Club says, ‘the weather’s just fine’

Members of the Lambton Outdoor Club wave during the club’s 2013 New Year’s Day hike and potluck. Submitted Photo

Barry Wright

Fun and fellowship is the mantra of the Lambton Outdoor Club.

The non-profit organization offers members snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter camping, hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and social events year-round.

“We have about 280 members,” said publicity director Chris Richmond.  “We gain a few some years and lose a few other years, but our numbers always remain about the same.”

Though it’s has been in operation a little more than two decades, Richmond calls the club one of the areas best-kept secrets.

About 80% of the membership is from Sarnia, Point Edward, Bright’s Grove and Corunna, with the rest coming from rural areas of Sarnia-Lambton and neighbouring Chatham-Kent.

Richmond says the average age is 40-to-50-years-old, with several very active members in their 80s.

“There’s been a lot of talk about attracting more young people but it just hasn’t happened yet,” she said.  “Many (young people) are just too busy with their families and other interests and activities.”

Annual membership is $25 for a single person, $30 for a family. Richmond says anyone contemplating joining can attend an event or two and essentially test-drive the club before making a decision.

“Once people come out and try it, they say, ‘Wow this is so much fun,’” she said.

The activities are great way for people who normally hunker down over the winter to interact with others and embrace the elements, she said.

“It forces you to get outside and get some fresh air.”

For more, visit the Lambton Outdoor Club at www.sarnia.com/groups/outdoor/