The Great Outdoor Initiative began in July of 2019 with a focus on facilitating mental and physical well-being, creating new experiences with opportunities to share and develop friendships. During outings we have an opportunity to speak with participants about their wants and needs while we encourage exercise and healthy eating habits. Since the Great outdoor Initiative program began the group has experienced many activities with partner agencies and businesses.
The program participants have enjoyed a Summer Concert at Okemo Mountain, Car Wash Fundraiser with Rutland Sheriff’s Department, Rutland Halloween Parade with the Kiwanis Club, Canoeing and Kayaking with Vermont Adaptive, Mentor Connector Bowling Tournament and Skiing with Vermont Adaptive. After our covid pause and with Covid-19 cases receding in Vermont we are poised and ready to restart the Great Outdoor Initiative. The schedule for 2021 begins in June with a visit to Billings Farm and Museum, in July ARC will be Paddling with Vermont Adaptive, and late summer ARC will participate in National Night Out with Rutland Recreation and other community organizations. Please click calendar tab for current dates and activities.