Penn State Outing Club

Special Announcement

As we discussed in our general meeting last night, The Penn State Outing Club will no longer be organizing and running outdoor student-led trips starting next semester. This is a result of an assessment of risk management by the University that determined that the types of activities in which PSOC engages are above the University’s threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations.

Nevertheless, the community that has grown around the Outing Club is not going anywhere. The officers of the club have been working diligently with our club advisor and Penn State staff to find the appropriate structure within the University to continue to foster this ever-growing outdoor community. We are pursuing multiple avenues for continuing this great community and are making progress each day. We will continue to update you through our ListServ, official Facebook page, and at general meetings as we move forward.

This club has affected so many individuals in such positive ways throughout the years. We want to hear your stories! We also know that many of you have questions, comments, and concerns on this news. Help us out by completing the following form; we look forward to hearing from you!

As for this semester, we will continue to be running our planned trips and activities. Please join us in continuing these discussions at our remaining meetings this semester on 4/17/18 and 4/24/18 at 8:00 PM in 350 Health and Human Development (HHD) Building!

The PSOC Officer Board

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Who are we?

The Penn State Outing Club, PSOC for short, is an entirely student-run organization that is dedicated to experiencing the outdoors in every possible capacity.  PSOC was founded in 1920, making it one of the oldest clubs at Penn State.  Still running strong today, PSOC club members organize backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and trail maintenance trips from the Catskills to California.  PSOC is dedicated to helping the community through extension programs at Shaver’s Creek and the surrounding trail maintenance groups.

Spring 2018 Meetings:
Our meetings are Tuesdays at 8pm in 350 HHD. See the schedule for the rest of our meetings here.

Get Social
Follow us on Instagram: @PSUoutingclub
Join our Facebook Group: The Penn State Outing Club
Add to our Spotify playlist: PSOC ’17 – ’18


Laurel Highlands (Jan 27)
Winter Rothrock Backpacking (Feb 3 – 4)
Chuck Keiper Trail (Feb 10 – 12)
TBD Day Hike (Feb 17)
Quehanna (Mar 17 -19)
Shenandoah National Park (Mar 24 -26)
Pine Creek Canoe/Camp (Apr 14 – 16)
Black Forest Trail (Apr 21 – 23)