Co-founder Matt paddling through calm water on a 2016 LEAP program

Co-founder Matt paddling through calm water on a 2016 LEAP program

Welcome to the LEAP Guide Blog for 2017. As a co-founder of LEAP and having been personally impacted by the healing powers of the outdoors, I am very excited about our 2017 programs.  LEAP has grown from a fledgling organization that started with one partner - The Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The Burn Center is still with us in its sixth year, but LEAP has since grown to ten programs with eight partners in 2017. Two new partners are joining us on programs this summer - Camp Ukandu for children living with cancer and Edison High School, a school for students with learning differences.

Running rivers is what we do and is the essence of our entire curriculum. The guides are the key to making each experience special to our participants. Our LEAP guides are carefully chosen and believe in our mission.  In many cases our guides grow and learn even more than our participants! So I encourage all LEAP guides to contribute your thoughts and reflections to this blog for the 2017 season. May the sun be bright this summer!

-Matt Reimann

LEAP co-founder and board member

Making a splash - LEAP variety show a landmark success!

On Friday March 3, over three hundred people gathered at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower to celebrate LEAP's commitment to changing lives by providing wilderness programs. Desserts were "dashed" for, bid battles took place over excellently crafted packages and silent auction items, and local talent rocked the stage all night long in what was the most successful annual fundraising event in LEAP's history. When the noise calmed and the night concluded, almost $130,000 dollars was raised to directly support LEAP's ability to offer programs for our partners. For those that were there, we cannot THANK YOU enough. Your continual support helped make the annual event what it became. For those of you that were unable to attend, we'll see you next year!