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Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

What is the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge?

The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is about school communities and student bodies joining together to try and get the most people outside and active. Outdoor Nation has selected nearly 90 colleges/universities across the US to engage in the 2016 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, kicking off Sept 4th and running through October 15th.

The school that gets the most people outdoors and documenting those experiences on during the six-week period will win the National Outdoor Championship. Participants will have the chance to win great prizes, epic gear and more.

How can I be part of the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge?

Anyone who is a U.S. resident is welcome to participate in the Challenge including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Simply visit, or download the app, and create an account, select the school you are supporting and log your outdoor activities.

Are you new to the outdoors? Here are a few on campus resources:

  • SU Recreation Services – The Outdoor Education Program hosts many trips open to students, faculty, and staff. All trips are designed for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
  • SU Outing Club – Provides many beginner, intermediate, and advanced trips for outdoor enthusiast of all levels. For more information, visit:

What counts as an outdoor activity?

Outdoor activities are considered nature-based activities where an individual actually engages in the outdoors with the outdoor element being the focus of the activity. You can log up to 5 activities per day, so each activity you participated in for at least 30 minutes could be entered. Eligible activities and point values are listed on the next page. 

Traditional team sports are not eligible. Each activity must take place for a minimum of 30 minutes and have occurred between Sept. 4 and October 15, 2016.

Activity Categories Point Values
Adventure Racing 10
Backpacking 10
Biking 10
Birdwatching / Wildlife Viewing 2
Camping 10
Climbing (Indoor or Outdoor) 10
Fishing / Hunting 10
Gardening (chores don't count!) 2
Hammocking 2
Hiking 10
KEEN Live Monumental Film Screening 5
Outdoor clinics / trainings / events 5
Outdoor games (frisbee, horshoes, etc.) 2
Paddling 10
Restoration and Trail Maintenance 10
Running / jogging 10
Skateboarding 5
Slacklining 5
Snowsports 10
Stargazing 2
Walking - fun and fitness 5
Water activities (outdoor) 10
Yoga (outdoor) 5