Wilkes University


Wilkes University to Compete in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Wilkes University joins 87 other universities and colleges from across the country to compete in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation. For six weeks, students, faculty and the surrounding Wyoming Valley community can participate in the event, with the goal of helping the University be named National Outdoor Champion. The challenge began Sept. 4 and runs through Oct. 15.

 The challenge uses prize incentives and competition to fight the growing inactivity crisis in America by helping connect adults and youth to the outdoors. The school that has the most individuals logging hours doing activities outside will win the title of “National Outdoor Champion.”  In 2015, Wilkes earned fourth place nationally in the competition.  Individuals compete to see who can spend the most time outside being active. The student who achieves this goal wins the “Outsider of the Year” title.

 Anyone can join Wilkes in helping it to win the Outdoor Champion title. The challenge emphasizes that any outdoor activity – from walking your dog to mountain biking to attending an athletic event outdoors – qualifies as an activity that can earn points to help Wilkes win the challenge. To log activities and help Wilkes to win, an individual must register with Outdoor Nation’s web site, choose Wilkes University as their school, and upload a photo of themselves doing an outdoor activity. This can be as simple as shooting feet in sneakers standing on grass.

 This year, participants can download the Outdoor Nation app, making it easier to log activities. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store or from Outdoor Nation’s website at http://www.oncampuschallenge.org/

 Jill Price, Wilkes adventure education coordinator, is teaching a yoga class on the campus greenway every Wednesday at noon during the challenge and invites people in downtown Wilkes-Barre to participate. Price says she was impressed by last years’ participation and happy to see “both students and faculty emerge to participate in outdoor activities.”

 The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States.