Meeting Minutes 9/22/15

Hello All, last night the Outing Club convened, and heard this presentation from the officer board about how you can lead a trip. A lot of the information is also available in this google doc. We’re also working on this google map full of rad places to check out in the surrounding area, in walking distance, biking distance, and further. If you’d like to plan a trip, email us at to get started Next week we will meet same as always, on Tuesday at 8! pm in 108 Henderson.


          Spring Creek – PSOC had its second official whitewater kayaking practice session just before the meeting. A small crew practiced rolling, ferrying, surfing, and other basics of kayaking in some chilly waters.
          Stadium Cleanup – 41 dedicated PSOCers had an early and long morning, and cleaned one quarter of Beaver Stadium on Sunday after the Rutgers game. Thanks to their hard work, the club will be able to fund some rad trips this year!
          Gauley Fest – Some PSOC members went to the largest whitewater festival (in the world?) this past weekend in West Virginia. Some idiot tried to backflip over a bonfire, but everyone else had a ! great time.
         PSOC Potluck – 9/23 – Come one, come all to the annual PSOC cookout, Next Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Sunset Park (an easy walk from campus). We’ll be grillin’ and chillin’, and learning some backcountry skills too!
          Canning for THON – 9/25-27 – If you’re going out to raise money for the world’s largest student-run philanthropy this weekend, you already know who you are. But it’s never too late to get involved, join the PSOC THON facebook group for more info.
          Rothrockin’ – 9/26 -! This 9 am to 4 pm day hike will take you on an 8 mile loop through some of central PA’s most pristine wilderness. Email to signup, seats remain!
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
          Mt. Marcy – 10/2-4 – Rick Devery is leading a return expedition to the summit of New York’s highest peak, way up in the Adirondacks. It’s a hard hike, but incredibly gorgeous and rewarding! Email to sign up, especially if you can drive. 
  &nbs! p;       Cherry Springs – date T! BD – I will be leading an overnight camping trip to find the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, and doing a cool day hike that Saturday. This will take place on a friday to saturday in october. Email to sign up.
          Spring Creek Kayaking Practice – email for more information about the weekly kayaking practice sessions the Outing Club runs, totally beginner-friendly! 
          Climbing at the YMCA – All PSOC members can climb at the State College YMCA for only $3, every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-10 pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 pm. Email outing club’s resident climbing enthusiast Sam DeVries if you need a ride down at
          The West Rim Trail – 11/7-9 – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop, at some point th! is fall. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email for more info.
Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!
          Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!
          Check out our facebook group!


If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to ! provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly att! ractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
          – Complete Safety Officer Form


          – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
          – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
          – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License