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The author was a Graduate Assistant in the Recreaton Education curriculum, and was assigned as the "Faculty Advisor" to the Penn State Outing Club during the 1958-59 academic year. He was embedded with all facets of the program and became curious about the roots of the program, onlt to discover there were several generations of such a special interest dating back to the early 20th Century constituting four different club organizations. This thesis chronicles the highlights of these various programs. Participants of these various programs were located through University files and contributed directly through correspondence and old photographs. At the time this document was written, the Penn State Outing Club was the largest student special interest club on campus.More than 1,000 students were members. The special interest areas of the clubs (divisions) were: Rock Climbing, Skiing, Field and Stream, Ice Skating, and Cabin and Trail. An active 12-month program of more than 100 separate activities/functions was generated throughout the year and included activities in other Eastern states and in Canada.