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Be an Outdoor School Counselor!

IMG_9008-400x266Penn State students can earn 2 credits by participating in Outdoor School (ODS) as cabin counselors. Returning counselors may advance to become Learning Group Leaders and can earn additional credits. Penn State students may also earn volunteer hours to satisfy community service requirements.

To participate in Outdoor School, Penn State students must first submit an application*. (See the sidebar for application dates and links.) Students who are accepted will be registered for SciEd 140 orRPTM 140, Outdoor School Field Experience for academic credit concurrent with ODS. Counselors attend two required training sessions prior to the start of Outdoor School. Course information and registration materials will be available at these trainings.

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Meeting Minutes Jan 22, 2014

Hey All! 

Here’s a recap of what happened last night in Outing Club!
Upcoming Trips
Benji and Dimitri Backpacking (Friday 24th-Sunday 26th)
-15 to 20 miles in Bald Eagle State Park 
-There is still some space and the trip can really use drivers
-It will be rad, cold, mountainous, snowy…and there will be cheese. 
Kayak Sesh (Feb. and March)
-Training sessions at the nat that teach you basic skills like how to roll and navigate with a possible trip at the end. 
-They are fo free but sign up fast cause they fill up quick
-There will be more information to come at future
Sam D’s Climbing
-Sam DeVries loves to climb and is willing to offer rides to the Y 
-Shoes and harnesses are free and its $3 to get in with your membership card
-climbing is Th 8-10pm, F 7-10 pm, and Sunday afternoon 
Cambin Camping Reward (Feb 1-2) 
-If you went to stadium cleanup you should have gotten an email from Aaron. Make sure to RSVP by the date in the email. 
-If you didn’t get an email and did go on Stadium cleanup email Aaron. 
Meetings Happenings 
Meet your Officers
-Below is a list of your trusty PSOC officers. Feel free to contact them with any questions or anything your need regarding the Outdoors. 
President -Travis Johnson-
Vice President -Dillon O’Donnell- dwo5068
Secretary -Shaina Melnick-
Treasurer -Meg Kirchner-
Community Outreach -Aaron Denis-
Freshman Outreach -Benji Vizzachero- 
Historian -Dimitri Lewiki-
THON chair -Carrie Durrwachter-
Blood Drive -Julian Pecce-
-want a great summer job getting paid to be outside while helping freshman become adaptive to Penn State and making lifelong friendships? 
-If yes there are 3 programs for you
ORION (backpacking program. 3 week commitment) 
URSA (urban service in Philly1 week commitment)
Vega (western backpacking in Washington. Need to be on ORION leader first) 
-Applications are due THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 24th at
-for more information see the attached powerpoint  
New Website
-We got a new Website with some cool new features for you all
-Meeting minutes
-You can tell us about trips you went on and we’ll feature it
-plus history, how to join, and more
How to Join PSOC
-In order to go on trips you need to be a PSOC member
-To do this you need 3 things
-Copy of your insurance card (front and back)
-Membership form (can be found on our website)
-$20 dues (for trip fees, gas, food, ect)
-give these to Shaina and Meg at the meeting and your all set
-Any questions feel free to contact an officer 
Well that’s all from last night! See you all next week! Don’t let the cold keep you from going outside

Welcome to our new website!

With the new year coming, PSOC is getting a fresh look. We are currently developing a new website that will feature up to date information about meetings, trips, and everything else you need to know about our club. Check back with us as we continue to learn the platform and develop the content and structure of our website.

Aaron Dennis
Outreach Chair

Meeting Minutes: December 10, 2013

Hey Guys!

Sorry for the confusion with the room for tonight’s meeting. Thank’s to everyone who still showed up despite the sudden location change! To all who couldn’t make it out here is what you missed tonight…
Upcoming Trips
Last minute Getaway (this friday to saturday)
-are you stressed about finals?
-Do you need one short trip outside to take a break from studying?
-Well Benji and some others are leaving campus friday afternoon walking to camp somewhere close up as one final getaway this semester. They will be back around Saturday afternoon.
-If you are interested email benji (
Spring Break 
-You known who you are if you are going. Keep a look out for an email about the trip.
Today’s Speakers and Talks 
Big Brothers, Big Sisters 
-Phil from big brothers big sisters came to talk about the program and how they need YOU
-they are looking for volunteers that can commit to 9-12 months
-you should be able to commit 1-3 hours per week
-you will be paired with a little who you can bond with, form a great relationship with, and to whom you can act as a positive mentor
-If you are interested go to for more information about the organization
 or contact an officer to Phil’s contact information
Josh and the AT
-For those of you who do not know PSOCER Josh Glazer is hiking the appalachian trail next semester!
-unfortunately he was no able to give his presentation but if you want to hike with Josh at all during his trip let him know!
-he will be updating a trail journal online about his wherearbouts to keep up all updated
-Here is a General Timeline in case you want to plan a trip to hike with him
March to April – Georgia to North Carolina
Mid to Late May – PA
June                    -Southern New England
Huly-August – Main
-Goodluck Josh! We will be thinking about you your whole trip! Stay Stoked!
-Tonight was the Logo deadline but if you still have a logo you want to submit email Julian tonight!
-Good luck to all of those who did enter a design
Trip Reports 
Bald Eagle Trip 
-There were feasts a plenty all night and morning
-Everying Chilled (quite literally) around the campfire at night
-and they even got home before the snow hit to hard.
-Overall a great weekend for everyone!
-Polar Bear plunge was this mornin! g!
-It was really really cold but all those who went our felt good and alive
-Will probably happen again
Make Sure to hand in receipts by tomorrow so you can get reimbursed for any trips if you have not done so already 
Also make sure to pick up any checks from club sports that have not already been picked up 
Meetings next semester will be at Tuesdays in 105 osmond at 8 (we will send out a reminder after break)
Have a FANTASTIC winter break and goodluck on finals! Try to get Outside over break and make sure to stay stoked! 

Meeting Minutes: December 4, 2013

Hey There!
Here’s whats happening this week in Penn State Outin’ Club!
Trips Soon
Spring Break (march 8-15)
-Outing club is going southwest to Joshua tree, Death Valley, (buffets?), and more
-the trip is going to be capped at 12 people. 
-if you want to go email travis by tonight. 
-Keep in mind if you want to go you need to be in it to win it. We are buying tickets soon so you dont want to drop the trip and lose your plane ticket $$/take a spot from someone
-the trip will cost around $450 (airfare) and those involved in the club (stadium clean up, trip leaders, those who have gone on trips) will get first priority
Meg’s Sunrise hike (minus meg) + Stoff X infinity  (this thursday december 5)
Stoff is going to continue megs sunrise hike THIS THURSDAY and maybe every thursday to come. 
-leaving early to see the sunrise over keith springs then will be back in time for 8ams (if you donthave an 8am then you can enjoy some waffles!)
-email stoff if you are interested
Bald Eagle (this weekend)
-still happenign this week
-you should know if you are going 
-you will be getting an email with details soon
-email josh with questions
Thon fam carn (this sunday)
-family carnival is this weekend
-our thon child is our age though so we are just chillen in the hub and eating pizza with her
-email carrie if you want to join us
P-Bear Plunge (next tuesday december 10th)
-Tueday morning some PSOCERS are jumpin in cold war, getting out, feeling alive, and driving home 
-email josh if you are ! interested
-Do YOU want to be the one who designs all the new PSOC gear
-you can brag to your friends and be a part of PSOC history Foreva!
-if you want this fame and glory email Julian with your designs for merch by TUESDAY DECEMBER 10th by MIDNIGHT after the meeting

Trail Crew
-Congrats to those who are the new members of PSOC Trail Crew! 
Christina Spohn  and Briana Yoblanski (Outreach chairs)
Connor Wallace (logistics)
Miranda Holmes (communications)
-if you handed a receipt to meg they are ready for pickup at club sports!
Travis and Aaron Do Alaska
-travis and aaron went to Alaska since no one else! wanted to go for some ready
-they saw a pretty lake and aaron grew a brown pony tail and canoed with one paddle while travis fell in the lake 
-Daniel with the snow laden bear guided them through the wilderness and led them to the Alaskan whitehouse
-note: This is totally real…
Hope you all have a great wear brown shoes day!

Meeting Minutes 11/19

Attention Attention
Tonight’s edition of Outing Club has some very new, very important, and very exciting information. So put on your reading glasses, get comfortable, and get stoked! 
Up n’coming 
Outing Club Trail Crew/committee elections! (These details are also on the Facebook page)
-so for those of you who weren’t at the meeting outing club used to be really involved in trail maintenance and building. There are actually a couple trails named after the club
-this part of the club has since died out but we are bringing it back with the Rebirth of the PSOC trail Crew 
The crew will work on trail maintenance, trail building, machetes, and much much more
-In order for this to work a trail committee will be made with 3 leaders:
-outreach captain (talk to parks, get permits, find out what needs to be done)
-logistics coordinator (Get gear, deal with reimbursements, make sure everything is good to go)
-communications (recruit new members, update the club on whats going on, fill out clubsports paperwork)
-Being a part of the committee is an awesome way to get involved with the club, the local community, work closely with the officers, and to be a a part of the start of a new part of PSOC history
-If you are interested in being on the committee email Aaron ( with your name and the position you would like to run for. 
-elections for these positions will be held on December 3rd
Spring Break Epic Adventure 
-Look for an email from Travis and/or Dillon this week with the details
Bald Eagle (12/7 to 12/8)
-the trip is full but has a short waitlist so there is still a chance to go
-email josh by Wednesday night at 8pm if you want to get on the waitlist
Polar Bear Plunge 
-possibly the morning the week before finals
-the perfect way to wake up and forget about the stress of impending finals
-email josh for details
Paul wants to go backpacking
-Travis’s roommate, Paul, can’t make it to meetings but wants to go backpacking this weekend
-if you want to go backpacking too get a hold of paul and become friends.
-PSOC THON is writing thonvelopes the week after thanksgiving break
-if you know some people who might want to donate to thon, get a letter from you, or who you want to send mail let us know
-There will be a coloring party (several actually) to decorate the letters after thanksgiving break
-email Carrie for details
-and don’t forget PSOC THON meetings are in 113 right after the PSOC meetings ends. Newcomers are always welcome!
Trip Reports 
Grand Ole Stuff
-there was finger licking, burnt pillsbury dough epicness, apple sex, hiking, rouge stream crossings, oil rigs?, and some old growth forests!
-what more could you want in a weekend! of backpacking
-can you back Benji’s school bag with a weekends worth of backpacking gear and homework in a measly 3 minutes?!?
-Probably not (because we aren’t quite sure that Benji can either)
-Dave gave a valient effort though and got some hotsauce and a cupcake in return. Goodwork!
-if you borrowed gear at any point this semester make sure it gets back to its owner!
Merchandise Design  
-PSOC is making new merchandise and wants YOU to design it.
-email Julian with your designs
-make sure to come to the meeting on December 3rd to vote for the trail crew committee
That’s all for know folks! Stay Stoked and have a great thanksgiving break!
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