Outdoor Center hosts ‘camp on the Comm Lawn’
By Conner Celli
On a chilly night in October, students and AS Outdoor Center staff gathered together to camp on the Communications Facility lawn.
On Friday, Oct. 6, the Outdoor Center hosted Camp on the Comm Lawn. It gave attendees a chance to participate in lawn games, win prizes and even enjoy an outdoor screening of the film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”
This was the first time the Outdoor Center has put on an event like this, but marketing coordinator for the Outdoor Center and Western senior Kelly Oberbillig, explained there may be more.
“Hopefully it is something that continues in the future. We are working on a policy with the school to actually camp outside,” Oberbillig said.
One of the main goals of the event was to make the Outdoor Center’s presence known on campus and educate about the resources they provide on and off campus. Resources include a bike shop, Lakewood boathouse and challenge course and a rental shop.
Junior Gus Wimberger has been part of the Outdoor Center since his freshman year. He is very passionate about the Outdoor Center and services they provide.
“I love it because it is a place where we are able to educate people,” Wimberger said.
For junior Brianna Berkson, the Outdoor Center is a place she sees herself using in the future.
“It seems like they have a lot of activities to help people get engaged with their program,” Berkson said.
Wimberger recommends if Western students are interested at all they should come check out the Outdoor Center. Not only is the Outdoor Center a place to check out gear, it is a place to meet new people and expand their knowledge about the outdoors, Wimberger said.
The Outdoor Center also enjoys helping people find the best places to go for a hike or even just ride your bike in the Bellingham area, Wimberger said.
The resources offered through the Outdoor Center are open to everyone, not just Western students and faculty. Alumni of Western are welcome to take advantage of the resources as well as Whatcom Community College, Oberbillig said.
Experience is not needed to go out for an excursion and the Outdoor Center will provide equipment and transportation.