Welcome to CW HOG!

About CW HOG

The Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group, otherwise known as CW HOG, is a regional self-help group that was formed in 1981 to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities. Dedication from our many volunteers keeps CW HOG alive.

CW HOG has established four goals:

1. Provide challenging outdoor adventure activities in a supportive environment.
2. Establish a supportive social network for people with and without disabilities.
3. Further societal integration by building ties between individuals with disabilities and other community members.
4. Educate the community to accept and value people with disabilities.

Anyone can become a "HOG". Our participants include individuals of all abilities and ages. From within the security of this supportive peer group, our participants can redefine their physical and emotional boundaries. Our volunteers and participants frequently gain more from their experiences with us than they could ever imagine. Please browse the other pages on this site to learn more about our amazing program.

If you are interested in investing in CW HOG or serving as an intern, please email Bob Ellis.

Fall Activity Calendar

Check out our activity calendar for some fun and adventurous activities. There's something for all levels of ability, skill and fitness.
Click here (.pdf file) or click on the Calendar button above in the navigation bar above.

CW HOG Events


Our trips are based upon the "Cooperative Adventure" principle. There are no paid guides. All participants share in the planning, decision making, expense, and execution of the adventure. Not only does this make the trip more affordable, it enhances the richness of the experience by involving everyone. All members of the group need to work together to make the trip fun and safe. Some of the activities we participate in are: whitewater rafting, water skiing, snow skiing, bowling, hot spring soaks, hay rides, and getting together for a social dinner. The online calendar provides a schedule of upcoming activities; details about activities are also posted in the OAC office.

Kid's Camp

We offer an adventurous summer session of Kid's Camp. The session consists of a week of day camps culminating with an overnight campout and a rafting trip down the Alpine stretch of the Snake River. Children will have the opportunity to experience the outdoors by participating in activities such as: horseback riding, water-skiing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and scuba diving. Each day begins at 9:00 am in the CW HOG office on the Idaho State University campus. CW HOG staff, adult volunteers, and parents will assist the campers throughout the day. Parents can expect their camper to be exhausted from fun by 5:00 pm.

Kid's Camp is designed for children ages 7-14. To ensure sufficient supervision, enrollment is limited. Please send in your registration as soon as possible.

The cost for a Kid's Camp session is $250. This includes activities, lunch, transportation, equipment, and staff. Click here (.pdf file) 2011 Kids Camp registration form.

For more information contact the CW HOG office at (208) 282-3912.

CW HOG Fundraising

Without the support of community members and businesses, outdoor recreation would remain out of reach for people with disabilities. You may invest in CW HOG by participating in local fund raisers, purchasing adaptive equipment, contributing to the endowment fund, or providing scholarships to participants.

Your Generosity Goes a Long Way

Your support of the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) will be used for adaptive equipment, participant financial aid, and (or) operational costs. Contributions will also support the CW HOG Endowment Fund with a goal to make the program self-sustaining. Click here for a donation form. We thank you for your support in helping others enjoy the wonders of the outdoors.

Participating in the following local fundraisers are a great way to help CW HOG and have fun:

Pig Out BBQ

The Pigout is the largest and most successful fundraiser for the HOG's. Since 1981, it has grown to feed over 1,200 community supporters yearly. The menu of roast pork, baked potatoes, corn, vegetarian dutch oven dishes, and salads is always a huge crowd pleaser. We book several popular local bands that play until everyone is all danced out.

This year's Pig Out:
September 14, 2013
Ross Park

Warren Miller Film & Ski Swap

CW HOG celebrates the upcoming winter with the Warren Miller Film and the Ski Swap. We recieve exclusive rights to show the amazing Warren Miller film here at Idaho State University's Bengal Theater. The Ski Swap is a huge, three day market for public and private groups to sell and buy gear for the new snow. Don't miss the show Saturday, November 5th at 1 p.m. matinee; 7 and 9:30 p.m.

ISU CW HOG Claude Larsen Memorial Golf Tournament

The CW HOG Golf Tournament was started by David Kriner (who is an avid golfer), in 2003. The Tournament also includes a poker run, a raffle for fantastic prizes, and a delicious steak dinner.

7 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013

Download Registration Form (.pdf)

CW HOG Classes

We teach classes for people with disabilities, and classes for people who want to teach adaptive classes, through the Sport Science and Physical Education department. For a schedule of adaptive classes being offered, see ISU's Spring 2011 Class Schedule.

Class Listings

PEAC 1101 - Adaptive Snow Skiing

Students receive personal lessons from trained instructors for six weeks at Pebble Creek Ski Area. Students of all abilities can progress at their own rate from beginner to advanced skier. Adaptive equipment is provided.

PEAC 1103 - Adaptive Swimming

Students of all abilities can increase aquatic comfort level in this personally designed fitness class. Focus will be on building endurance and muscular strength along with maximizing flexibility creating a lifetime aerobic interest.

PEAC 1104 - Adaptive Weight Training

An individually designed program for all ability levels in basic weight training techniques. Objectives include learning exercise styles, muscle groups, cardiovascular routine, stretching, total body toning and building.

PEAC 1108 - Instructor Training for Adaptive Skiing

Learn techniques to instruct skiing to people with disabilities. Field experience with adaptive equipment and nationally recognized teaching methods will prepare the instructor to teach a skier for six weeks.

PEAC 1109 - Instructor Training for Adaptive Sports

Field experience instructing students of various abilities in developing a personal weight training and/or swimming fitness program. Learn teaching methods, adapting exercises and student characteristics.

PEAC 2200 - Team Building Leadership

This class will follow a challenge courses facilitator training work shop style. All students will have the necessary skills needed to facilitate large and small team building groups by class end. This will include both high and low initiatives.


How to HelpEndowment Funds

Here's how you can Help...

Cash donation:

A cash donation, however small, is gratefully accepted, and you can be sure it will go a long way. Donations are fully tax deductible. If desired, you can designate your donation to go to one of the endowment funds listed below or we will use it where it is needed the most.

Donations of Books, Magazines, Equipment...

We are always looking for books, magazines, maps and videos to help build up the Outdoor Resource Library, and outdoor equipment also comes in handy. We can provide a tax credit for the value of the items that you donate.

Send donations to:

ISU Outdoor Adventure Center
Box 8128
Pocatello, ID 83209

Endowment Funds

We have established three endowment funds. In each case, the principle of the endowment fund is put towards safe, conservative investments and only the interest is used. That way your donation continues to provide benefits well into the future. All funds are carefully managed by the ISU Foundation. If desired, you may request that your donation go to one of the following or we will use it where it is needed the most.

ISU Outdoor Program Fund

This our main endowment fund which helps fund activities and programs.

Bill Francis Memorial Endowment Fund

This endowment fund was established in memory of Bill Francis. On odd years, a grant from the fund is given to CW HOG for outdoor activities for people with disabilities; on even years, the money is given to the Outdoor Adventure Center for scholarships, internships, and other important projects.

Claude Larsen Memorial Endowment Fund

CW HOG Endowment Fund

This is CW HOG's main endowment fund and is used towards projects and programs for people with disabilities.

Marilyn Smith Memorial Endowment

Marilyn Smith was one of the founding members of CW HOG and an important force in shaping the program through the years. Marilyn Smith's son and daughter, Dan and Debi, have started the Marilyn Smith Memorial Endowment. This Endowment will be used to fund programs, projects, and activities of CW HOG. All gifts are acknowledged to Marilyn's family.

Starting a New Endowment Fund...

We always welcome ideas about creating new endowment funds. New funds can be created for a specific purpose or to honor a friend or a member of the family who has passed away. In order to have sufficient principle to get the endowment off the ground, a $5,000 minimum is required.