Recently, I realized how privileged I am to have been blessed with parents that educated me about the outdoors. To me, hiking, paddling, starting a fire, cooking with coals, reading a map, leave no trace, and tying knots are simple things. I learned all of these skills in elementary school and had always assumed most people did too. Thankfully I was in girl scouts and my brothers were in boy scouts, so family camping trips were stacked with a team of experienced outdoorsmen. In college I got involved with our outdoors program and met people that were far more skilled than I was. In reality there were way more people that did not have these skills. After a trip to Washington to the Association of Outdoor Educators conference I took matters into my own hands and decided to bring these opportunities to my campus. I am giving birth to Bearkats in the Wild. Here is the outline that I have created.
Bearkats in the wild
Vision: To inform the SHSU community about beginner outdoor skills and ethics through interactive classes that enable and inspire outdoor activity.
$5 per class $15 for all 5 classes
Guides will create course content and an itinerary that will be approved by Lara for accuracy. Proposals must be in written form with list of supplies, topics being covered and a list of things that participants should bring/know before coming that we can send through emails. Proposals should be emailed to Lara 2 weeks prior to the event date.
2/4/20 Tuesday 5-8pm @ climbing center
-Want to start climbing but don’t know how? This class is an intro to the world of climbing. You will learn, knot tying, climbing tips, climbing jargon, and learn a climbing routine that fits your lifestyle. No equipment necessary. We will end with a movie night featuring “Free-Solo” about Climber Alex Honnold and his ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
How to Campfire
2/27/20 Thursday 5-7pm @ state park? National forest? BKC?
-Come build community while learning to safely start, and put out fires using different techniques and resources. Individuals will be able to start their own fires and enjoy a crisp night with s’mores and campfire activities.
3/4/20 Wednesday 5-8pm @ gear shed? camp?
-Have you ever heard someone say that food tastes better when you cook it outside? Well, we think it’s true! We will teach you how to create cuisine in dutch ovens, camper stoves, and fires. This course is loaded with valuable information that you can use when you do outdoor cooking yourself, or just join us to have a great meal while enjoying the outdoors. No special skills required.
Trailblazers- How to Hike (Huntsville state park) NATIONAL FORREST
3/28/20 Saturday Noon-4pm
-Want to go hiking or backpacking but don’t know how? Experts will teach you how to be a true trailblazer with skills like reading maps, packing properly, and how to plan your next hiking adventure. We will discuss outdoor ethics like Leave No Trace. Bring a backpack and a water bottle and we will enjoy lunch at a scenic overlook in Huntsville State Park.
Peace Love and Paddling
4/12/20 @ bkc 4-8pm
-Enjoy a relaxing day by the water out at Bearkat camp. Kayak or canoe on the lake, hammock on land, and enjoy a sunset dinner with your new outdoor friends.