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ERIC Number: ED308995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Adventure after 60: Working with Elders in the Outdoors.
Sugerman, Deborah A.
Wilderness Adventure, an Elderhostel course sponsored by Unity College in Maine, gives people over 60 the challenge of living and traveling in a remote wilderness environment. Each course consists of four days of canoeing and a day of rappelling in northern Maine. The program attempts to provide older adults with a personal growth experience via wilderness challenges, group initiatives, group discussions, journal writing, and rappelling. Other program goals include (1) teaching participants the outdoor skills necessary for safe functioning in a wilderness setting; (2) increasing participants' environmental awareness and respect and knowledge about Maine's natural environment and history; (3) teaching group cooperation and the process of open communication within the group; and (4) involving participants in the decision making process. This document describes the five days of the course in detail, with participants' comments. It discusses administrative aspects of the program, including (1) provision of a detailed account of the course's rigors to prospective participants; (2) importance of comprehensive participant medical forms; (3) safety; (4) evacuation procedures; and (5) the role and training of group leaders. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A