Wilkes University


Wilkes University Competes in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge Sept. 18-Oct. 15

Wilkes University joins 92 other universities and colleges from across the country to compete in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation. For four 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 begins Sept. 18 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.” Wilkes University placed fourth nationally in the challenge in2015 and 2016, and this year, Wilkes wants to be at the top of the mountain at the end of the four-weeks of the contest.

Individuals also 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.

Wilkes adventure education coordinator Jill Price guest blogs about enjoying the outdoors and participating in the challenge on the REI web site. To read her blog about the benefits of enjoying the outdoors and how students at Wilkes do that, please click here.

Wilkes Adventure Education program will host activities throughout the challenge to help participants log outdoor activities. They will kick off the challenge on Sept. 18 with a hike at the Seven Tubs Nature Area, 900 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, at 4:30 p.m. There will also be yoga on the Fenner Quadrangle also known as the Greenway in the center of campus on Sept. 19 from noon to 12:45 p.m.

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. Each activity must take place for a minimum of 30 minutes and traditional team sports are not eligible for the contest.

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.

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/

For updates on activities follow Wilkes Adventure Education-WAE on Facebook or @wilkesadventureeducation on Instagram.

If you have any questions, or want to get involved in the infrastructure of the challenge, please contact the Outdoor Nation Student Coordinator, Emma Sukowaski, emma.sukowaski@wilkes.edu or Adventure Ed Coordinator, Jill Price, jill.price@wilkes.edu, 570-408-4036.

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.

 About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.