It's That Time of Year


Update: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thank you to everyone who filled out the Harvard Recreation survey, and everyone who came to get a Camelbak. It was a fun two weeks for Recreation, and we're now leaning into the data and feedback we received to improve gym offerings. If you regularly use the gyms, especially Hemenway, you will start to see changes as soon as this week!

Some preliminary numbers:

  • Almost 1,900 members of the Harvard community answered our survey, with the undergraduate contingent representing 24% of the college. 
  • By the end of this week, Harvard Recreation will have given out 1,290 Camelbaks (which are all that we have).
  • We received over 700 written suggestions for events, general gym improvement, programming ideas, and more.  

As this semester (and the next) progresses, we will announce new programming, plans, and changes that Recreation will make in response to the survey. 







Time to head to the MAC for a Camelbak:

Harvard Recreation will be giving away 1,200 Camelbak water bottles on the MAC gym floor one week from now. We also have some surprise bottles this week--follow us on Instagram (@HarvardRec) for those details! It's all part of our Be Crimson campaign.


UPDATE: We've completed our giveaway, but there will be more in the future (sooner than you think)!

Time: 7:00AM—2:45PM
Date: Monday, September 18—Wednesday, September 20

Place: MAC gym floor


Q: How do you get a bottle?

A: Fill out a quick survey for Harvard Recreation, linked HERE. When you go to get your bottle, Rec staff will check your Harvard ID and confirm you’ve submitted your survey. Then the bottle is all yours!


Q: Why 1,200 bottles?

A: This is the first year that Harvard Recreation will be giving away Camelbaks like this. We wanted to strike a balance between too little and too many. If demand is radically higher than 1,200, that means we’ll plan for even more next time.


Q: Who can get the bottles?

A: Any Harvard student.


Q: Does filling out the survey reserve a bottle?

A: It does not. The survey is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for Camelbak receipt. The bottles will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, Recreation has placed a cap of giving away no more than 800 bottles on the first day. This ensures that those who don’t have the opportunity to get to the MAC on Monday have at least one more chance to get their bottle.


Q: Why the survey?

A: It helps us see what we can change, and what students want us to change. It’s an optimizer. Even if you don’t plan on picking up a Camelbak, but still use the gym, it’s good to fill out.


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