Meet Amy Camp

Venture Outdoor’s trip leader and all around wonder woman. Amy is involved in multiple organizations inspiring everyone to get outside!

Which Trips are you leading this summer?

I recently assisted with the Tamale Ride along the Butler-Freeport Community Trail, and will soon be assisting with the Railroaders Lunch & Ride, Soul to Stream, and Soul to Soil. Both of the “soul” programs explore how faith communities engage in environmental stewardship, which I find to be fascinating.

Who is leading them with you?

I’ll be with Mary Lynn Marsico and Tom Wespy for the Railroaders Lunch & Ride. We did the Tamale Ride together, too, so we already know we make a good team!

What is your favorite summer activity?

I’ve been section hiking the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail with friends the last couple of summers (we’ll finish this year). Generally, though, I enjoy hiking, biking, and also just taking in summer more passively. My wife, Kathi (Membership & Volunteer Manager at Venture Outdoors), and I spend a lot of time porch sitting this time of year 🙂. 

What do you like about leading trips with Venture Outdoors?

I like introducing people to either a new activity or a new trail (sometimes both!) and seeing the increased confidence that people can experience by the end of the trip. Related to that, I’d love to see a “before” and “after” photo series of people playing outside. I’m pretty sure the joy would be evident in a lot of the “after” photos. Any photographers out there want to take that on?

What other organizations are you involved with?

I’m a member of the Women’s Business Network and recently finished board terms for American Trails and ICF Pittsburgh, the regional chapter of the International Coach Federation.

Amy with participants of a retreat she lead this summer for her company, Cycle Forward.

Any favorite trips you’ve lead before?

Years ago, I lead a bike ride along the Great Allegheny Passage between Connellsville and Ohiopyle, 34 miles round trip. What I remember most about it is that our group members ranged in age from 27 to 72 and gelled together so nicely. I was so struck by the fact that we people from their 20s into their 70s meeting each other for the first time bonded so easily and shared a great day on the trail.

What trip are you most excited for and why?

I’m excited for the Railroaders Lunch & Ride. It’s part of a series of outings Venture Outdoors is calling Venturing Through Southwest PA. The trips generally tie an outdoor activity with a cultural or heritage experience, and this one’s a great example of that. We’re going to ride the Armstrong Trail, visit historic sites, and have a themed lunch that’s representative of what a rail worker may have eaten while on the job. 

Why do you think it’s so important to get outside?

It’s important for so many reasons, and there’s a whole body of research that supports what we inherently know – that time outside in nature is good for us. We experience lowered blood pressure and stress levels, increased creativity, and higher energy levels. 

I personally feel more grounded and happier when I’m out there.

 

What is your favorite park in Pittsburgh, and a little bit about why?

Hands down, Frick Park is my favorite. I love the Falls Ravine Trail in particular. The ravine is such a gem; it’s hard to believe you’re in a city when there.

Any final thoughts about Venture Outdoors, and getting involved?

It’s a great organization that has helped so many people to experience the outdoors. I’m happy to play a part from time to time. 

Amy Camp owns Cycle Forward and offers nature-based coaching, programs, and consulting services.