SierraScape September 2013 - February 2014
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Profile of Inner City Outings-St. Louis Group
by Renee Payton
Inner City Outings Leader
Inner City Outings (ICO) was started by the
in 1976 as an outreach program for people, especially youth, with
little or no access to outdoor experiences. The St. Louis group
was founded in 1992. Tim Pekarek, one of the founding members,
is group chair and still actively involved. During those 22 years,
St. Louis leaders have organized dozens of trips to Missouri's
local and state parks.
Currently, we work with youth served by Karen House, Kingdom
House and Saints Teresa and Bridget Church. Though younger children
have joined us on outings, the typical age range is 8-18. Many
kids have never been camping or even outside the city. Nervousness
about anacondas, bears, and other fearsome creatures is quickly
replaced by enthusiasm and curiosity.
Our small but mighty group of leaders is looking to expand.
If you enjoy inspiring what
referred to as "a sense of wonder" in young people,
then join ICO. Visit our group's website
to learn more.
If you're interested in becoming a volunteer or leader, please
contact me. My email is