Meeting Minutes – 3/29/16

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our meeting last night! Here is what we talked about:


Pool Session #3 – Last Wednesday, some PSOCers enjoyed our penultimate pool session in preparation for the red mo race that went on over the weekend. Read on if interested in attending our final session on April 13.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – A large crew of PSOC paddlers shipped up to Snowshoe this past weekend to enjoy a 7.5 mile downriver race on Saturday and the weekend of festivities that surrounded it. As always, Kurt Smithgall took overall first place with an astonishing time of 45 minutes. Asides from the race, we enjoyed an abundance of canines, delicious slow-cooked meats, armwrestling contests, and campfire singalongs.

Rock Climbing at Boxcar – Jake Cramer led a crew of climbers to his neck of the woods in Lebanon County. While having fun with a variety of long top-roped routes at Boxcar rocks, they dealt with a surly WCO who imposed some severe changes on their camping plans. This did not stop them from having an awesome weekend, nor did it stop them from petting Jakes Iguana ;)

Boys Club at Hunter’s Rocks – A small crew went climbing at this well-known bouldering spot near Huntingdon, and made this riotously funny video trip report to document the manly good times they shared.


Tube n’ Chill – Date TBD – Nick Bermudez is taking a crew for a leisurely float in the sun, but unfortunately the sun won’t be around this weekend. This trip will be postponed until the first Saturday with highs near 70, email if interested

Climbing at Donation Rocks – 4/3 – PSOC’s own treasurer is leading a climbing trip at this nearby spot, email him at if interested.

Pool Session #44/13, 7:30 to 10:30 pm – come on out to the McCoy for the final whitewater kayaking pool session of the year! Email to sign up, costs $5 to attend.

Pine Creek Gorge Paddle&Camp – 4/15-17 – I am pleased to announce PSOC’s first overnight paddling expedition in quite some time. After some friday-night car camping, we’ll float all day saturday, camp riverside that night, and paddle out on sunday. Email me at to get on the rather long waitlist.

Hammersly Hikin’ – 4/15-17 – Chloe Boughton is starting to plan a weekend of hiking or camping in Hammersly Wild Area, in one of Pennsylvania’s most wild and most rural forests. Email her at if interested, especially if you’re willing to help plan.

The Punishment Hike – Ricky Waltz will be leading an unnecessarily difficult weekend of backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. If you’re up for some type 2 fun, send him an email at

Cherry Springs, Again – Aprilish – Nick Bermudez is picking up the Cherry Springs baton, and hopefully this time the weather will cooperate. Email him at if interested, the date will remain flexible as weather forecasts change.


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. PSOC will likely be hosting a table there to get the word out, so email President Moorman at if interested in helping us out with that.

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.

PSOC Officer Elections – 4/12, 8pm – PSOC will be electing new officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Outreach Chair, Fresh Historian, Canoe Division Chair, and a Climbing/Mountaineering Division Chair. If interested in running, be sure to talk to the current officer in the position your considering.

PSOC THON Officer Elections – 4/12, 9pm – PSOC’s THON Group will also be holding officer elections in the “meeting after the meeting” on that same day. Position include THON Chair, Family Relations Chair, Alternative Fundraising Chair, and two Merchandise/Canning Chairs. Once again, talk to the officers if you’re interested in running.



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

All the following forms are available here, please bring complete forms into a meeting or arrange a rendezvous with an PSOC officer by replying to this email.

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.

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