Our History

Annette Arguello founded Higher Ground Youth Challenge in 1998, and with several volunteers ran the first boys and girls camps that summer.  These first camps were held at Balarat Outdoor Education Center.  In 1999 we moved our camps to Cal-wood Education Center and have used this same facility ever since.  

In 2003 Ms. Arguello left Higher Ground to pursue other dreams, and a few highly dedicated volunteers took leadership of the program.  In 2004 we were forced to put our girls program on hold due to a lack of resources.  Over the next few years we were able to gain solid ground and in 2008 we hired our Executive Director, Carleen Burch, and revived our girls program that summer.  

In Fall 2008 we elected 10 incredibly dedicated and energetic people to the Board of Directors.  Since then we have been off to a running start with new and exciting developments for our organization, including re-branding Higher Ground and launching our new website in Spring 2009.