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How to Run an Outdoors Club: A Complete Resource Guide for Student Leaders

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In April of 2018, the Penn State Outing Club was banned from going outside by university administration. In response to the shutdown of one club, College Outside’s goal is to support the growth and development of collegiate organizations nationwide so that every student has the opportunity to go outside. College Outside understands the main issues faced by student leaders, as …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: The Basics

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here.  Conducting a student-run operation to get people outside can be a logistical nightmare. There are leaders and participants to organize, meetings to plan, budgets to manage, not to mention ensuring trips run safely and smoothly (and, you know, going to class). An …

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Penn State Outing Club Shut Down, but the Fight is Far from Over

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On April 10th, the Pennsylvania State Outing Club (PSOC) announced that it would cease to organize student-led trips for the student body in an official disbanding imposed by University administration. The decision, enforced by Campus Recreation, the Office of Student Activities, and the Office of Risk Management, came as a shock to PSOC members and leaders. The story has made …

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Outdoor Nation Cancels Campus Challenge

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On April 27th, Outdoor Nation announced in an email to partners and supporters of the organization that it will discontinue the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge beginning in the fall of 2018. The month-long Campus Challenge, which ran every fall from 2014-2017, was popular among outdoor programs across the country. The initiative, described on the Outdoor Nation website as “a Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness …

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Ranked: The Swankiest (and Jankiest) College Climbing Gyms

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The climbing gym trend has exploded in recent years, and college campuses aren’t exempt. Many schools have climbing walls right on campus, allowing students to take study breaks on the wall and get vertical between classes. We interviewed student climbers and scoured the internet to judge these facilities based on square footage, newness, special events, and overall character.  Get ready …

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An Earth Day celebration of the outdoors: finding direction in climbing

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The following short piece was written originally as a reflection on the theme “direction.” As a college student, I’ve often experienced the stresses of feeling directionless. Through every tumultuous semester, the outdoors have been an unwavering source of comfort and clarity that I can count on. So this Earth Day, I celebrate time spent in nature doing what I love …