Start a DIY club in your neighborhood
Clubs are the most do-it-yourself part of the DIY platform. They're just friends, families, or neighbors getting together regularly to practice skills, build epic projects and take adventures. If you want to start a DIY club, there's nothing stopping you – go for it! We made a simple handbook compiled with the input of other club leaders. Once you get started, be sure to register your club using the form below.
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2. Plan Your First Adventure
PDX DIY in Portland, Oregon had their first meeting at a local bike shop. They put the call out to DIYers in Portland for the chance to get the Bike Mechanic Skill. They meet at a different spot in their community that focuses on the type of Skills their club is into. Each time they meet more and more DIYers from the community come out to join them.
Every Club should plan an adventure for its first meetup. The goal is to share a unique experience or challenge to bond the group and set a high bar for what the Club strives to do together.
Adventures are a simple combination of trying new Skills in an extraordinary place. DIYers can become bike mechanics at bike shops, ahletes at climbing gyms, foresters at lumber mills, anglers at rivers, astronomers at observatories, backyard farmers at community gardens, and campers at regional parks. Whenever possible plan ahead and arrange to have experts at each place teach your Club some skills. For example, someone at a bike shop might teach you how to build a wheel from scratch.
As the Club Leader you’ll likely shoulder a bulk of the planning for the first adventure. But all of that hard work will impress others and they'll probably volunteer to help you with future adventures and meetings. Don't wait for them to speak up, also ask your friends and neighbors.
4. Meet Regularly
This is an important one! A great club works together to get new skills, and to do that they have to meet regularly. Talk with your club about the types of skills they’d like to practice and make a schedule to get it done. You’ll need to plan how often and where your Club will meet. Weekly is ideal; Once a month is the minimum.
These challenges make for good group activities:
The Club Leader Handbook is the best guide for all aspiring and active Club Leaders. We also compiled some useful resources for your convenience:
Maybe you want to make a website for your club, or flyer to post around school? This zip file contains graphics and documents you might need to make them, including DIY logos, screenshots, and artwork for every skill patch.Download (10mb)