund assist.
I’d like to share with you my adventures that GGSF made possible. The price of an individual lesson was cost prohibitive so without the GGSF, I wouldn’t have been able to participate at all. I was able to climb and learn with an awesome EXUM climbing guide who took me up on my first multi-pitch … Continue reading A scholarship to climb with the pros…….
May of 2013, the George Gardner Scholarship Fund Board of Directors met to peruse over Ouray County student scholarship applications. We spent most of an afternoon hashing them over and trying to decide who qualified, who really earned consideration, who would benefit the most from financial assistance. After hours of rereading and discussing all options … Continue reading George Gardner Scholarship Fund Awards Scholarships — 2013