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Outdoor Leadership Emphasis
Participate in 135 hours of training or practical experience in outdoor leading (or 9 class credits) or a combination of both credits and training/experience. Each class credit = 15 hours in this category.
Training should be spread across the following competencies to lead toward toward a broad experience:
- Foundations of outdoor leadership. Discover why getting people outdoors is important.
- Self awareness. Be able to explain why you do what you do.
- Decision making and judgement. Practice the skills to make decisions and see the outcomes in a safe, and professional manner.
- Teaching and leading. Gain experience teaching and leading.
- Environmental stewardship. Explore stewardship techniques that respect the natural environment.
- Program management. Practice planning and organizing lessons and trips.
- Safety and risk management. Gain appropriate first aid certifications and be able to apply them in outdoor settings. Practice preventative risk management strategies.
- Technical skills. Strengthen your technical outdoor skills.
- Sustainability. Explore the intersection of social, economic, and environmental aspects of decision making.
Approved Course for Credit:
- Ened 3309/3310 Outdoor Leadership (3 cr)
- Outdoor Program Fall Staff Training
- Outdoor Program Winter Staff Training
- Trip and/or program leading where you are the primary or co-leader (counts as 8 hours per full day of travel).