By Cody Blankenship
Campers are gearing up for a trip to Fort Pickens during the weekend of Sept. 14-15 organized by Outdoor Adventures.
The trip is scheduled to depart at 9 a.m. on Saturday and return around 2 p.m. that Sunday.
Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, Shaun Boren, said in an email, “It is a perfect trip for first-time and experienced campers alike.”
“Registration is open as late as the day before if we need to fill spots, but more often the registration closes when the trips fill, which can be quick!”
The cost of the trip is $45, which covers transportation, camping gear, kayaks and food.
Boren said, “After setting up camp, participants will have time to enjoy the beach, go kayaking and hike around the fort.”
Boren wants participants to take away a lot from these trips. Even though this trip’s destination is close to UWF, Outdoor Adventures helps with connecting students to local opportunities.
“These local trips also offer a lower cost, smaller time commitment, and less prerequisite experience to provide educational opportunities for first-time participants,” Boren said.
The Fort Pickens trip kicks off the year for Outdoor Adventures. Throughout the fall and spring semesters the group will be taking more trips in the local area and farther destinations.
“You can look forward to trips to Big Bend and skiing in Vermont, as well as more expensive chartered events like rafting and hang gliding,” Boren said.