Wenatchee High School is soon to offer an Outdoor Recreation Fitness course which will be the first of its kind. As many of you know, our Valley is so fortunate to have a vast array of outdoor activities we can enjoy right out the back door. Backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, rock climbing, hiking and the list goes on…Many of the students at Wenatchee High School have not been exposed to or become familiar with many outdoor adventure activities. This fitness course will be the gateway for many of the students at Wenatchee High School to experience physical fitness in a new way, out in nature.

To make these activities possible for this class, the school is looking for gear donations. Camping gear is a high priority on the school’s list for donations. Cooking gear, purifiers, tents, sleeping bags, backpacking packs and sleeping pads are all needed. Rock climbing gear like harnesses, ropes, carabiners or any winter equipment including skies, ski poles, snowboards, snowshoes and helmets would also be greatly appreciated.

Along with gear, the school is also in need of volunteers for lessons (for example, if you want to teach kids about avalanche preparedness) or supervisors for field trips. The Outdoor Recreation Fitness class is starting small for the 2018-2019 school year but they are still looking for six volunteers for four days to supervise the rock climbing part of the class. They will also need another six volunteers for four days to supervise the snowshoeing (possibly skiing) aspect of the course. Lastly, they will need six volunteers for four days for a backpacking trip if enough supplies are donated. Prior knowledge of these activities is not necessary for supervisors, but strongly preferred. The goal is to keep the students safe and teach them how to responsibly participate in these outdoor activities. Instructions will be given prior to each outing to insure each trip goes as smoothly as possible.

To help make this class a success they are in need of support from our amazing community and the Wenatchee High School is very excited to start offering this course. If you have gear to donate, would like to volunteer or teach a lesson, or have further questions please contact Nikki Buzzell at buzzell.nikki@wenatcheeschools.org (425) 417-6420.

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