We. Love. RC. Clubs. The whole point of having a great RC vehicle is not simply to have something you can drive around – it’s to have a community to drive your RC around with. RC groups are the lifeblood of the industry, which is why I was thrilled to interview Walter Codesido about his RC club from southern Colorado.
The Interview: SOCORCCrawlers
What is the name of your organization?
Southern Colorado Remote Control Crawlers. (SOCORCCrawlers) or (SOCO) for short
When did you guys start this?
We founded the club in May of 2012.
Tell me the story – why did you start this?
We started this club to bring all the remote control nerds from out of the basement with all of their cool toys and create a family oriented club that promotes our hobby, while helping the community in various charitable events. While getting a little exercise and fresh air at the same time.
What do you hope to accomplish by doing this?
Educating society that this is a safe way to bond with the whole family while getting out and enjoying our beautiful parks and open spaces, instead of sitting in front of the boob tube all day…
What are the benefits for people that are involved with this charity?
We started the wounded warrior crawler program to help our heroes readjust to family life, while bonding with their families. The health benefits are very high as well. Rehabilitation can be a boring and tedious process. With an average Sunday hike, we can cover as much as 2-3 miles and a thousand vertical feet. Kinda easy to wander around like you’re lost, looking for the ultimate line for your rig.
How can others get involved?
The best way to help out is contact us on our email address or come out to one of the crawls or events we sponsor a couple times a month (weather permitting).
How can they contact you if they have questions?
You can follow us on Facebook at SOCORCCrawlers or email at email@example.com
What is the hardest thing you have had to deal with in regards to the charity?
Organizing and creating a first time program such as this, and working out the details with the wounded warriors program director. Once we had a understanding of what they expected and needed in a program such as this,we hit the pavement looking for sponsors that believed in what we were trying to achieve. Asking for money from the public is the hardest part and the most time consuming, besides the logistics.
What is your favorite part about doing this charity?
Giving back to our heroes, for what they have sacrificed to protect our way of life and country. How could you ever say thank you enough? Oh and seeing the smiles on the faces of the little ones when they’re out playing with toy trucks with their parents. Good times.
If you had one piece of advice that you could give to anyone that wanted to get involved in RC – what would it be?
This is a great way to bond with your kids as a family while getting them out of the house. Let’s face it, with America expanding at the waist line from fast food and flat screen TV’s. We forgot how to hike around in the woods and enjoy Mother Nature.
Anything else that you want to share/tell us about?
We are a family oriented club of like minded folks. We have members from 3 years old to 60+ years young. We do weekly crawls, posted on our Facebook page and sponsor competitions every month as well as “toys for tots” events that we donate toys to every year. We are also planning an epic crawl that will land us in the Guinness book of world records as a club (sorry details for members only).
Give us a shout. We are planning a lot of fun events this year to promote our hobby. “We are a hiking club, with an RC problem”