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P.O. Box 347171
San Francisco

415-516-9919

We are a growing NETWORK of local organizations using training and outdoor gear libraries to help connect kids to the outdoors across America. 

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2018 Summit Agenda

The Summit Agenda is subject to change and is meant to give participants clarity around the themes for each day and the timing for travel and planning purposes.  See forthcoming session descriptions for more detail about each session. 

Tuesday

October 16th

Travel day - arrive in Boston for an afternoon at AMC's Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) and an informal tour of the gear library. And of course, an OEN classic - veggie chili and a cold beer! 

Click here to share your travel info for potential carpooling from the airport and here to learn see our local transportation guide.

3 - 5 pm    Advisory Council Meeting

7 pm          Shuttles to Cardigan Lodge in New Hampshire will leave Boston. 

Contact Hannah Shapiro with any questions you have about travel, logistics. 


WEdnesday

October 17th

7:30 am        Breakfast 

8:30 am        Opening Exercise and AMC Welcome

9 am             The State of the Network -  Kyle Macdonald, OEN

9:30 am        PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT

9:50 am        Shared Measurement Planning for the Network

  • While all of us are committed to connecting young people to the outdoors by empowering the communities where they live, we have yet to articulate specifically how we measure the true, aggregated impact of our work. This session will give us a chance to learn how we can work together to best measure our impact in the world. Facilitated by OEN Board Member Sarah Katz-Hymann and OEN Executive Director Kyle Macdonald

11 am            Best Practices Session #1

12:30 pm      Lunch

1:15 pm         Best Practices Session #2

2:45 pm        Mount Cardigan Hike

PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT

6:30 pm            Dinner

7:30 pm        PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT

8 pm            Campfire social! 


Thursday

October 18th

7:30 Registration open for one-day participants 

7:30 Breakfast for full Summit participants

8:30 am       Opening Exercise - Welcome new attendees. 

9 am             Morning Plenaries 

  • Campsite Based Programming A facilitated panel discussion with expert program providers working in campsite based programs will provide a chance to learn about the specific challenges opportunities associated with running programs that are based in campgrounds.

  • Southern Maine's Gear Collaborative, and Gear Sharing Today The problem of getting outdoors because of a lack of gear is pervasive, yet solvable. A collective of outdoor funders, trip-leading organizations as well as gear makers/retailers is attempting to design an original solution . This session will look at their (and others') progress and survey of opportunities and obstacles on the path toward filling this challenging puzzle of the emerging sharing economy and the ethics it espouses

10:15 am     PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUTS

10:40 am      Breakouts  Sessions x 2 - Specific, (45 min) presentation descriptions here! 

12:30 pm    Lunch

1:15 pm       Open Space

  • Format begins, and will allow all participants to bring issues, content that they would like to discuss to the table. For more on Open Space read here.

3:25 pm      PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUTS

3:45 pm           One day participants depart 

3:45 pm           Outdoor Play, Hike, Run! 

5 pm           One-day ticket holders depart

6 pm           Dinner

7 pm           PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUTS

*Rather than those that are centered around an urban gear library without any attachment to a specific campground.  For more information about how the OEN model looks in different communities read here


Friday

October 19th

7:30 am       Breakfast 

8:30 am       Opening Exercise 

9 am            Collective Impact, Network Theory and why 2+2=5

  • This session will focus on where we as a network have come from, and where we need to go next. It will employ network theory and question why our working together means more than the sum of our parts! Lets think Big!

  • This video (right) of a 2018 panel discussion (at the Children and Nature Network Summit) provides some terrific background, with concepts that will be addressed in this session.


10:30 am      Network Initiatives - Prioritization and logistics for working groups

11:30 am      Next Steps 

11:45 pm      Lunch 

12:30 pm     Closing

1 pm             Shuttles leave for Boston. 

 

 

Special 50 Year Anniversary Celebration!   

Come celebrate 50 years of YOP, at the Appalachian Mountain Club's headquarters in Charlestown.  

 All full Summit participant tickets include access to party.  To learn more and RSVP, please click here!