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LVC Outdoors Club Expands: Equipment Rental Shop to Open this Fall
08.26.16 |
Kayaking down the Swatara Creek, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and biking the Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail are incredible outdoor experiences. During the school year, students are often limited to what they can fit in their vehicles for move-in and might not have space to bring the proper equipment to participate in outdoor activities. This fall, the Outdoors Club will introduce a system where LVC students, faculty, and staff can rent outdoors equipment for their own off-campus excursions.

The LVC Outdoors Club was created in 2014 by a group of students with a passion for adventure.

“We had an idea to create a club that would enable students and faculty to get outdoors on the weekend and enjoy the many state parks that are relatively close to campus,” explained Adam Brock ’17, club president. “The rental shop was one of the founding thoughts and is the direction in which we wanted the club to go.”

The club received one of the inaugural President’s Student Innovation Fund grants last year, which provided the resources to purchase the rental equipment. Club members then had to decide what equipment to purchase, meet with lawyers regarding waivers, and find a place to store the equipment. With the help of Marty Parkes, co-advisor for the club and LVC executive director of marketing and communications, the club obtained the garage behind 50 North College to store the equipment.

“I think that opening up this rental shop will help the club grow in members,” said Brock. “It will also allow students to get outdoors for cheap, which is the main goal of this club. If you look at a kayak rental for only two hours at most places it’s going to cost somewhere in the $30 range. With our rental shop you can take one out for the entire weekend for that price.”

Rental shop inventory includes four kayaks (with paddles and life jackets), eight bicycles (with bike locks, lights, helmets, and mounting racks), and camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and water filters. Equipment is available to rent by email to lvcoutdoors@gmail.com, and can be paid for with cash or card.

Along with the rentals, the Outdoors Club will continue to host trips for club members. One of its most popular excursions is a camping trip to Camp Swatara. Now with the new equipment, kayaking and an overnight on the Appalachian Trail are two additional options the club is exploring. Marie Szilard ’18, club vice president, looks forward to all of the upcoming opportunities.

“Not only can members participate by going on the trips, but they can give their input on what to do,” said Szilard. “We generally ask the members what activities they would like to do or places they would like to go and try and plan the trips that way.”

Since its establishment, the Outdoors Club has maintained approximately 40 members and looks forward to new students joining during the upcoming year.

“We hope that this club will allow members to meet up with people who enjoy the same activities as they do,” said Szilard. “In doing so, they would be able to plan separate trips on weekends when the club does not have something planned—maybe even using some equipment from the rental shop!”


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