By Hélène Park, Founder of Toasty Time

Bay Area Wilderness Training is a non-profit organization that works to support teachers and youth workers in taking their youth into the outdoors. They envision a generation of social and environmental leaders, inspired by positive and meaningful experiences in nature that reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area local community.

Recently, Toasty Time had the opportunity to donate 108 hoodies to this special organization.

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The hoodies will be borrowed by hundreds of campers as part of the organzation’s gear library, alongside sleeping bags, ground pads, tents, cookware, and other camping equipment.


Outdoor camps had a significant impact on my childhood. As a kid, camping provided a special slice of a different reality, giving me a break from my own. It gave me a peek into a realm of peace and emotional stability, allowing me to find solace in nature when there were occasional tensions at home.

I was able to enjoy these camps because they were supported in part by a variety of charitable avenues. It was because of these generous programs and their donors that I was able to have these life-altering experiences, which would have otherwise been inaccessible.

The donation was made for this group based on their mission of providing equitable access to the outdoors for youth of color and low-income youth.

Like-minded non-profits are welcome to reach out for donations:


Did you know…?

Cotton isn’t a good material for camping? It retains moisture, drying slowly and losing its thermal properties. Synthetics are ideal, as they wick away moisture and keep you warm. Toasties are made of only synthetics: The hoodies are 80% polyester, 20% rayon, and the mittens are 100% acrylic, keeping hands and torsos nice & toasty when enjoying the outdoors.

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