Kevin Martin found himself in a conundrum last spring.
Needing tents and sleeping bags for a camping trip to Arrowrock Reservoir in early May, the junior communication major was hoping to avoid having to pay several hundred dollars on equipment at Cabela’s or Amazon for only one night.
It was then that a friend directed Martin towards the Outdoor Program.
“(The Outdoor Program) definitely helped me out a lot,” Martin said. “It was pretty easy to check everything out. I only had to spend a little over $50.”
Situated in the back of the Campus Recreation Center, the OP offers cheap equipment rentals to students.
From tents to kayaks, students can find a wide variety of equipment to suit their needs; all they need to do is stop by the rental shop between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
While some equipment, such as tents and rafts, have more specific check-out procedures, the process for renting most equipment is fairly simple, according to Rodo Leone, assistant director of the OP.
“Some specific equipment has some more specific details, more checking the equipment back in,” Leone said. “We want to make sure everything you’re bringing in is in good condition.”
Leone said the rental shop has certain guidelines for checking the equipment for damages. If equipment is damaged to the point that it can no longer be used, students will have to pay the full price to replace it.
Martin agrees that the OP was fair in checking the equipment for damage.
“They weren’t really going out of their way to try and find damage and charge me for it,” Martin said.
There is no limit on the amount of time students can rent equipment, but Leone suggests they look into buying their own equipment if they plan on renting it for longer than 20 days.
“If you are planning to take a backpack for more than 20 days, you will realize it’s better to buy your own backpack than just keep renting one from here,” Leone said. “I think we are serving people who don’t have equipment and are just going for some weekend outings.”
For more information, students can visit rec.boisestate.edu/rental-shop/.