JMU Selected to Compete in Outdoor Campus Challenge
Outdoor Nation Selects JMU to Compete in Campus Challenge
Students at ten colleges and universities across the US are gearing up for the outdoor challenge of their lives; coming up with innovative strategies to help them win the title of ‘most outdoorsy campus’ in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. The Challenge, fueled by The North Face, was developed to combat some of today’s bleak statistics around young people and outdoor participation. Current research tells us young people spend 50 percent less time outdoors in natural settings than the generation that preceded them.
Outdoor Nation and The North Face selected ten schools who will go head-to-head in the fall, competing to see who can get the most people in their student bodies and surrounding communities outside and active. Think Mother Nature meets March Madness. During the eight-week Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, participating individuals at each school will self-report on their outdoor activities through an interactive online platform powered by ContestCore. The school that logs the most activities outside at the end of the competition will win a valuable prize package, scholarship for an outdoor program assistant, a custom gear library, an outdoor festival for all students, and valuable bragging rights. An individual achievement award, 'Outsider of the Year', will also be given to the student that inspires the most people to get outdoors.
JMU is in a unique position to win the Campus Challenge with its close proximity and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and a highly engaged student body. UREC plans to initiate a series of far-reaching, large-scale events and challenges over the course of eight weeks this Fall, including:
- Expedition Denali Event (9/25): NOLS sponsored the historic first all African American attempt on Denali in the summer of 2013, and trip members have visited JMU twice in the past. Another visit from a trip member will be scheduled for an educational presentation and adventure trip. Open to students, faculty, and staff.
- Shenandoah River Festival (9/28): Spend an afternoon on the river at the Town of Shenandoah River Park. Lunch and music will be provided. Open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
- Massanutten Hike (10/4): Free transportation to Massanutten Mountain to revive a former JMU tradition from the early 1900s. Open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.
- A Day in the Park (10/18): Try a hike of the difficulty level of your choice in the Shenandoah National Park. Open to students, faculty, and staff.
- Open Climb Days (10/24 & 10/25): UREC's TEAM Challenge Course will be open for participants and the program will highlight the adaptive elements of the course. Open to students, faculty, and staff.
- Free Trip Weekend (10/25): UREC will offer free rock climbing and canoeing trips as well as free gear rentals from our Equipment Center. Open to students, faculty, and staff.
Register for these programs here! There will also be a "Peak Bagger’s Challenge," where students can compete to hike the most surrounding mountains to win a prize.
Other schools selected to compete in the 2014 Campus Challenge include: Appalachian State University, California State University, Long Beach, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, George Mason University, Michigan Technological University, Spelman University, University of Central Florida, University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About the Outdoor Foundation & Outdoor Nation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action oriented outreach, and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.
The Outdoor Foundation