SOOP just held the first trip of the 2012-13 school year! We headed out to Monte Bello Open Space Preserve for a leader retreat to welcome new leaders and catch up with returning members, totaling 35 leaders!!! We popped the bubble leaving Stanford campus early Saturday morning. After a hearty lunch, we went over a few leader training skills such as bear bagging, water purification, stove use, and interpersonal scenarios. It was great getting to know everyone and we're all pumped for leading trips in the winter and spring. Check out Previous Trip Pictures for pics from the retreat.
Come learn more about SOOP at the Haas Activity Fair Saturday, Sept 22nd from 1-3PM!
If you Can't make it this Saturday, no worries! We'll be fielding a table at the Fall Activities Fair in White Plaza on Friday Sept 28th from 12-4 PM. Come out and meet the team!
SOOP Won the 2012 Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement! Credit goes to our outstanding 2011-2012 leadership team headed by Julia Brownell! It's been mounted above the staircase in the Haas Center for Public Service!
The Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program is a group of undergrads and grad students who take high schoolers from East Palo Alto on hiking, camping, and backpacking trips to give them an opportunity to experience the natural world that they ordinarily wouldn't have.
We educate youth in hiking, eating, and sleeping in the outdoors and empower them to teach these skills to their peers.
Most of our excursions consist of weekend-long backpacking trips to nearby locations such as Henry Coe, Big Basin, Natural Bridges, Point Reyes, Jasper Ridge, and the Desolation Wilderness. Two to three Stanford leaders plus one teacher from the partner school head each group of approximately 10 high school students. In addition to leader skill and expertise, we also provide gear such as external frame backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, and tents free of charge.