On March 24, 2020 the Outdoor Challenge Leadership Team made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 Outdoor Challenge. The health and safety of our members, staff and communities is foremost in our decision making, and it became clear that suspending these operations was the safest and most responsible course of action.
Participants throughout the country are impacted by this virus as COVID-19 has required staff and volunteers to prioritize other immediate member and industry issues. We are continuing to support AORE members who are able to work remotely or with minimal interaction with students, public and others. We had intended to use April-May of 2020 to do more robust training for team leads. Much of this work could be done remotely; and much of the work required students and teams interacting with one another. We do not believe teams will be set up for a successful Fall outdoor challenge in the current state of the nation.
Between now and May 1st, the Leadership team will continue to explore opportunities to build an Outdoor Challenge that meets the needs of participants, and is mindful of financial, staff, and volunteer capacity.
We thank you for your understanding and we will be in contact with next steps and future opportunities.
The Outdoor Challenge Leadership Team