In 2013, Outdoor Nation expanded its Campus Clubs to six states in New England. With additional support from Eastern Mountain Sports, the initiative is transforming some of the nation’s most prestigious outdoor clubs into powerful Outdoor Nation hubs, by connecting college outdoor programs with their local communities.
Outdoor Nation is establishing partnerships with select colleges and university outdoor programs including Tuffs University, Harvard University, University of Maine, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Brown University and University of Connecticut. In addition, Outdoor Nation is working with Tufts University and its ChildObesity180 initiative and nonprofits including Maine’s Teens for Trails, Appalachian Mountain Club and YMCA to engage local schools and youth in the effort.
This fall, Outdoor Nation will select and train college student leaders, build relationships with local schools and connect the clubs with local Eastern Mountain Sports retail locations. This winter, Campus Club will organize and lead their first outdoor outings – which will include an outdoor recreation 101 to ensure that the participants understand outdoor basics and are able to enjoy subsequent trips throughout 2013. Overall, each Campus Club will organize and lead more than six outdoor outings and engage 150 young people throughout the New England region.