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Scott Mestrezat

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I've been dreaming up a several-month-long journey for years. This summer I am finally doing it. I have decided to stand-up paddleboard the length of the Missouri River (no, I don't mean the Mississippi). I will be starting at the headwaters in Southwest Montana and following the Missouri for 2400 miles until I reach the St. Louis Arch. My goal is complete the trip somewhere around the 100th day on the water.

Not only is this a personal mission for me, I also want to use my adventure to help give back to teens across the country who live in inner-cities and who may never get to experience the power of the wilderness that I am so grateful for. I've partnered with national non-profit Big City Mountaineers who transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. They partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Their curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually. BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples' lives with:
• Increased likeliness to stay in school
• Reduction in violence
• Reduction in drug use

Obviously the wilderness has played a major part in my life and I'm asking you to help me give the gift of the wilderness to inner-city teens across the country. Wether you are able to donate $10 or $1,000, it will really make a difference and I will be humled and grateful.



Donor Comments

Scott - you are in the home stretch! Congratulations!! We have been following along and rooting you on all the way. Looking forward to seeing you soon. -Ron and Kathy Hartmann

Ron Hartmann

Go, Scott, go! Very proud of all you are doing. Have fun! Love, Mom

Elaine Mestrezat

Scott Mestrezat We are very proud to be able to say we know you and to tell people about the fantastic journey you are on. Stay strong and safe!

Marc McGregor

I enjoying following you on your blog! Stay safe and have fun.

Sarah Muller

Go Scott!!

Steve Rothman

I had a great week in the river with you Scott

William Mestrezat