OL 273 : Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Transcript title

Outdoor Recreation Leadership



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OL 111, OL 263, OL 255.

Course Description

Provides group leadership theoretical and practical knowledge in an outdoor setting. Presents topics in lecture to be discussed in various leadership scenarios and applied in student planned and lead group outings. Emphasizes group safety issues and risk assessment/risk management.

Course learning outcomes

1. Provide a safe, educational group experience in the outdoors.
2. Show basic knowledge of outdoor leadership theory and practice.
3. Make educated decisions regarding outdoor conditions, environments, group safety, and risk management.
4. Plan extended group outings involving backcountry travel, including logistics such as trip itinerary with backup options, food planning, emergency plan.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of wilderness ethics with regards to group impact through how they lead their outings and plan their trips.

Content outline

  1. Competencies of an Outdoor Leader
  2. Foundations and Purpose of Adventure Programs
  3. Safety and Risk Skills
  4. Accident Analysis
  5. Programmatic Risk Management
  6. Risk Management Planning
  7. Legal Side of Risk Management
  8. Conditional Leadership
  9. Sound Judgement and Decision Making
  10. Ethics, Social Justice, and Gender in Outdoor Leadership
  11. The Paradigm of an Outdoor Leader

Required materials

Textbook is required.

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