ERIC Number: ED377015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Training College Wilderness Leaders.
College outdoor program leaders are often paraprofessionals, who may have less training than professional outdoor educators, yet must deal with the same types of problems on the trail. This paper describes the Outdoor Action (OA) Program at Princeton University, and outlines the training assessment and development model used to train OA program leaders. OA operates a number of wilderness programs, including a 6-day orientation for incoming students and day and multiday trips during the academic year. The model provides a checklist of questions to be considered in assessing the requirements of outdoor activities, brainstorming training possibilities, and assembling the training elements into a program. The OA Leader Training Program aims to develop leadership skills and to generate new staff, and has 80-100 student participants each year. While many students do not complete all training segments, all prospective staff must complete and be evaluated on all aspects of training, and are generally paired with experienced staff for an additional "apprenticeship." An outline of OA leader training course guidelines describes training philosophy, goals, teaching methods, pretrip and outdoor classes, simulations of emergency procedures, policies for final-day "walkouts" by the leader trainers, debriefing, and posttrip evaluations. Also outlined are the content and specific concepts taught in wilderness first aid and CPR training, a safety and risk management workshop, group dynamics and facilitation skills workshops, and recertification and ongoing training. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A