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BICO would like to thank its donors for their continued support!

About Us

Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. 

Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors (BICO) Inspiring Connections Outdoors was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing under-served Baltimore City youth with educational, enjoyable, and safe outdoor experiences at no cost to them. Over the last 15 years BICO has organized nearly 600 outings, serving almost 6000 youth. This could not have been done with the support of the many volunteers who lead outings, and provide their expertise in a variety of ways to our all-volunteer organization.

BICO provides environmental education and promotes:

  • Respect for the outdoors
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • A community service ethic

BICO outings in and around Baltimore include:

  • Nature hikes & orienteering
  • Camping, canoeing, cycling & caving
  • Initiative and Confidence coursework
  • Community service for Recreation & Parks Department

Guide

Since Inception (1999): Number of Trips: 444 Trips Number of Youth Participants: 4,921 Kids Number of Volunteer Hours (Since July 2001 and Not Including Administration): 27,102 Hours

Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors is experiencing a critical need and has openings for the following volunteer positions- Certified Leader, Outing volunteer, Webmaster, Grant Writing/Fundraising, and Insurance Records/Trip Report Coordinator. These positions are extremely important for the continued success of our organization. Training and support will be provided. Please email baltimoreico@gmail.com to help out or with any questions.

Read on for how to be a certified Leader or Volunteer- BALTIMORE INSPIRING CONNECTIONS OUTDOORS VOLUNTEER/LEADER CERTIFICATION CHECKLIST Sign and submit the following documents to the BICO Volunteer Coordinator: BICO Volunteer Application (Please include email addresses for references.) Sierra Club Outing Committee ICO Volunteer Agreement BICO Code of Ethics You will be notified when you pass the background check.

To become a Certified Leader: 1. You must be a member of the Sierra Club. 2. Take first aid training and receive certification equivalent to or higher than American Red Cross Basic First Aid. Submit copy of certificate. (Renew every 2 years) 3. Complete ICO Outings Leader Training Basic ICO OLT 101 (Renew every 4 years) 4. Complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention training and self-assessment. (Renew annually) 5. Assist with two BICO outings. 6. Lead a BICO outing and receive a positive evaluation.

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BALTIMORE INSPIRING CONNECTIONS OUTDOORS VOLUNTEER/LEADER CERTIFICATION CHECKLIST Sign and submit the following documents to the BICO Volunteer Coordinator: BICO Volunteer Application (Please include email addresses for references.) Sierra Club Outing Committee ICO Volunteer Agreement BICO Code of Ethics You will be notified when you pass the background check, and then you are officially a BICO Volunteer.

To become a Certified Leader: 1. You must be a member of the Sierra Club. 2. Take first aid training and receive certification equivalent to or higher than American Red Cross Basic First Aid. Submit copy of certificate. (Renew every 2 years) 3. Complete ICO Outings Leader Training Basic ICO OLT 101 (Renew every 4 years) 4. Complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention training and self-assessment. (Renew annually) 5. Assist with two BICO outings. 6. Lead a BICO outing and receive a positive evaluation.

Once these steps are completed, you are officially BICO Certified Leader! Having enough Certified Leaders on each outing- we require 2- is essential to continuing to offer outings for youth who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

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