The Outdoor Adventure Clubs, now known as Adventure Crew were formed in 2013 with RRT being one of their very first cooperating partners. The Adventure Crew is directed at getting more underserved students into nature by providing free school-based outdoor recreation, education, and conservation opportunities for urban teens. RRT immediately started working with the group, showing up to schools to promote the new club and travelling to different schools to present to club members and get them excited and prepared for outdoor events.
Today, Adventure Crew is responsible for both Paddlefest and the Tristate Guide to the Outdoors. Through the years these events and resources belonged to other organizations (Ohio River Way and Green Umbrella) but no matter what organization led the charge, RRT has been a financial sponsor and active contributor to their success. RRT owner Emily became one of the largest content contributors and organizers for the Guide to the Outdoors magazine and would see it reach new heights. Paddlefest, one of the largest paddling events in our region sees over 2,000 paddlers simultaneously paddle the Ohio River. RRT consistently donates to the raffle, sponsors the event, and participates in the event. RRT has also helped to lead local hiking trips for the inner city youth in the club. In 2017 we’ve began co-sponsoring WVXU radio spots with OAC to raise awareness and fundraising efforts.
Working with Columbia we were able to secure a grant for the Adventure Crew in early 2017 totaling $5,000 of equipment and financing. In April of 2017 we hosted our first annual Fashion Show Fundraising event with Fifty West Brewery to benefit the Adventure Crew and raised almost $1,500 and our efforts were doubled in 2018 to raise $3,000! Today, we continue to be financial sponsors, but also help with gear donations for the club’s events. If you have old outdoor equipment or clothing, please consider donating it to the club through RRT. Any donation is rewarded with a 10% discount on any same day purchases. Look for RRT to join with the Adventure Crew through out the year for some significant raffle donations as well; Support the OAC and test your luck with a different outdoor package every month including RRT packages worth hundreds of dollars!
As of 2019 the organization has now transformed to the “Adventure Crew” and continues to improve the lives and outlook for hundreds of area youth. Please consider supporting their efforts anyway you can, and look for our fashion show fundraising event every April (tickets are limited and do sell out!). For more information visit them at the link below.
Read “The Ohio River Way Paddlefest” Blog