A Campus Challenge

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The snow has melted, the birds are chirping and the NYIT’s Old Westbury campus is getting ready to dive head first into spring. Spring is something that everyone looks forward to; so can you imagine if there was a way to make it even better?

For the month of April, The Outdoor Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts through research, outreach, and educational programs is launching the first-ever Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. In partnership with the North Face, Outdoor Nation, which is the signature program of Outdoor Foundation, will be challenging universities and colleges from all across the country to come up with ideas to get more young people outside and active in the outdoors.

Why give college students this challenge? Executive Director of The Outdoor Foundation, Chris Fanning believes that college students are exactly the right people for the job. According to Mr. Fanning, “College students are among the most creative, innovative and influential group of people in our country today.”

Mr. Fanning also adds, “Over the past several years, these young leaders have emerged as the drivers behind Outdoor Nation and the Campus Challenge builds on our investment in these change makers and thought leaders. If we are truly going to inspire a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts – the ideas and energy must come from them.”

Fanning isn’t the only one who thinks that college students are the perfect group of individuals to encourage the outdoor activities of tomorrow.

According to Ann Krcik, Director of Outdoor Exploration at the North Face, “We are extremely proud to be a founding partner of this groundbreaking initiative, bringing young leaders together to share their passion for the outdoors and ultimately find better ways to connect people and nature,” said Ann Krcik, Director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face.

As stated on The Outdoor Challenge website, The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is specifically looking for colleges and universities that have the best ideas to engage their entire campus network in the joys of outdoor activities including students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community as well.

Ann Krcik adds, “There is no better way to address the issue of getting more people outside than to learn from the brightest minds of the next generation for a fresh perspective and new solutions.”

Helping get more people involved in outdoor activities just for the fun of it is great, but winning $50,000 is even better. With that said, Outdoor Nation will be awarding a whopping $50,000 to the TOP TEN schools with the best ideas to engage more people in outdoor recreation. After the top ten universities and colleges with the best ideas are chosen, those ten will compete in a head-to-head competition this coming Fall 2014 to see who is the most outdoorsy of them all. The winner of this contest will be named the National Outdoor Campus Champion gaining bragging rights, awesome outdoor gear and a school wide celebration for the books.

During the duration of the competition, one student will also be chosen as Outsider of the Year and walk away with a year’s worth of outdoor gear, an internship with the Outdoor Foundation, and also an outdoor trip of a lifetime. The deadline for this amazing opportunity is May 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 am EST.

If you think that NYIT would be a great school to get involved in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, here are the requirements.

  1. Ideas must engage as many people in outdoor activities as possible. Outdoor activities are considered any nature-based activity. Examples include: hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, camping, skiing, wildlife watching, climbing, running. Team sports such as football, baseball and soccer are not eligible.
  2. Each school must have a lead student coordinator to help with campus outreach and logistics.
  3. Must get campus buy-in by supplying a letter of support from your college/university outdoor program or academic department (letter is provided in application).
  4. Equal weighting will be given to activation/programming and campus outreach plans.
  5. A minimum of 3,500 individuals must be engaged in outdoor activity over the course of the challenge. Once this goal has been reached, a percentage system will be used to select a winner, ensuring equality among competing schools.
  6. Successful proposals will include multiple large-scale outdoor programs and outreach activities that allow for students to self organize.
  7. Ideas must have a robust marketing/outreach plan. Photos and video will be part of verification process.
  8. Proposals that submit a video explaining why their campus wants to be part of the Campus Challenge will receive special consideration (video 10MB max).

Since this is a challenge, of course it won’t come easy, especially with $50,000 on the line. However, if you still think that NYIT would be an awesome school to take part in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, speak to your school representatives today. If it turns out that NYIT isn’t the best choice for this challenge, just remember that being outdoorsy and taking advantage of the beautiful campus we have at NYIT is something in itself to be happy about. Now that spring is here, don’t be a stranger to the outdoors!

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