Hi, folks. Cycle Forward is a long-held dream that combines my passions for building community, time spent outdoors, and helping people to become the best version of themselves.
I got my start in trails by way of community development. I was a senior at Saint Vincent College when I realized I wanted to help improve communities, so I went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. I spent the next six years on Pittsburgh’s South Side, marketing the East Carson Street National Historic District. There, I started the South Side Soup Contest and engaged other Pittsburgh neighborhoods in a heritage tourism collaboration meant to introduce visitors to some of Pittsburgh’s most interesting places.
This led me to my next opportunity in marketing places. In 2007, I helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® and later managed that program. I led two Great Allegheny Passage economic impact studies, an annual trail count program, the program’s marketing efforts, and a number of on-the-ground improvement projects. All the while, I kept seeking out opportunities to coach and mentor interns, seasonal employees, and trail-serving businesses.
It was in 2012 while working with a mentoring agency that I was introduced to the field of coaching (you know, as in “life coach” or “executive coach”). Shortly thereafter, in 2013, I went on to establish my own practice, which blends my trails and tourism consulting and nature-based personal coaching.
Where I’m Headed
Cycle Forward bridges my interests in helping both people and the communities they inhabit to evolve. I had always considered Cycle Forward as having “two sides” to it – consulting and coaching. But in my fifth year of business, celebrated in 2018, I had a realization. It occurred to me that my consuting and coaching work are not as separate as I’d thought. My coaching has evolved to focus on fostering group experiences and learning environments more so than one-on-one sessions. I do this by providing nature-based retreats and workshops that offer a sense of community and deep connection among participants. The intent is to foster these connections while addressing topics that matter most to people. (See my calendar page for examples.) What I just described involves retreating to nature for an experience, my role being to set the stage for and to facilitate that experience. Here lies the connection to my consulting work…encouraging and fostering experiences related to trails and tourism to the benefit of trail communities.
So where is Cycle Forward heading? More retreats and workshops. Deeper connections. Consulting engagements that contribute to vibrant communities. Work that enriches both me and those with whom I collaborate. Thanks for taking the time to read!
-Amy Camp, Owner, Cycle Forward
Amy Camp, owner of Cycle Forward, is a trails and tourism consultant, a placemaker, and an ICF-certified professional coach. She helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007, and now consults communities on how they can rethink trails and tourism.
She has consulted and led workshops throughout Appalachia, the Rust Belt, and other locations in the U.S. and Canada. Her clients have included the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Project for Public Spaces, UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism. Amy is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach
Federation and uses her coaching skills both in her consulting engagements and in facilitating nature-based retreats and workshops. She served on the Board of American Trails from 2012-17, acting as Board Secretary and Chair of the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program. She currently serves on the Board of ICF Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she first grew to love communities and began her work to help improve them.