Meeting Minutes 3/1/16

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the meeting on Tuesday! After a short meeting, we hung around and watched And Then We Swam, a short hand-made documentary about the first unsupported row boat to paddle across the Indian Ocean. What a crazy tale of stubborn idealism, persistence, and good humor in the face of awful circumstances.


Pool Session #2 – Our most recent pool session went swimmingly! In addition to practicing rolls and other cool tricks, some gates were set up to practice maneuvering a boat through a slalom-style course. If you missed out on the fun, future sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. Email to sign up.

Winter Backpacking 101 – Aaron Fleishmann lead a crew of beginner and experienced backpackers on a fun overnight in Rothrock. They visited local favorite spots such as Little Flat Fire Tower, and weren’t phased by the difficulties encountered starting a campfire.

Quehanna Trail – Another crew of backpackers went to the woods near Clearfield and spent a weekend hiking through Moshannon and Elk State Forest. They didn’t have a map (bad idea, especially since they’re a free one here) and may have struggled to follow the trail, but they enjoyed learning a half dozen different ways to cook ramen, spotting the signs of elk in the area, and some satanic rituals around the satanic campfire.


Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is totally stoked to leave the continental 48 and spend a long week in the Caribbean! There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at or Alex Vesey at  Also, try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions, and join the PSOC Canoe Division facebook page to learn about other opportunities to practice.

Tube ‘n’ Chill – 4/2 – Nick Bermudez is looking to do some leisurely floating down the Bald Eagle Creek. Email him at if interested, and let him know if you have a tube, an air mattress, an inflatable orca, or any other creek worthy craft.


Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/8-9, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries.

Climbing @ the YMCA – Every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-9pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 – Come on down to the local YMCA and practicing your climbing or learn how to belay. Costs $5, or $3 for PSOC members. If you need a ride, or want to offer a ride to some landlocked underclassmen, Check out the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.


Check out our website, and join the facebook page for the outing club, our canoe division, the climbing division, and the THON Group.

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Membership – 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.

Safety Officers – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid, then turn in the Safety Officer Form. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

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