Get ‘out there’ and support stores that give back

Photo by John Todd Kane for Honeygrow

Photo by John Todd Kane for Honeygrow

Camping Supply That Cares

by Grid Staff

Hidden River Outfitters

This family owned Philadelphia outdoor company in Center City is for those of you who like your camping wet—as in, the middle of the river wet. Multiday and weekly kayak rentals are available if you know you’re heading to a site where you’ll be able to paddle, but aren’t ready to commit to your own gear. (We know you’ve already got your bike hung up in the living room, so it’s understandable that there isn’t room for a boat.) In addition to renting kayaks for your camping trip, you can also take one of their kayak tours to get a look at the city from a different perspective: The company is committed to connecting Philadelphia to its waterways and getting people outside, no matter their experience level.

Out There Outfitters

The whole family will find camping supplies and clothing at this Wayne, Pennsylvania, store whose motto is, “If you’re going out there, get in here!” Since 2008, it’s been outfitting people for casual camping and more serious treks. If you have gently used equipment that you no longer need, the store keeps a recycle bin so that it can be redistributed to folks who need a little help getting their gear together, and Out There Outfitters regularly partners with national and local environmental organizations. The company has helped plant 150 trees at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center and raised funds for local land trusts, and it supports many local scholastic fundraisers. 

Trail Creek Outfitters

In addition to being a one-stop for getting you geared up for your big outing, Trail Creek Outfitters in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, prides itself on building community. This year, it celebrated 10 years of partnering with the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and it works to obtain grant money from big national brands to help support local conservation causes. The company also organizes five trail runs yearly that raise money for environmental advocacy. That’s all in addition to the money it donates to causes ranging from animal rights to empowering disabled individuals who want to get outdoors to supporting at-risk youth.