The club was established in the fall of 2008 by a student who proposed the idea for a club that would fill the void for students who do not belong to traditional school organizations and sports teams. After approaching several staff members about being advisors for his new club he found the food service director a willing partner in the new adventure, and the Weston Outdoor Club was born. Starting with 6 students we quickly grew to 12 then 15! Our first “event” was a trap shoot at a local sportsman’s club. This was quickly followed by a trip to the Mississippi river to fish from a barge anchored just below lock and dam #9 in Genoa Wisconsin. 10 students went on that 1st fishing trip and our last trip saw 35 students and parents go!
Among the activities the club has participated in are: an orienteering class held on an Army base, trapping Blanding turtles at the Sandhill Wildlife Area with the Department of Natural Resources, hiking Devils lake and Wildcat state parks, Ice fishing at Lake Redstone, the Petenwell flowage, and Whitemond county park, Camping at Potosi Campground with a visit to the Fresh Water River Museum in Dubuque, and snowshoeing at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. The club also gives back by helping local sportsmen’s clubs with spring clean-up and the running of the local fisharee.
The club writes many grants and has purchased 20 new mountain bikes which we have ridden on the Elroy-Sparta and the 400 trail. These bikes are available to ride at any-time at school and our physical education staff uses them in class also. In addition we purchased 25 pairs of snowshoes through grants and go snowshoeing not only at various parks in the area but here at school also. Again these items are used by our physical education department as well in their classroom instruction.
The club operates autonomously, although in conjunction with the Weston School District but we raise all our own funds and receive no funds from the school budget. Advisors are not paid and donate their time on trips. The club designed its own logo and has its own flag which we display proudly on our outings!
The Weston outdoor Club is open to all students in grades 6 -12 and there is a one-time joining fee of $10 for the club t-shirt. Meetings are held each month and the members decide where to go and what our next adventure will be!