The pandemic has affected all of us in every aspect. Much so with the adventurers who love outdoor activities! The Dalhousie University Outdoors Society aims to encourage students to get out and do more activities but they were unable to host any events for the past two years.
The lack of activities has led the team with extra funds and planning to use it for the expansion and updating of their gear library.
According to the gear library coordinator, Geneva Bahen, their situation was really challenging because a lot of the older members of the executive had graduated and were not allowed to run events due to Covid-19. “We tried to brainstorm some things we could do online, but we definitely experienced a lack of engagement. There were not a lot of ideas that we could come up with for how to entertain people online.” Geneva added.
Sam Cutcliffe, director of community outreach and editor-in-chief of the The Dalhousie Mackerel, shared that the society ended up getting a huge surplus of money that hasn’t been spent for two and a half years. This is a very unique time, probably the only time that this society existed that we would have a huge amount of money to not only update the gear library but expand it past the introductory camping stuff, to more intermediate to expert things.” Sam said.
If you enjoy camping and hiking but you don’t have enough equipment, the library’s equipment can be accessed for rentals by Dal students.
The society decided to invest in providing students with the resources to go outside even when they cannot take them themselves. This is in direct support to their priority, to get people outside!
With the easing of restrictions, the society is now again organizing trips so we just need to wait a little longer!
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