Shippensburg University places fifth in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

OutDoorNationArticleShippensburg University competed against 55 schools from across the country in this year’s Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and with over 400 active participants logging outdoor activity in support of Ship, the university placed fifth in its division and first in its region.

From Sept. 18 to Oct. 15, Dr. Sean Cornell and the Geography/Earth Science Department challenged friends, colleagues, alumni and local residents to get outside as part of the annual competition that encourages everyone to be active outdoors. Participants downloaded the challenge app and submitted their outdoor activities, accumulating points for prizes and prestige.

Ship faculty, staff and students organized group activities including outdoor classes, a movie showing and yoga. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail was also added to this year’s challenge making all activity on the trail worth additional points.

From hiking and biking, to bird watching and outdoor yoga, the Ship community logged 3,851.5 hours of outdoor activity and 81,269 points.

“That’s an average of almost nine hours of outdoor time for each participant! I would say we had a pretty successful challenge,” said Cornell.

Checkout all of this year’s logged activities by visiting