The Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership Seminar


The Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership Seminar - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

This one day interactive workshop will introduce current and prospective leaders to the fundamental interpersonal leadership skills needed to lead successful outdoor trips.

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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 the fundamental skills that all outdoor leaders  need to  build and maintain relationships. 

By the end of the seminar, participants will leave with a clear understanding of themselves as leaders (how they lead, prefer to communicate, handle conflict, assess risk, make decisions) and have a game plan for how to lead others.

 The topics (listed below) will be presented through a mixture of lecture, activities, 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 and Behavior
  • Communication Skills and Setting expectation
  • Risk Assessment and Decision making
  • Conflict Resolution
Pre work (required)
The pre-work provided in preparation for this seminar, will form the foundation for the content and activities presented at the seminar. 
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

Required Equipment

Your completed pre-work

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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