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Get Involved

There are several ways you can be a part of the life changing work of Chicago Adventure Therapy. Volunteer at one of our outdoor programs (see below) and get to know our participants. Join our board or one of our committees. Attend one of our exciting upcoming fundraising events. Give your used adventure equipment a new home by donating it to us. Support our work directly through a generous contribution. Spend a summer interning with us (see below). Take a paddling class from one of our coaches or coaches-in-training. None of that float your boat? Email us and let us know your idea for partnering with us.

Algarve cave beach

Paddle in Portugal for CAT


Have the experience of a lifetime, and create opportunities for the experience of a lifetime for Chicago youth. Douro Kayak Expeditions and Algarve Kayaking are generously directing a portion of the proceeds for the trips they run in Portugal to CAT. Click here for information about the trips, how to book, and other questions you might have.


Summer Internships

Applications are closed for 2018. Please check back with us for Summer 2019! Are you looking for a rewarding internship working with urban youth through adventure therapy? Want to receive academic credit and clinical supervision? Check out our Summer Program Intern 2018 opportunity and our Community Engagement Internship 2018 opportunity. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Andrea Knepper at

Volunteer with CAT

Email us at if you’d like to volunteer.

Volunteers taking a short rock climbing break

Other?  Would you like to help out in another way?

CAT is still a young organization and growing in leaps and bounds! If you have a skill or a talent that you’d like to share and we haven’t asked for it in the above listings, it doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear about it. We can probably use your skill or talent! Contact us to talk more.
To help out with any of these, shoot us an email at