The OAC was founded in 2011. In the first year, there were over 120 members. There are currently over 180 club members. 546 students were served at meetings and on adventures with the club in the last 12 months.
We seek to get students outdoor and engaged with the natural world around them. Some of our past adventures include hiking, canoeing, skiing, snow shoeing, orienteering, zip lining and so much more.
“Being a part of OAC has given me opportunities to do things that I wanted to, but didn’t know how. I always wanted to go camping and would have never had a chance to if it wasn’t for OAC. As a city kid, it’s refreshing to go outdoors for a while and just enjoy the nature. And it’s always fun to do it with your close friends.” – Chheangkea
Outdoor Adventures Club Advisor:
Kendra Bauer – Mrs. Bauer is in her seventh year of running the Outdoor Adventures Club. She is originally from South Carolina, but moved to New England for college, and stayed. Mrs. Bauer grew up camping and hiking all over the United States from a very early age, continued camping with her outdoor club through college, and loves getting students outdoors today! Many trips will include her three children. When not spending time in the outdoors, Mrs. Bauer enjoys teaching English, cooking with friends, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Bauer has worked with the Appalachian Mountain Club and their Youth Opportunities Program for the past several years. She is Camping and Hiking certified through the AMC. She has also completed Lake/Pond Canoe training and Winter Adventures training.
Donna Newcomb – Ms. Newcomb has worked with the Outdoor Adventure club for the past six years, and is happy to be joining as an assistant advisor this 2020-2021 school year.
Jacqui Hoffman –
Mrs. Hoffman grew up in Massachusetts and is in her fifth year teaching at Lowell High School. She has worked with the Outdoor Adventure Club for the past four years. Mrs. Hoffman loves the outdoors and can often be found wandering the woods at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. When not teaching English and getting outside, she spends quality time with family that includes her three year old daughter and new baby boy born in March 2018.
In their words:
“Being a part of OAC allows me the opportunity to bond with people I would never thought of becoming friends with. During the camping trip, it made me realize that there’s life beyond high school. It really changed my perspective on life. Like the stars in the sky, I must shine on despite the clouds.” ~ Muy
“OAC has given me the opportunity to explore nature and helped in building interactions with different people, as well as, working together as a team. The OAC has even allowed me to create unforgettable memories with people that I’ll never forget after high school” ~ Tram Nguyen
“With OAC, we have been given a rare opportunity to explore the world around us and learn leadership, teamwork, and many outdoor survival strategies.” ~ Julian