May 21, 2024

Spending time outside is an activity that everyone is able to enjoy, whether it’s going for a hike, casting out a line hoping to catch a fish or going on a ski trip with friends. If you’re looking for a way to get your mind out of the classroom and participate in a variety of outdoor activities, Wittenberg’s Outdoor Club is the place for you.

Countless men, women and children enjoy winding down from their busy work weeks by hiking and fishing, or by surrounding themselves in nature and the outdoors. However, in a city like Springfield, it can be hard to do these activities alone. By joining the outdoor club, you can find a group of friends who meet biweekly to plan and go on outdoor adventures together.

The club was founded by several Wittenberg students in hopes of uniting faculty and students through their shared interest and passion for the outdoors. Members believe that far more can be accomplished with the combining of their time, resources and enthusiasm.

The club comes together and participates in many activities like kayaking, camping, rock climbing and horseback riding, just to name a few. Along with these numerous activities, the club will provide instructions, safely counseling and guest lectures to all of its members. Many of the clubs activities incur risk, so it is important that all participants be thoroughly instructed by professionals and experienced leaders to insure everyone’s safety.

At the beginning of the semester, there is a meeting where the group brainstorms ideas for trips and gauges everyone’s interest in the proposed activities. After the first official meeting, the club typically only meets before its big trips or whenever needed. The club is planning to meet Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. to talk about this year’s annual ski trip.

“The ski trip is an awesome experience for everyone involved, and planning it is one of my favorite parts,” Brett Siemon, ‘18 and club treasurer, said. “If anyone is interested, then don’t hesitate to reach out to us.”

This years annual skip trip is planned for the weekend of Feb. 24 – 26, where the club will be traveling to Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe, WV. Not everyone is able to go on this trip with only first come first serve, because of the limited number of spots available. However, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the semester for anyone interested in getting involved with Wittenberg’s Outdoor Club.

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