WilSkills

Vanderbilt's Outdoor Experience

 

Outdoor Adventures

 

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Trips Every Weekend

Every normally scheduled weekend of the academic year WilSkills takes a group of students on an adventure consisting of whitewater canoeing, sport climbing, backpacking or caving. Get the most out of your weekend.

No Experience Necessary

WilSkills’ mission is to make the outdoors accessible to any Vanderbilt student willing to enjoy them. For that reason, WilSkills provides all the necessary gear and instruction for anyone to participate in our trips, regardless of experience or means.

Entirely Student Run

WilSkills is run by a dedicated corps of Vanderbilt students. We lead the trips, give the lectures, maintain the storeroom, and turn all the other gears that keep the WilSkills machine whirring along.

Implausibly Cheap

With trips for only  $40, the ability to go on unlimited trips for $135 (Technically not infinite trips, we only go on ~11 per semester), discounts for returning students, scholarships, and financial aid, WilSkills is financially accessible to everyone. You would be hard pressed to go on a cheaper trip with anyone else, even just buying gas and food for yourself.

Lectures & Meetings

 

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Weekly Lectures

Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Garland 101 WilSkills has its weekly lecture. But these are nothing like those you’ve been suffering through during the day. Come see fellow students present on anything from backcountry cooking to treating hypothermia. These are the perfect way to break up the mid-week grind.

Guest Speakers

Every semester WilSkills features at least one guest speaker to deliver that week’s lecture. These range anywhere from park rangers to Vanderbilt professors, to sustainability executives from international corporations. Only time will tell what is in store for future lectures.

Semesterly Potluck

This is the only occasion where you can unleash the full wrath of your culinary wizardry. Bring a dish of your creation or an ambitious collaboration to the WilSkills Potluck where you will surely leave satiated.

Community

 

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Social Events

Every Thursday evening, WilSkills hosts a social event where anyone is welcome. These range from parties, to movies, to functions around Nashville. They are a great opportunity to get to know the people of WilSkills without any significant commitment.

Climb Nashville

After almost any Wednesday Lecture, WilSkills members will head over to Climb Nashville for some evening exercise. We’d love to coordinate rides, share belay partners, and encourage newcomers to give climbing a shot.

Philanthropy

This year, WilSkills will continue its tradition to giving back to the resources which we so enjoy, as well as participate in campus efforts to make others feel welcome. We are planning trail building events, participating in SPEAR’s Cardboard Crew initiative, and hosting our own Transfer Student welcoming move-in assistance day.