The PSU Outdoor Center is part of the academic Adventure Education program in the Health and Human Performance Department and as such is an experiential education-based program that serves as a clinical site for students studying Adventure Education as well as being a catalyst for personal growth for all participants. The Outdoor Center offers an outdoor equipment rental program which is FREE OF CHARGE to all PSU students. We have equipment for winter activities, paddling, climbing, camping, and much more. In addition, through its SOAR (Student Outdoor Adventure Recreation) program the Outdoor Center sponsors trips, clinics, and trainings run under a cooperative adventure model using human powered outdoor activities to connect students with their surrounding outdoor environment. Students experience empowerment, goal achievement, and group support by moving beyond their own expectations. Based on a challenge-by-choice philosophy, all activities are voluntary, empowering each person to perform to her or his potential, securely and without pressure.
There is no prior experience necessary to participate in Outdoor Center SOAR program. The Outdoor Center is located in the White Mountain Apartment Complex (#31), but will soon move to the new ALLWell North in October 2015.
The Outdoor Center also offers experiential team building and personal growth experiences through its CALE program. CALE stands for Community Adventure Learning Experiences. The mission of CALE is to provide quality adventure programming experiences to a diversity of groups for the purpose of developing or reinforcing concepts, skills and/or values. CALE staff members provide structured, adventure-based activities that deliver these outcomes. CALE serves the PSU community as well as the larger Plymouth-area community. CALE adventure programs are diverse. They can be delivered via the outdoor or indoor challenge course, low and no prop activities, indoor rock climbing wall, front country outdoor pursuits or backcountry activities.
To explore our website and see more details about what the Outdoor Center offers, please follow the links on the left hand side of this page. The Programs link will take you to our page with trip details and information regarding the SOAR and CALE program.