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ERIC Number: ED353114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Training College Outdoor Program Leaders.
Curtis, Rick
This paper describes a training program for college outdoor program leaders developed by the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University (New Jersey). The training program includes a leader training course, a safety management seminar, a wilderness first aid course, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and group skills workshop. This paper describes in detail the leader training course (LTC), which trains new leaders through a wilderness educational experience. The LTC is divided into three sections: pretrip; trip; and posttrip. The course is constructed so that each participant is responsible for teaching certain skills to the rest of the group. After each teaching session, feedback is given to the person teaching. Groups meet 5 weeks prior to the trip in order to begin pretrip planning. A chart detailing pretrip and trip sessions is included. Two accident simulations and a lost-person simulation are performed on the trip to teach participants technical and emotional leadership skills required in such situations. Appropriate walkouts by the guides on the last day of the trip give the trainees the experience of being completely in charge of a trip. Daily debriefing is done to check on how the day went, how people are feeling, and what they have learned. Participants evaluate themselves and leaders give both verbal and written evaluations concerning the participants' performances. Recommendations for improvement are provided. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A