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ABOUT 2018-04-25T01:24:11+00:00

Who We Are

Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OACGC) is a 501(c)3 Ohio based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting urban high school students with nature and the outdoors through positive, engaging, and free recreation, education, and conservation activities.  Our team is committed to making a difference in the lives of underserved youth by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development while fostering good stewardship of green spaces and a better understanding of the environment.

What We Do

OACGC provides hundreds no-cost outdoor adventures each year for urban high school students throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. OACGC focuses on students and schools in underserved areas where regular access to safe outdoor recreation is far more difficult to achieve.

Program activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, orienteering, ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding.  Many of the adventures take students out of their neighborhoods for the first time.  Students are thrilled to participate in stress-free recreation while making their own connection with nature and improving their interpersonal skills with one another.

These activities nurture positive relationships with adults and peers while providing a safe environment for physical recreation, unstructured play, exploring new interests, enhancing positive behavior, and strengthening academic, social, and life skills in a safe environment.

Mission

The mission of Outdoor Adventure Clubs to get more urban teens out into nature for healthy outdoor recreation, education, and conservation opportunities at no expense to participants.

Vision

Our vision is to mold the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards by cultivating in our students a passion and respect for the natural world through frequent engagement in recreational activities that improve their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Our New Director

MacDougal has a strong background in strategic planning, fundraising/sales, marketing, communications, and leadership, all skills that will well-serve the growth of OAC, a young not-for-profit organization. MacDougal most recently served as President of Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati from 2009-2014 (a non-profit entity) when the school experienced positive turns in enrollment, finances, and fundraising, leading to her promotion to oversee both Mercy and McAuley High Schools for three additional years. Previously and locally, MacDougal served in corporate training and marketing for Five Seasons Country Clubs based in Covington.

Originally from New England and the Finger Lakes region of New York, MacDougal grew up with a profound appreciation for the outdoors and all its adventure. “To now work with an organization and partners dedicated to ensuring urban teens experience the great outdoors and all its positive effects is deeply rewarding. The mission of OAC is so critically important to developing thoughtful, creative, confident future leaders who see the beauty of this world as here for them, as well. Access to nature – it is a most intrinsic privilege.” MacDougal said.

Katie Kemme, Board Chair for Outdoor Adventure Clubs, added, “It was important to our Board that we not only find a leader with the diverse skill-set needed for the Executive Director position, but also a leader with strong relational skills and passion for the mission. We are confident we have found this complete profile in Kirsten MacDougal.”

Early focus for MacDougal with the Board of Directors is long term strategic planning for OAC to ensure not only continued and growing recreational adventures for area teens, but also increased education and conservation opportunities for students at even more schools.

OAC provides over 3,000 no-cost outdoor adventures each year for urban high school students throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. OAC focuses on students and schools in underserved areas where regular access to safe outdoor recreation is far more difficult to achieve. The OAC team is committed to making a difference in the lives of underserved youth by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development while fostering good stewardship of green spaces and a better understanding of the environment.

MacDougal received her B.A. from Rollins College in Florida, and her MBA work is with Ohio University. She is the first Executive Director to follow OAC Founder, Denny McFadden, and will begin full time with the organization in March.

Our Values

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Your Impact

In addition to your generous donations, there are plenty of ways you can impact OAC’s mission to improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of urban teens through regular engagement with nature and the outdoors.

We’re always on the lookout for individuals and businesses who want to help make a difference.

Volunteer

If you’ve ever volunteered, you probably felt fantastic afterward. You felt like you made a difference and that made your feel GOOD! When we volunteer, we can directly see the impact of our efforts on the lives of the young people we serve. This also has a positive effect on us.

Volunteer Today

Advocate

Sharing information about OAC and spreading the word about our program is a form of volunteering that you can do on your own time. It’s also one of the most important ways that OAC gets support. The more people know about our program, the more opportunities we have to serve these young people and the communities in which they live.

Help Spread the Word

Please Donate Today

Just $12 a month covers activities for one student for the entire school year. Your donation can make a difference.