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VOC sends delegates to MEC Outdoor Nation · Sat. Sep. 20th - Sun. Sep. 21st

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Organized by: Caitlin Schneider.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 20th
End: Sunday, Sep. 21st
Pre-trip meeting location: email me if your interested.


Email me by August 20th if your interested!  We will be sending maximun of 8 people.


MEC is starting an initiative called 'Outdoor Nation' targeted at people ages 18-27. This is a initiative to try to encourage people to get outside.

MEC is looking for partners in this venture. They are setting up 3 summits, gatherings of about 150 people to discuss how to get people outside.

The first of these will be held in Squamish on September 20th-21st. They are looking for the VOC to commit to send 8-10 people to this summit. (All expenses paid).

The goal is to come up with projects to encourage outdoor activities after some discussion. The projects will then be presented adn the top 3 will get funding right away, with the possibility to apply for funding later as well.

The projects are pretty wide open, and can last up to a year. The scope is also widely varying. Some previous ideas included
- creating a video of fun things to do on a single tank of gas (maybe no gas would be better!)
- leadership/technical training courses
- projects to connect other outdoor clubs
- restoration projects that have community involvement.

So what the deal?

We would like to send some students to this summit, so we are opening the opportunity to you! If you would like to go, send an email to me or Artem Babaian, or post here. Please describe why you would want to go. We also need people to commit to this. We will let you know by the end of july for sure.

the following was copied from MEC propaganda:

What is MEC Outdoor Nation?

MEC Outdoor Nation is a new MEC initiative, launching this fall. It is a national movement, aimed at reconnecting 18-27 year olds—the demographic that shows the steepest decline in physical activity, according to a recent ParticipACTION report —with a life played outside. For young adults and led by young adults, MEC Outdoor Nation will launch with three weekend summits across the country: Vancouver in September 2014, Toronto and Montreal in spring 2015. Each summit brings together 150 young adults to achieve a common purpose: to create and launch projects that inspire other young adults to be active outside. MEC will be granting $10,000 per summit for these projects.

Vancouver Summit

September 20-21, 2014

Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale, BC

The first MEC Outdoor Nation Summit will take place September 20-21, 2014 at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale. Over the course of the 2-day summit, 150 young adults will attend workshops, identify the barriers to young people in their generation getting outside, and create projects to address these obstacles, which they will bring home to implement in their community.

At the end of the weekend, projects are presented to the group, and the top three projects (that are chosen by fellow participants) will receive $1,500 each. The remaining funding will be available to delegates after the summit via an application process.

An overnight campout at the Cheakamus Centre will take place on the Saturday night, complete with a campfire, stirring talks by inspiring folks, and live music.

• Summit participants connect with peers who share their passion for a life lived outside

• Summit participants receive funding, tools and training to implement their ideas

• All-expenses-paid: all food and accommodations are provided

• An amazing opportunity to make a difference and be part of a new national movement

Posted: 2014-08-05 11:29:48