About the Maryland Outdoor Club > General Info
The Maryland Outdoor Club, Inc. (MOC) is a not-for-profit organization for adults, featuring adventure sports
(mostly non-competitive), as well as social events and travel excursions, in and around the state of
Maryland. The MOC's mission is to provide our members with fun experiences, the opportunity to network, and the
ability to learn about and participate in local adventure sports.
The MOC hosts about 100 events every year, including:
- Adventure Sports - hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, paddling, climbing, skiing, etc.
- Travel - trips to the beach, mountains, or various parts of the U.S., and possibly beyond
- Social - social hour, parties, movies, spectator sporting events, golf outings, nature preservation, clinics, etc.
Founded in March 2002, the MOC currently has 473 members, and caters to active adults over 18 years old, with a majority of active members in the 20-39 age range. Membership is open to any adult
interested in outdoor adventures, regardless of his or her experience level. Members pay only for those events
they attend and membership is free, although member support
, in the form of both time and monetary donations, is
solicited to keep the club running. There is no paid staff, and funds remaining at the end of the year are
recycled back into the club (for purchases of equipment, maintaining the web site, or supporting an event).
The MOC relies heavily on its interactive events and networking web site for membership signup,
communication, event registration, payment, and feedback, as well as make suggestions for
A Virtual Clubhouse
The web site is the backbone - the "virtual clubhouse" - of the MOC. Individuals can sign up for membership online
in a matter of minutes. They can network with other members, interact with the officers, and register for upcoming
events. The lack of overhead for a physical office permits the
club to continue to offer free memberships.
In addition to the web site, the MOC features a twice-monthly e-mail to its e-mail list group with
breaking news and upcoming events, and a blog, the "Maryland Explorer." A monthly
social/networking event is held to give members an opportunity to meet and socialize in person.
The MOC was modeled after the Atlanta Outdoor Club
(AOC) located in Atlanta, GA. The AOC was founded in October
of 2000 and is now serving more than 3600 members in the state of Georgia. Amy Pickwick founded both the MOC
and the AOC. After moving to the Atlanta area straight out of college from Salisbury, MD, Amy found it
difficult to meet people because Atlanta was such a fast-paced city and people were so transitional. She
began the AOC as a way to meet people with interests similar to her and, within six months, found that the idea
had caught on. When Amy relocated to Maryland in late 2001, she brought her concept with her.
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