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How to Run an Outdoors Club: Risk Management

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here. We go outside because it’s fun. But any experienced outdoors-person knows that outdoor adventures can turn from delightful to disastrous in the blink of an eye. As a club leader, you are responsible for acknowledging the risks associated with outdoor recreation, …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: Liability

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here. In April of 2018, The Penn State Outing Club was shut down after university officials deemed the club’s activities as “too risky.” Though PSOC’s safety procedures were effective in preventing incidents and injury, they were not enough to win over administrators …

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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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College Outside officially discontinues all men’s gear, says guys can just buy larger female sizes

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April 1, 2018 — Ladies and women, females and girls, get your typewriters and fountain pens ready because today marks a momentous occasion that will go down in history books for all of eternity. College Outside, the world-famous collegiate outdoor gear retailer, has officially disbanded all men’s gear on their website. Why, might you ask? Feminism of course. In an …

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What the Outdoor Industry Could Learn About Equality from College Students

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Ask me who my favorite pro outdoor athletes are, and I’ll list 300 skiers right off the bat. Shane McConkey, of course, the legend. Sammy Carlson, have you seen that boy bounce through powder in his To Be edit? Candide Thovex, enough said. Yes, all my idols are skiers because I’m obsessed and winter is coming (hallelujah!), but there’s something …

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How to Get Outside While Studying Abroad

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A comprehensive guide to the where’s, the when’s, but mostly the how’s of pursuing adventure internationally   Studying abroad can be one of the most powerful experiences in your educational career, regardless of what you intend to study or where. It often provides you with the opportunity to surpass the typical tourist stereotype and to learn in a more meaningful …