The Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership Seminar


The Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership Seminar - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

This completely updated one day interactive seminar will introduce current and prospective leaders to the fundamental leadership skills needed to lead successful outdoor trips, regardless of the type of activity.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Venue: The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Cascade A & B

Time: 8am-4pm. Registration will open at 8am.  Seminar starts at 8:30am

Lunch and light refreshments  are included in the seminar cost.   Please be sure to eat breakfast before the seminar starts and notify the Primary Leader listed of any food allergies or restrictions.


This seminar is not activity specific but rather focus on fundamental outdoor leadership skills. By the end of the seminar, participants would have gained critical outdoor leadership skills that modern outdoor leaders need  to lead successful activities.

The topics (listed below) will be presented through a mixture of lecture, role plays, and group discussions.  There is no better way to master a skill, than to practice the skill, so come prepared to practice and engage.

We'll cover the following topics:
  • Leadership Styles
  • Group Decision Making
  • Diversity in the Outdoors
  • Group Dynamics and Expedition Behavior
  • Communication Skills, Feedback and Setting Expectations
  • Conflict Management Techniques
  • Crisis Management Best Practices
  • Adult Instructional Skills
  • Leader Self-Care
Recommended reading
This seminar combine content from multiple sources.  The majority of which are found in AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership. Alex Kosseff, 2nd Edition.  Although not a requirement for this seminar, it is highly recommended.



participants will earn:


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

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Adults come with experience!  We are excited to learn from you, so remember to bring your experience, along with an open mind and willingness to engage.

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