Tulsa Teens 'Unplugged' [Weekend Challenge]

Our goal is to raise the funds to take 20 Tulsa-area students on a weekend leadership and team-building challenge.

During the weekend, the kids unplug completely from electronics ---and discover the secrets of leading and working together in the great outdoors.


"Nothing is more powerful than taking kids out in the wilderness --- with no access to phones or electronics --- and putting them in an environment where they have to rely on each other.

I've seen nothing but positive come from this program."

Dr. Paul Welch - LongWalk Supporter


Quick Backstory

LongWalk Oklahoma is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2009.

Since then we’ve led over 627 Tulsa-area high school students on weekend hiking and camping trips.

Here are some of the schools, teams and youth groups that have participated:

The results? In a word:


"It is a big perspective change. You will never experience anything else in your life like it."

~ Candice C. - Student

Then in the spring of 2020, we were forced to suspend operations due to COVID.

But now… we’re back!

And we need YOUR help.

What We Do

In short, we lead small groups of high school students on 3-day backpacking trips in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

During this time, they learn how to lead their peers, work together as a team, solve problems, overcome adversity, hold each other accountable, and…


Meanwhile, LongWalk's guides are there to support, facilitate and make sure everyone stays safe.

We Make It EASY

We provide everything kids need for an unforgettable experience --- gear, food, transportation and supplies --- so all they have to do is show up.

However, organizing and running these trips isn’t cheap.

In fact, each trip costs us about $3,000.

So this GoFundMe campaign aims to raise funds to take a group of 20 Tulsa-area students on a life-changing LongWalk weekend backpacking adventure.

The truth is:

  • Most students have never been hiking...
  • Never been camping...
  • Never had the opportunity to sit around a campfire and tell stories with their friends.

So we make it as simple as possible for them to participate by providing all the gear they need:

Tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, food, stoves, cooking utensils, pots/pans, propane, first-aid kits, water bottles, food, ponchos, stocking cap, gloves, eating utensils, flashlights, sunscreen, insect repellent...

Along with trained, experienced guides.

Why LongWalk... Why Now?

We all know how social media, electronics and social isolation have affected our teens' mental health.

Yet after just one short weekend trip, we've seen kids...

  • Discover hidden strengths
  • Get along better with their peers
  • Form new friendships
  • Improve their grades
  • Get jobs
  • Spend more time outside
  • Focus more on their self-care

So that's why there's NEVER been a BETTER TIME for this program.

Why Consider Supporting LongWalk?

Here's what Dr. Paul Welch, a graduate of Memorial High School and Oklahoma State University, has to say:

"A lot of kids in our community don't have the opportunity to just get out there and personally grow.

Nothing is more powerful than taking kids out in the wilderness... with no access to phones or electronics... and putting them in an environment where they have to rely on each other.

I've seen nothing but positive come from this program."

"Donating to LongWalk has a Compound Effect"

"If you sponsor a trip, that coach can take the lessons he's learned and spread them among 80... 100... 120 students.

In the same way, the students will spread their leadership skills among their friends, families and neighbors.

Every dollar is stretched to the absolute max to impact and help a teenager or a kid in your community."

~ Jonah Sloup, LongWalk Board Member


At LongWalk, our no. 1 challenge is funding.

So please help us transform the lives of more Tulsa-area teenagers.

Note: LongWalk Oklahoma is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.


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Organizer and beneficiary

LongWalk Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
Bradley Hammons

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