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ERIC Number: ED377010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Running a Frosh Wilderness Orientation Program.
Curtis, Rick
Many colleges and secondary schools use wilderness orientation (WO) programs to integrate new students to the campus. This paper outlines basic issues and concerns in the planning and development of this type of program. Before starting a WO program, it is essential to develop a coherent set of goals. These include general program goals, personal growth goals, social skills goals, and goals related to the environment or campus and academic life. New programs frequently require the hiring of outside staff. Staffing issues include the roles of outside and on-campus staff, training needs of the two groups, establishing training priorities, and assessing the training needed for particular activities and equipment and for teaching students particular skills. Equipment needs should be based on a thorough safety management analysis covering activities, location, weather, and need for equipment resupply. Other equipment issues are the extent to which personal equipment provided by participants should be overseen, and whether to buy, rent, or swap equipment. Logistical planning of outdoor program trips requires a heavy emphasis on details. Points to consider include trip length, activities, locations, trip route (based on characteristics of route and participants), type of transportation, transportation costs, menu planning, food packing, participant check-in, departure and return, support in the field, and manager roles. Other program issues are participant screening, liability and insurance, risk assessment, funding, and cost estimates. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A