Campus News

Club profile: Outdoor Club

By: Max Bruns ~Staff Writer~

Xavier’s Outdoor Club provides students with the opportunity to participate in a variety
of outdoor sports and activities, learn new skills and meet other outdoor enthusiasts.

“I’m really thrilled to be a part of Outdoor Club because it has allowed me to connect with other students with similar interests and further my skills and knowledge about the great outdoors,” President of Outdoor Club and Newswire Head Copy Editor Camie Tuel said.

Outdoor Club offers students the chance to get involved with activities such as hiking and backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing and white water rafting in sites around the area.

The club is proactive about giving students the chance to explore new things outdoors.

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Outdoor Club at New River Gorge in West Virginia on its rafting trip last spring

“We have two or three trips going out every month, ranging from white water rafting to camping in the Smokies, a rock climbing lock-in and hopefully a ski trip or two coming up as we get into winter,” Tuel said.

The number of trips has grown from past years, and membership is increased as a result. “The increased number of trips has allowed a lot of members to become more involved,” Tuel said. More trips mean more opportunities for members.

The club is not just oriented on entertainment for the students. There is a service component to the Outdoor Club, too. “The club is important to the Xavier community and Greater Cincinnati Area,” Tuel said. “We have various service trips planned to help with local fundraisers and to repair trails at local parks. We practice Leave No Trace, which promotes conservation in the outdoors, and we are open to partnering with organizations to educate, learn and, most importantly, have fun.”

The Outdoor Club serves its purpose not only to provide new and exciting trips for students but also to allow students to serve while having fun in the process. To get involved email Tuel at tuelc@xavier.edu or visit the XU Outdoor Club Facebook page.