Outdoor Nation will double its number of youth summits to 10 this summer with the continuing support of The North Face, which has returned for the third year in a row as a presenting sponsor of the movement.

Support from The North Face will enable Outdoor Nation leaders to return to the 2011 Summit sites of Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City and San Francisco to provide intensive training to an elite group of more than 500 young people ready to take their leadership to the next level. Funding will be provided to 10 youth-led projects that will engage thousands of additional youth. The North Face will be the exclusive host and sponsor of a special outdoor adventure for participants at every event.

Those gatherings will be among 10 summits Outdoor Nation will host this summer in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Austin, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and San Francisco – with several taking on a special focus. The Boston Summit will center on the connection between health and the outdoors – in partnership with Tufts University and Massachusetts State Parks. In Salt Lake City, the Summit will be tied to Outdoor Retailer and bring young industry leaders together, and in Washington DC, Outdoor Nation Ambassadors will set a national agenda, receive training and meet with key stakeholders in Congress and the Administration.