Frequently Asked Questions
If you need help, the answer to your question is likely to be found on this page.
What is the Outdoors Club?
Outdoors Club is a web-based activity and social club for outdoor enthusiasts with thousands of active members and outings nearly every day. Our powerful, user-friendly Web site enables members to easily organize and join a diverse range of exciting outdoor excursions. Outdoors Club has no political agenda or mandatory meetings and it's free to join. And because the Club and its activities are run by regular members, activities are also generally free.
Why should I join?
We have dozens of outdoor activities every month. You can participate in an activity you are familiar with like hiking & rollerblading or try something new like river rafting, mountain biking, or rock climbing. Itâ€™s a great way to meet other outdoor-minded folks, get some fresh air, & exercise.
Is this a singles club?
No. Though many connections have been made our focus is on outdoor activities.
What kinds of activities are offered?
Hiking, rollerblading, bicycling, river rafting, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, beach and nature walks, camping, whale watching, etc. Occasionally members coordinate activities such as helping in the construction of low-income housing as well as beach & trail clean-up projects.
How much does it cost?
Membership is free at this time. Activities are also generally free to join; however there may be cost associated to participate in the acitivity. For example, lift tickets, transportation, etc..
How do I find out about activities?
After registering youâ€™ll receive email notifications about activities youâ€™re interested in. The emails will contain the date, a brief description of the activity, and a link that will connect you to our website so you can see who else is going. You could also browse the events page on our website to see up comming events.
What type of people join?
From people looking to get out on their first nature walk to hardcore adrenaline junkies. We have activities for everyone. Though members are as young as 18 and as old as 70, most are early 20s to mid-40s. Anyone over 18 that is looking to enjoy the great outdoors with other people is welcome.
Are there club meetings and a bureaucracy?
No. The only â€˜meetingsâ€™ are our activities & the â€˜bureaucracyâ€™ consists of a few people behind the scenes handling administration & maintaining the website.
How many people attend these activities?
As few as 2 or 3 for multi-day backpacking trips to over 100 for our beach barbeques. However, the group sizes are generally 10-25 or so.
What is the male-to-female ratio?
How much personal information do I have to disclose?
Your name, email, and ZIP code are all that are required. This is so we know who you are and can email you about upcoming activities in your area.
How do I become a member?
Go to our registration page & enter your name, email address, and ZIP code. Select the types of activities you would like to be notified via email about. Optional is a brief profile section about your hobbies, interests, etc. That's it. It takes 2 minutes!
Who can participate in these activities?
Anyone that is a registered member.
How much do activities cost?
The majority (about 90%) are free because activities are sponsored or led by members just like yourself. Activity coordinators share their knowledge, experience, & time with others for a multitude of reasons. However, mostly cuzâ€™ itâ€™s just cool to share!
How do I know if an activity is right for me?
The description of the activity combined with a beginner, intermediate, or expert rating should give you a good idea of what to expect. Activities designated as beginner are generally suited for those with little or no experience. So if there is something you want to try, get signed up! If you have questions use the Message Board or email the activity coordinator.
How do I sign up for an activity?
After registering go to our site & sign-up through the Calendar page or click the link within the activity email notification. The link within the email will take you back to our Calendar where you select Sign Me Up. Enter your email address and password.
How do I remove myself from an activity?
On the My Events page select the activity you signed up for, then Leave Event. Enter your email address and password. Note: If you decide you canâ€™t make it, please remember to do this. It will allow another Club member to take your place.
What is my responsibility as an activity participant?
Be on time and prepared. An afternoon walk on the beach obviously requires less preparation than a weeklong backpacking trip. Plan accordingly. Email the activity coordinator or use the Message Board if you have questions.
What are my â€˜rightsâ€™ as an activity participant?
To have adventure, fun, and make friends.
Can I bring a friend along?
Yes. As long as they have registered as a Club member and have signed up for the activity.
Can I contact other members about a listed activity?
Yes. You can do this via the Message Board or email. There is a link on the bottom of the specific activity page that says Send Email to Members Signed Up for this Activity.
How can I help my local chapter?
Tell your friends & family by calling them or using our email tool. Next, plan, organize, and coordinate an activity. Post on your favorite Internet message boards, outdoor related websites, or newsgroups and tell them about finding us and your upcoming activity. You often can get a free club & activity listing in local newspapers and periodicals. Here is a copy of our Press Release to send to them. Last you can post one of our flyers in your local outdoors store, school, or gym.
What if there are no activities in my area?
There is an ongoing thread on our Message Board about starting a chapter in your area. Many of our members are very helpful and would be happy to give you some advice. You donâ€™t have to fill out an application form or sign any contracts to start a chapter in your area. Nearly all areas of the country have hundreds of members registered. However, most have few activities, except California which has hundreds per year. Try posting a couple activities in your area and then get the word out for more people to register on the website and attend your activities. Something as simple as a day hike can get things going. Get the word out by posting flyers in your local outdoors store, school, gym, or newsgroup postings, etc. Call or broadcast email everyone you know or anyone you think would be interested. You can also use our email tool. Last, since you would be the one that â€˜got the ball rollingâ€™ you could be the de facto Club coordinator for that area!
Should I tell others about Outdoors Club?
Yes! Tell your friends & family by calling or using our email tool. Next, post on your favorite Internet message boards, outdoor related websites, or newsgroups and tell them about finding us. You often can get a free club & activity listing in local newspapers and periodicals. Here is a copy of our Press Release to send to them. Last you can post one of our flyers in your local outdoors store, school, or gym.
The Web Site
How does it work?
After registering you will begin to receive email notifications about upcoming activities in your area. Click the link within the email or go directly to our site & review the Calendar.
How can I see the calendar of activities?
On our homepage select the link that says Calendar, then the region of the country you are interested in. This will take you to the current monthâ€™s activities within your area. Click the arrow on the small monthly calendar on the left to see upcoming or previous monthâ€™s listings.
What is the message board?
It is an area to post questions and comments about upcoming or past activities. Also, share your outdoor experiences, buy and sell equipment, or ramble about anything our members might be interested in.
Iâ€™m getting activity notification emails that Iâ€™m not interested in. What can I do?
Select the Membership link along the top of our homepage. Use the pull down menu and choose My Member Profile. Enter your email address and password. Then uncheck the boxes next to the activities you are not interested in.
How do I post an activity report?
Go back to the Calendar and view the specific activity. Choose the link that says Post an Activity Report.
How do I post my pictures?
Go back to the Calendar and view the specific activity. Choose the link that says Post Your Photos.
What is the Photo Gallery?
This is where members can share and view photos from any outdoor adventure whether a Club activity or not.
I belong to a local club. Can we use your website?
Absolutely. As long as your clubâ€™s posted activities are open to our members.
Coordinating Activities & Posting Guidelines
Who can coordinate activities?
Any member can. Activities are led by members that know of a cool activity, have an area of expertise, or are really good about researching and planning. They also are organized, willing to help others, and have good communication skills.
Can I coordinate an activity?
Yes. We encourage all our members to coordinate an activity as this is the â€˜cornerstoneâ€™ of our Club.
How do I plan an activity?
If you are familiar with a particular area or activity there isnâ€™t much planning to do. (See the paragraph below about posting your activity) Also, the Web is a great resource for learning about new things to see and do. If youâ€™re interested in checking out a new place or adventure it is likely others would like to come along.
How do I post an activity?
Go to the Calendar page. On the left under the small calendar is a button that says Post an Activity. Make the activity title clear and concise. Next chose the date, time, location, maximum number of people, and write a description of the activity. Include driving directions and other relevant information so others can make an informed decision whether to attend. Also, designate your activity as beginner, intermediate, or expert. All of this information can be changed or updated later, even after the activity has been posted. Last, choose whether to notify members via email about the activity & choose whether you would like to automatically have a Message Board thread created.
How can I communicate with members signed up for my activity?
You can use the Message Board or if the changes are last minute you can email them by clicking Send Email to Members Signed Up for this Activity on the bottom of the specific activity page. It is good to communicate with participants as the date approaches as it serves to remind people of the activity and their commitment to attend. People often forget and upon receiving the reminder will remove themselves if they are unable to make it.
What are my responsibilities as an activity coordinator?
Find out as much as reasonably possible about the activity, location, possible weather conditions, etc. Then communicate via the activity description, email, or the Message Board what members can expect and what they should bring. Take precautions about keeping people from getting lost on hikes too. Have the person(s) in front of the group wait at every trail intersection. This will keep people from taking a wrong turn and wandering off. Have other activity participants help out if necessary. Also, helping to facilitate carpools as an activity coordinator is good for our environment.
What are my rights as an activity coordinator?
To enjoy your activity!
Can I edit or delete an activity once I post it?
Yes. Select the Calendar and then your specific activity. At the top of the active window select the tab Activity Details. Make the changes and then Update. Members that have signed up may be disappointed if you have to cancel but are generally understanding.
Can I remove or add members to my activity?
Yes. Select the Calendar and then your specific activity. At the top of the active window select the tab Member List. Select the Member name(s) and then you can Delete, Move onto Wait List, or Move into Activity.
Can I charge money for my activity?
Generally no. However, you can charge if you need to be reimbursed or if there are other costs involved such as permits, tickets, or equipment costs. Think of it as bringing your friends out for an activity & treat your fellow members the same way. If you have a question about what is reasonable, post it on the Message Board. One of our â€˜seasonedâ€™ members should be able to give you the guidance you need.
How do I encourage people to sign up?
Do your research, post as much activity detail as possible, & start a thread on the Message Board.
Should I tell others about Outdoors Club?
Yes! Tell your friends & family by calling or using our email tool. Next, post on your favorite Internet message boards, outdoor related websites, or newsgroups and tell them about finding us. You often can get a free club listing in local newspapers and periodicals. Here is a copy of our Press Release to send to them. Last you can post one of our flyers in your local outdoors store, school, or gym.
What do I get out of it?
The biggest reward is seeing the smile on otherâ€™s faces & sharing the experience with a bunch of new friends. Most people that coordinate activities get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. Consequently they keep doing it. The activity coordinators are the â€˜cornerstoneâ€™ of our Club & without them we wouldnâ€™t exist.
What if I have more questions?
Our Message Board is a great place to get your questions answered, â€˜float an ideaâ€™ for an activity, or get guidance from another member.
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