OAC provides break from college grind

UNA students can embrace an adventurous spirit at the Outdoor Adventure Center on campus.

Located across the street from Norton Auditorium, the OAC is a outdoorsmen’s heaven to not only avid outdoorsmen, but also beginners in the great outdoors.

Patrick Shremshock, coordinator for the OAC, said the OAC has nearly everything students could need to camp.

“Students just need to bring their MANE Cards and driver’s licenses the first time they come (to check out equipment) and just their Mane Cards after that,” Shremshock said. “We have all kinds of camping gear, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, sleeping pads and camp cookery.”

Shremshock said the most popular items checked out from the OAC are the Eno hammocks and kayaks, especially during the spring. Hammocks are rented out for four consecutive days. Kayaks rentals can be kept for 24 hours and come with a paddle and life jacket.

Every year, the OAC hosts many events on and off campus. One of the most successful events is “Camping On Campus.” In the fall semester, the OAC checks out camping equipment to students so they can sleep outdoors for the evening. The event includes music, games and giveaways.

Shremshock said the OAC will host “Camping On Campus” again this fall but they will introduce new events, as well.

“Every semester our schedule changes a bit, but we post our schedule online,” Shremshock said. “All events are free to students. They just need to come in (the OAC) and sign up.”

Shremshock said the OAC events schedule is on the organization’s website, Facebook and Instagram.

Other events that the Outdoor Adventure Center host in the past were whiffle golf, a survival clinic and a trip to Florence’s trampoline arena, Sky Zone.

David Atkins, student leader at the OAC, said the OAC is a stress reliever for students.

“We provide a great outlet to relieve some of the stress that can happen while in college,” Atkins said.

Shremshock said the activities at the OAC are beginner level, therefore anyone can participate. He said the point of the events is to introduce new hobbies to students and help them make friends in the process.

“Some of the activities may be something they have (students) wanted to try to do before but didn’t have the means or the knowledge of how to do it,” Atkins said.

The OAC is also home to the Outdoor Club, a “catch-all sports club,” according to the OAC’s website.

The website stated that the club is for those interested in competing in collegiate tournaments including Ultimate Frisbee, Archery and Rock climbing/Bouldering. The club actually competes in tournaments and competitions.

Shremshock said he is searching for leadership within the club and new members can apply through Orgsync.

“I tell students that they should at least come check us out and take a look at our scheduled events,” Atkins said.