ERIC Number: ED443650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Administrative Practices of Accredited Adventure Programs.
Gass, Michael, Ed.
In response to the growth and diversification of adventure programming, the Association for Experiential Education developed an accreditation process that addresses both the fluid nature of adventure programming and the need for specificity in standards. This book describes exemplary administrative practices and policies of accredited adventure programs. Chapter 1 addresses philosophical, educational, and ethical concerns, including mission statements, program principles, environmental ethics, leave-no-trace practices, and access for clients with disabilities. Chapter 2 examines risk management planning and related employee training. Areas covered include health risk assessment, emergency situations, liability, transportation, licenses and permits, and accident guidelines. Sample forms include incident and accident reports; missing/damaged equipment report; leader evaluations of students, biking trips, and leadership training; and hiking route plans. Chapters 3-4 cover staffing certifications and requirements, employment policies and procedures, personnel policies and procedures, and transportation policies. Chapters 5-6 describe technical skills needed by leaders and recommended instructional strategies for various land and water activities: hiking, ropes/challenge courses and problem-solving exercises, orienteering, biking, climbing and rappelling, caving, river crossing, mountaineering, solos, canoeing, and kayaking. The final chapters address service projects, international travel, technology in the wilderness, and third-party contractor agreements. (SV)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Administrative Policy, Administrative Principles, Adventure Education, Camping, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Leadership, Personnel Management, Planning, Program Administration, Risk Management, Safety, Skill Development, Standards
Pearson Custom Publishing, Tel: 877-587-4666 (Toll free) (AEE members $55.00, nonmembers $80.00).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.
Note: Published by Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing, Needham Heights, MA.