Los Angeles Wilderness Training (LAWT) exists as a vital, comprehensive and ongoing source of support to agencies that lead youth wilderness trips. Once exposed to wilderness, urban youth have a broadened sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them. We have a vision to broaden the minds of youth by providing greater access to the outdoors.

The more time youth spend discovering themselves in the wilderness, the higher their test scores, the better their team-work and school performance. These improvements are not limited to academics, it has been shown that they improve in all manners of life skills, including problem-solving and strategy planning¹. There is no doubt that it is imperative for youth to experience the wilderness for their development, and we are here to facilitate that.

Here at LAWT, we completely understand how daunting it can be to go out into the wilderness, especially if you are responsible for a youth group. That’s why we teach you the ins and outs of camping and backpacking the wilderness, allowing you to confidently lead a team of youth on an experience of their life. Not only that, but we have an extensive amount of gear from tents to sleeping bags to clothes, available to you free of charge after you have completed our trainings and proved your safe camping practices². Please see our TRAINING page for more details on these trainings, and sign up! As Shawn Ryan, one of our trainees who takes his class camping every term, says,

“There is no way we could do it without LAWT’s gear library.”


1. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Defecit Disorder by Richard Louv

2. Please see our Gear Library page for more information on requirements to borrow gear