Calling All Gauchos! | Help WIN the Outdoor Campus Challenge

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Win an Osprey Backpack | NOW - 9/15

Download the app and pre-register between NOW and Sept 15. Every day during that time period, a pre-registered challenger will be awarded an Osprey backpack. The sooner you register, the more opportunities to win!

Hiking. Kayaking. Hammocking. Backpacking. Gardening. Bicycling. Walking.

These are just a few of the activities Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Friends, Family and ALL Gaucho Supporters/ Lovers will be participating in from September 16 through October 13 as we compete against over 90 other universities to win the 5th annual Outdoor Recreation Campus Challenge.

Although there are loads of incredible prizes to go around, we have our eyes on the top prize: the title of National Outdoor Champion.

 Activites can take place and be logged from anywhere on planet Earth!

Let's win this

Get the official AORE app and participate to help UCSB win the title of National Outdoor Champion:
  1. Download the app via the links below.
  2. Create an account and register with "University of California Santa Barbara"
  3. Log your outdoor activities
  4. Win prizes and give-aways!
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Earn Points by participating and posting in the official app

Hosted by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), the Campus Challenge is a Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness competition with 98 schools from across the country going head-to-head for four weeks to see who can get the most people outside and active. The school with the most people outdoors wins, and so can you! In addition to prizes, we're competing for:

Registration
Most Outdoorsy
Environmental Champs
Health / Wellness Champs
Outdoors Anywhere Champs
Developing Skills / Personal Growth Champs
Greater Good School
Outdoors Extraoridinaire
Longest Time Outside
Regional School Champion

10 Point Activities

  • Races (adventure / 5 k / track)
  • Cycling / Mountain Biking
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • Climbing (indoor & outdoor)
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing / Hunting
  • Hiking / Backpacking
  • Paddle Sports (kayak, SUP, canoe) 
  • Outdoor Service Projects
  • Disc Golf
  • Running
  • Snowsports
  • Water activities
  • Team sports not included.

5 Point Activities

  • Outdoor clinics / training
  • Skateboarding / longboarding
  • Slacklining
  • Walking
  • Yoga (outdoors)
  • Outdoor Work

2 Point Activities

  • Gardening
  • Stargazing
  • Hammocking
  • Arts / craft / building
  • Photo fails

Bonus Points | Greater Good Bonus

  • Group Activities (3 or more challengers) (+5) 
  • Overnight Activities (+5)
  • School Organized activities *See Below (+5)
  • 1st, 10th, 25th, 50th activities Logged (+10 each)
  • Positive Environmental Impacts (+5) | Trail maintenance, trash pick-up, research, planting trees, or following LNT
  • Health / Wellness (+2)  | cardio workout, stress reduction, forest bathing, or gathering fruits & veggies
  • Exploring the Outdoors Anywhere (+5) | birdwatching in urban parks, urban gardening, ______
  • Developing Skills / personal growth (+5) | training for competition, learning or practicing a new skill, or challenging yourself beyond your current comforts

The Fine Print | How to make sure your activities get points

Valid Entries –eligible for point consideration

  • Activities logged must take place between September 16 -October 13, 2019
  • Activities must have lasted longer than 30 minutes
  • Log up to 5 activities per day
  • The submitted outdoor activities should be of you engaging in the outdoors with the outdoor element being the focus.
  • The photo uploaded must show you/your group participating in the activity

Not Valid Entries –not eligible for point consideration

  • Traditional team sports such as soccer, football, baseball, and basketball do not count as eligible activities.
  • Landscape pictures (I.e. no one IN the picture)

Disqualified –will be flagged and removed

  • Nudity, Pornographic, obscene, profane, defamatory, libelous, threatening, unlawful or other material which could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, give rise tocivil liability, or otherwise violate any law or regulation.
  • Any entry that includes obscenities, objectionable material, or defames or invadethe publicity or privacyrights of any person living or deceased, will be disqualified.

*School Organized Activities

In an effort to "get outside and play" together (+5 pts group activity) AND bonus "School Organized" (+5 pts), Recreation/ Adventure Programs is coordinating the following 30+ min activities. Click the calendar event for more details.