Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

DEI-focused merit badge: The Boy Scouts of America announced that a newly created Diversity Merit Badge will be required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. [The New York Times]

Black Folks Camp Too: A new startup is on a mission to break down racial lines in the outdoors. [Backpacker]

Emerald’s new plan: Outdoor Retailer’s parent company has released a Preparedness, Prevention, and Response Plan for reopening live events safely. [Business Wire]

Outdoor industry grad degree: A new graduate program launching in 2021 at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to train professionals for the outdoor recreation economy. [CU Boulder Today]

Sweeping outdoor legislation: Representative Joseph Neguse of Colorado has introduced a new bill to invest heavily in wildlife preservation, outdoor recreation, and public lands restoration. [Insurance News Net]

New leadership at Outdoor Gear Builders: The North Carolina-based nonprofit has appointed Andy Williamson as its new executive director.

Damage at Yellowstone: Two visitors who walked off a path inside the national park damaged an environmentally sensitive thermal area and landed themselves in jail for two days. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

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Pair of shoes in The North Face x Gucci collection

Industry Buzz: Gucci x The North Face release collab details, carbon emissions in decline, celebrating one of the first female Eagle Scouts, an argument for the necessity of sales reps

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face x Gucci collab: The two brands have revealed details about their new joint collection, inspired by '70s-era style. [HypeBeast] The future of carbon emissions: After a century of rising atmospheric carbon more


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and Columbia vs. Trump, Dakine relocates, OIA board election, remembering Sally Shankland

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia and Columbia take on Trump: The two brands have teamed up to support a lawsuit challenging the White House’s assault on environmental protection. [Outside Online] Dakine makes hard choices: The brand is closing more

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Industry Buzz: Danish design, Emerald slumps, OIA Capitol Summit, Protecting America's Wilderness Act

Here are today's top headlines: Danish innovation: Architect Bjarke Ingels has designed an enormous, whimsical, completely unique synthetic ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. [Outside Online] New record: With the help of groups like the North Carolina Outdoor more


Industry Buzz: In Solidarity Project grants, virtual Tour de France, L.L.Bean opens new locations, woman hospitalized in Yellowstone

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Grants for marginalized communities: In Solidarity Project, the organization that oversees the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, has announced a grant program to support underrepresented and underserved people in the outdoors. more

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Industry Buzz: Squaw Valley changes name, Hipcamp buys competitor, 330-mile hike, cashing in on #VanLife, gear shortages

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Squaw Valley to change name: The California ski resort will rebrand in response to renewed focus on insensitive language in the outdoor industry. [The Inertia] Hipcamp completes acquisition: The San Francisco-based startup more

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Industry Buzz: Anti-racism in the industry, MEC layoffs, new adventure travel data, BACKPACKER video series, tariff exclusions

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Building anti-racism in the outdoors: Transforming the industry will require immediate, deliberate, and sustained action. [Outside Online] MEC in trouble: The Canadian retailer announced more layoffs as a direct result of more

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Industry Buzz: The North Face hacked, Sun Valley named best North American resort, new Emerald CEO, Adidas adds to leadership team, National Park Service sued for $270M

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face hacked: A cyberattack on The North Face has exposed customers’ names, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers to hackers. [IT World Canada] Sun Valley snags major award: SKI magazine has named Sun Valley more


Industry Buzz: Trek steps up, national park police, new outdoor jobs, public land revenues, a beloved gear maker

Trek pledges action: To promote racial equity in the industry, the cycling company has promised to create 1,000 new jobs for people of color, build bike shops in underserved neighborhoods, establish a seven-figure community investment fund, and more. [Bicycle Retailer] National more

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Industry Buzz: Mark Satkiewicz Memorial Fund, new outdoor holiday, VF awards $7.3M, Mountain Gazette returns, Saddleback reopens

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Mark Satkiewicz Memorial Fund: After the passing of our colleague Mark Satkiewicz last weekend, a fund has been created in his name to provide gear and resources to Steamboat Springs youth. Celebrate the newest outdoor more