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What Community Impact Means to Us at Pure Trek Canyoning

Welcome to Pure Trek, where each adventure actively connects with and contributes to the community. Founded by Cynthia Crummer, inspired by Costa Rica’s vibrant spirit and natural beauty, Pure Trek is more than an adventure tour company; it’s a platform for collective action. Here, we focus on community-driven initiatives that unite people around a common cause, eliminating competition.

Meet Cynthia Crummer: The Soul Behind Pure Trek Canyoning

At Pure Trek, our mission extends beyond the thrill of canyoning. We harness this excitement to support significant community projects. Historically, our efforts have included empowering local cleanups and, more recently, our ambitious goal to build an educational community center for local children and youth.

Each project we select aims to unify and uplift the community. Moreover, these initiatives do not seek to highlight our successes but rather to spotlight the community’s strength and resilience. Therefore, let’s explore the heart of our initiatives and discover the impact we’re creating together.

Pure Trek’s Environmental and Community Initiatives

Environmental stewardship guides us at Pure Trek. Over the years, we’ve organized numerous cleanup campaigns along rivers and lakes, engaging our team and local volunteers to preserve our surroundings’ natural beauty. Importantly, these efforts benefit the ecosystem and foster a strong sense of pride and responsibility within the community.

Furthermore, our staff, volunteers, and community members play a crucial role in these transformative efforts. Their active participation helps shift our collective mindset, encouraging us not only to enhance our environment’s visual appeal but also to adopt more sustainable practices in waste management and consumption.

Finally, residing in one of Costa Rica’s top tourist destinations presents unique environmental challenges. Consequently, we are committed to ensuring that future generations can marvel at the majesty of the Arenal Volcano and that our children inherit a pristine and flourishing environment.

Copa Cuaderno: Empowering Youth Amid Challenges

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, initiatives like Copa Cuaderno have temporarily paused. Although Pure Trek is no longer directly involved in its execution, Copa Cuaderno continues to be a cornerstone of our community impact efforts, playing a vital role in our mission. Initially spearheaded by four friends, including members from Pure Trek, Copa Cuaderno was a cherished tradition. It featured a night of indoor soccer where the entry fee was school supplies, especially new notebooks. Generous contributors also made monetary donations, which we used to purchase additional notebooks. After the event, we surveyed all local schools and colleges to determine their needs and distributed the supplies accordingly.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, activities like our river and lake clean-ups were also put on hold. Previously, our team members would reach out to local businesses to organize clean-up efforts post-Holy Week. This period typically saw increased littering around the Arenal Reservoir and its surrounding areas, which we diligently addressed.

Organic garden: From Garden to Table

Everything grown in our organic garden, from crisp lettuce and kale to cilantro, parsley, hot peppers, tomatoes, and bell peppers, makes its way into the meals we serve. These fresh ingredients enhance our dishes not just with flavor but also showcase our commitment to freshness and quality. By controlling this aspect of our food supply, we ensure that every meal is not only delicious but also a testament to our dedication to environmental stewardship.

Unifying Through Culture: Huellas Festival

The Huellas Festival, reflecting on its rich history since its inception in 2007, has continuously supported social projects. Originally founded to finance various initiatives, the festival shifted its focus in 2018 to exclusively fund the creation of a community library by collecting books and other resources. Now, the main purpose of the Huellas Festival is to be a fundraising event for “Future Minds”. Read more below.

For us is more than a celebration; it’s a catalyst for community unity. As our CEO, Cinthia Crummer, puts it:

The Huellas Festival is about bringing the community together, focusing on how we can help and unify rather than celebrating ourselves.” Initially, the festival supported various projects, from construction to recycling initiatives, and now focuses solely on the Future Minds project, which aims to foster a unified, educated community.

Reflecting on its rich history since its inception in 2007, the Huellas Festival has continuously supported social projects. Originally founded to finance various initiatives, the festival shifted its focus in 2018 to exclusively fund the creation of a community library by collecting books and other resources. Now, the main purpose of the Huellas Festival is to be a fundraising event for “Future Minds”. Read more below.

As we prepare for another edition of the Huellas Festival, we are excited to continue our tradition of bringing the community together for a cause greater than ourselves. Inspired by Cinthia Crummer’s vision, the festival acts as a catalyst for unity, collaboration, and positive change, focusing on finding common ground and working together towards a brighter future.

This year, the spotlight is on Future Minds, a project close to our hearts dedicated to supporting education and youth development in our community. By investing in programs and resources that empower young minds, we lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow, ensuring every child has access to quality education and growth opportunities, regardless of their background or circumstances.

The Future Minds Project

At the heart of La Fortuna’s educational progress is the Future Minds initiative, a bold project born from the collective aspirations of the Huellas Festival and the Mentes del Futuro program. This initiative aims to transform the way the next generation thinks, learns, and interacts with the world, going beyond merely opening doors to education.

Nurturing Curiosity and Creativity

Future Minds is committed to cultivating an environment where young minds are nurtured and inspired to explore beyond traditional learning paradigms. The initiative focuses on critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and hands-on learning, preparing children for future challenges and opportunities. This project transcends conventional classroom settings by integrating cutting-edge technology and interactive learning modules, ensuring education is not only accessible but also engaging and relevant to today’s rapidly evolving world.

Building a Foundation for Lifelong Learning

A key goal of Future Minds is to establish a solid foundation for lifelong learning. By providing access to a wealth of resources—books, digital media, and interactive workshops—Future Minds equips children with the tools they need to become continuous learners. This is crucial in a world where knowledge expands exponentially, and the ability to adapt is paramount.

Community Engagement and Support

Community involvement is a cornerstone of the Future Minds initiative. Parents, teachers, and local businesses are integral to its success. Through workshops and community events, Future Minds promotes a collaborative approach to education, where the entire community has a stake in the development of its young members.

The initiative also seeks to empower parents by providing them with the resources and knowledge to support their children’s educational journeys at home. By fostering an educational culture that extends beyond the classroom, Future Minds aims to create a ripple effect that benefits the entire community.

A Vision for the Future

Looking forward, Future Minds aspires to expand its reach, not only within La Fortuna but also to surrounding areas. The ultimate goal is to transform this initiative into a regional beacon of educational excellence and innovation. By continuously adapting and expanding, Future Minds is set to shape a new generation of leaders who are ready to face the future with confidence and curiosity.

How You Can Help

Doing a tour with us since a small amout goes to finance this initiatives of comunity impact.

Donating to the Mentes del Futuro project are ways to contribute.

Each contribution helps provide the necessary resources to expand and enhance the educational services offered, ensuring that every child in La Fortuna has the opportunity to thrive.

The Pure Trek Promise

At Pure Trek Canyoning, our community impact extends beyond the superficial. We strive to be leaders in unifying the community, setting a global example that starts in our own backyard. Our efforts inspire others to take action and make a difference wherever they are in the world.

In conclusion, Pure Trek Canyoning is more than an adventure company; we are a community pillar, dedicated to making a positive impact. Our actions speak louder than words, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Together, we can ensure that the beauty and spirit of Costa Rica are preserved and enhanced for generations to come.