Outdoor activities

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Outdoor activities can be a lot of fun, weather permitting! This kind of event can be great for engaging children and families and those who may be less interested in the technical aspects of your project. They are likely to attract people whose values align with those of your group, given that sustainable energy projects invariably contribute to safeguarding the natural world. Getting outdoors is also a healthy way to let off steam, to build team spirit and to take a breather from the pressures of managing a project.

Below are a few ideas and examples of different types of outdoor activities:

Walks. Walks are a cheap, fun and easy activity to organise. All you need is some comfortable shoes, a pleasant footpath, a packed lunch and hopefully some sunshine!

Camping. For those with an adventurous side, why not consider arranging a camping event? A camping event will best suit those groups who have access to a piece of land as part of their project, although other local community venues or a nearby camping site are possible alternatives. Incorporating workshops, practical tasks or other interactive activities can be a great way to make it engaging and closely aligned with your project.

Picnics. See the Food and drink suggestions.

Case Studies
Country: UK

Canalside Community Food organise camping events on the land they lease to run their Community Supported Agriculture initiative. They hold a camping weekend every September during their potato harvest, during which they encourage large numbers of their members to help bring in the harvest and to celebrate the growing season. The camping weekends involve a range of different land-based and craft activities and a tasty harvest supper, as well as music and stories around the campfire or film showings in the evenings. The harvest supper is usually attended by about forty people of all ages, representing around one fifth of their total membership.

Country: UK

Hampshire Energy’s fundraising walk offered the opportunity to meet people involved with the project whilst raising money for the cooperative. A choice of circular routes was offered, of 4, 7 and 9 miles in length, all starting from the same meeting point. The cost of participating was set at £8, and this included a drink and BBQ. Participants were encouraged to get their friends and family to sponsor them, and those who couldn’t make it or didn’t fancy it were invited to sponsor the team online via their BT donate page – they had an ambitious target to raise £1000!