The Division of Student Affairs

Outdoor Pursuits Develop New Programs

Outdoor Pursuits and Campus Rec teamed up to introduce two new programs for Bobcat Student Orientation that are now available to everyone in the Bobcat family and the community at large.

Both of these courses, along with several more available through Outdoor Pursuits’ Challenge Program, are designed to educate participants, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills.

One of the new events, A Piece of Ping, ended the first day of orientation for students by bringing them together in small groups to complete a puzzle and participate in other team-building activities. The itinerary of the course adapted over the three-week orientation, and a scavenger hunt element initially was incorporated into it to encourage exploration of the Ping Center so campus newcomers could get a sense of how to find their way around the facility.

The second new course was even more focused on teaching participants how to navigate their new environment. The Bobcat Adventure Dash was offered as an optional activity on the second afternoon of BSO. Using a list of cryptic clues and GPS units equipped with Google Earth and Garmin BaseCamp, teams and facilitators traveled to different locations around campus and uptown, facing challenges and learning where to find campus landmarks and sites of essential student services, as well as a variety of local merchants.

This course can be adapted for groups of all kinds and can include a trek to the ropes course at The Ridges as part of a larger team-development experience.

In addition to these new activities, the Challenge Program features several other courses in a wide range of challenge levels and time commitments. From high-energy, one-hour Icebreaker activities to half-day High or Low Challenge Courses that can take participants up to 40 feet in the air, the program provides both mental and physical challenges as well as opportunities to build group cohesion.

If you want to learn more about planning an outing for your group or department, contact Outdoor Pursuits Director Dan Vorisek at 740-597-1485.