Q: What is TWP’s Gear Lending Library?
A: TWP’s Gear Lending Library aims to outfit our community with appropriate gear to offset the obstacles and cost associated with getting outdoors. Eligible participants are able to borrow selected gear, similar to a public library, for a set period of time. All gear must be returned by its return date.
Q: Who is eligible to use the gear lending library?
A: The gear lending library is currently available to our volunteers, coordinators, and alumni (any student, currently in high school or graduated) that has participated in at least 1 summer trip. While we would love to serve the broader community, we currently do not have that capacity.
Q: How was this program created?
A: The Woods Project is committed to engaging their community despite the obstacles related to Covid-19. Our high school Junior Leaders assigned to the Community Engagement Committee identified and created the gear lending library in hopes of keeping the TWP community engaged with the outdoors. Composed of 4 high-school Junior Leaders and under the guidance of TWP professionals, the committee worked to bring this program into fruition.
Q: How can I participate?
A: Please email The Woods Project at firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member will follow up with you regarding your request and direct you on next steps.
Q: Do I have to pay to receive the supplies?
A: No. The Woods Project will loan you the equipment within the timeframe of agreed dates free of charge. In exchange, we ask that you take care and return the equipment in the condition that it was borrowed.
Q: What type of supplies will I be able to check out?
A: The Gear Lending Library was built with consideration to the types of equipment our community needs to ensure a safe and fun outing; please see below for a list. Some gear normally used in other parts of our traditional programming has been removed for the safety of the program and borrower. For your convenience, here is a list of gear you may borrow:
- Sleeping Liners
- Sleeping Pads
- Sleeping Bags (Sizes: small, medium, large)
- Tents (Sizes: 2-person, 4-person)
- Metal Bowls
- Headlamps (includes batteries)
- 5 gallon Water Bottle (limited)
- 5 gallon Water Coolers (limited)
- Bear Cans (limited)
Q: I don’t know where to camp. Where should I start?
A: Great question! Texas’ vast geography means lots of great options for camping depending on the time of year, length of stay, and type of experience. The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) website has a lot of resources and interactive maps to help you make an informed decision.
Q: How can I make my camping experience safer and easier?
A: The Gear Lending Library can help to provide some of the equipment necessary for a safe and fun trip, but it is the responsibility of the borrower to think through all the facets of planning a safe trip. At minimum, participants should practice Leave No Trace, have access to the 10 Essentials, and have someone familiar with first aid. Our gear lending library and advice is not complete, but it can help you on your journey to the outdoors.
Q: How long can I borrow these supplies for?
A: This varies by the season and programming needs. Please reach out to email@example.com with more details and for more information.
Q: Are there any apps that might be useful?
Q: What if I don’t know how to properly use one/some of the supplies?
A: The Woods Project will help you identify the appropriate quantity and size of specific gear where possible (ex: backpacks), and we suggest that you research and talk to others experienced in the field for more information.
Q: If I have any confusion or questions how can I contact someone for help?
A: If you have any doubts don’t hesitate to contact us through our email firstname.lastname@example.org.