I’m not sure if it’s irony exactly, but at the very least, I’ve always found it kind of funny how reliant SC Outfitters has been on the Internet. Before you go on any of our trips, at some point you’ll make a visit to the website. Maybe it’s to check the details, or maybe it’s to pay for the trip. But for better or for worse, as an outdoor adventure group, SC Outfitters is a student organization very much rooted in the web.
I have to admit; I have a very unique perspective on this. As the Community Support Director, my responsibility is to keep everything running smoothly because at the end of the day, none of us want to deal with all this “business stuff”. We as guides and you as members all want the same thing: spend more time chilling together, preferably outdoors in the wilderness. From our @scoutfitters.org email addresses to our Facebook page, all of our online tools help serve the mission: to let us better nurture the outdoor community we’re trying to create.
So, along those lines, I’m kind of hoping you noticed the new digs www.scoutfitters.org is showing off today. Together with the help of two other guides, Molly Barnes and Quinn Rohlf, we’ve been working incredibly hard over the past month on our brand spanking new WordPress website.
Over the past couple of semesters, we’ve been asking you what you liked about SC Outfitters and what annoyed the crap out of you. One of the things that we kept hearing was how much you liked our website.
On the other hand, SC Outfitters has been expanding exponentially over the last year. With a membership program and an expanded roster of trips, our website was simply unable to keep up with what we needed it to do. We could’ve made it work, but it would’ve been more complicated for both you as a participant, and for us as guides to maintain.
So with much celebration, we decided to move to better pastures, and this new site is the result. Some of the new features we hope you’ll like are:
- A cleaner design to make it easier for you to get all the information you need.
- A new Trips Page for you to bookmark and get an easy, visual way of seeing all the trips.
- Added support and help pages so you can find answers to the questions you have.
- More photos of the guides and the members that put a face to our community.
- A revamped The Blog with RSS Feed to keep you in the loop with the latest news.
- A new host to reduce our operating costs so more money can go to benefit our members.
And that’s not all! With midterm season going on right now, we couldn’t finish everything we wanted to do, but that doesn’t mean we’re done expanding the website. Let’s just say our members will have something to be very stoked about come next semester.
For now, we hope you like the look of our new online home. For the longest time, when people said how much they like our website, I’ve always responded, “I’m glad you love it. I actually hate my work.” Now, I’m happy to say how much I love what Molly Barnes, Quinn Rohlf, and I have created. We hope you’ll agree.
Thanks for reading, and remember to live for adventure!
Founding Guide | Community Support Director | SC Outfitters