I think the bubble wrap and helicopter parenting mentality has seeped into the post secondary education system in this case. The Penn State Outing Club which has been around for 98 years has banned outdoor activities including camping and hiking because they’re too dangerous.
Centre County, PA — Penn State University has banned its near-century-old outdoor recreation club from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness.
The 98-year-old Penn State Outing Club announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management made the determination that the hiking, camping, and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky.
The Outing Club’s current president tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the decision “wasn’t an open dialogue,” and another group officer can recall no injuries in the four years he has been at the school.
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