Faced with the tough job market of the early 2000s, Tad Davis decided to maximize his employability by pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education at Johnson State College. (His first degree was in business management and economics.) JSC had an excellent reputation and he was thrilled to discover that the OER program offered him the chance to do the things that he loves, such as hiking and rock climbing, while learning teaching and leadership skills.
The experiences he gained in the Outdoor Ed program were, to say the least, various. “I canoe camped at Green River Reservoir with Karen Uhlendorf, Mark Puleio taught me to ice climb, and I got to winter camp with Brad Moskowitz in the Presidential Range. I gained leadership experience as a dog sled musher with Green Mountain Dog Sledding Adventures. I also interned as a group leader for Trailmark, Inc. This teen adventure tour company was based out of Nyack, NY, but ran two-week-long overnight camps throughout New England, offering hiking, biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and more.”
After graduating Tad continued to work at a local outdoor adventure sporting goods store, eventually becoming the bicycle shop manager. He soon also began to take local kids on guided mountain bike group rides for the Stowe Mountain Bike Club. These group rides quickly grew into a small business that he founded, LET’S GET OUTDOORS, LLC. “Through LET’S GET OUTDOORS I offer regularly scheduled backcountry ski tours, skateboarding, and road biking for children, as well as mountain biking. I also offer private guiding for adults, families, or kids. I love what I do and it has become possible, in part, because of my time at Johnson State College.”