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Earlham College
Outdoor Education Office:
Dennis 212

Outdoor Trip Leadership

Outdoor Trip Leadership features a week-long field training over Spring Break (mandatory for those interested in leading Earlham Outdoor Education trips such as August Wilderness and AWPE courses). Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate key knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be a successful outdoor educator as they plan and lead either a canoeing or backpacking trip (course type varies). 


Course Description:

Outdoor Trip Leadership – EDUC/AWPE 221-0

Outdoor Trip Leadership (OTL) is a first seven-week course that culminates in a week-long, student-led field trip over Spring Break. There are mandatory weekly seminar-style classes on Fridays and supplementary evening/weekend technical skill development workshops. OTL is a recognized course for the Integrated Pathways in Outdoor Education, Education, Leadership, Peace Corps Prep and Sports Management. It is an essential course for those students wanting to lead field programs such as August Wilderness and AWPE Courses. It is also relevant to anyone interested in group facilitation and/or field-based project work. Topics covered include trip planning and preparation, outdoor living and travel skills, risk management, leadership styles, curriculum development and teaching methods.

Course fee: $150.  IMPORTANT: First class meeting: Time and date TBD, Spring break backpacking trip to Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness NC/TN. Only students registered on Self-Service AND present at the first class will be enrolled.  Due to limited enrollment, there will be no refunds after the pre-trip meeting.  Over-enrolled courses are registered by lottery.


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Richmond, Indiana
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