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November 27, 2020

We came together, on Friday the 13th, to take our luck into our own hands and to discuss how to overcome the challenges we are facing with COVID. Over 50 members of the community answered our call and registered to join solution-oriented conversations around relevant topics and challenges shared by many – from coast to coast, to coast. We’d like to thank everyone that was there.

As some of you could not make it, we’ve prepared this condensed overview of the very fruitful conversations we held. Though the great energy and proactiveness of this meeting are hard to showcase in such a format, we hope this helps and demonstrates the value of such gatherings.

Post-Secondary Outdoor Programs in a COVID-19 era: 

Post-secondary outdoor programs are facing great challenges. As some are able to go on with their programs, with the approval of health authorities, others are still working on adapting their practices. Concerns regarding safe transportation were brought up and seemed to be shared by most. Forming group bubbles to ensure the safety of students was put forward as an effective solution. Post-secondary conversations will continue and enable those present to continue bringing students outside.

Outdoor Learning in Schools: 

Schools need support and tools for field trips and bringing students outside. They need alternatives. This community is a source of support promoting national coordination on multiple levels. Steps are being taken to support bringing students outside, these include designing guidelines and reframing program offerings to be more appealing to school administrators and teachers alike.

Special Risk Insurance for Led Outdoor Activity

Insurance is a huge barrier for many outdoor program providers. There is a disconnection looking at insurance for sports and physical education vs insurance for Led Outdoor Activity. The source of this disconnection: a lack of education of insurance providers in regards to actual vs. perceived risk for most outdoor activities.  While insurance companies have found ways to offer special risk insurance for sports at a reasonable price, this is not the case for the outdoor sector. 

The sports sector was able to achieve this because they worked together, speaking with a coherent voice. The same is beginning to happen for the outdoor sector through the Summit.

Focusing on the Upcoming Winter Season: 

As the whole country is preparing to face a winter like no other, outdoor activity providers came together to discuss common challenges and how to adapt programs to the Covid reality for wintertime. With a higher than ever demand for outdoor programs and the record-breaking popularity of our parks and trails, sustainability questions were raised. On the other hand, the situation seems to represent great opportunities. Resources are being reorganized to support this new cohort of outdoor enthusiasts and solutions are emerging, like asking for reservations or offering online activities and webinars. Because of these, some organizations in the community have seen their membership grow drastically.

Using Winter Time to Prepare for Spring and Summer 2021

As preparation for Spring and Summer of 2021 is well underway, many organizations and outdoor program providers need help. A need for national coordination on that topic was made evident. To address conflicting messages regarding the actual risks of outdoor activities, we need to develop a simple national message to showcase the value of low-risk outdoor activities. Work for this has already started.

Be Part of the Collective Effort!

If you care about bringing people outside, this Summit is for you. It is designed to give space for your opinion to influence the results.  Join this unprecedented national collaboration and help co-create the future of the outdoor community.

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