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Outdoor Leadership Course

Essentials of Outdoor Leadership

2020 Essentials of Outdoor Leadership - Olympia

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

This leadership course aims to promote and produce activity leaders in Hiking, Scrambling, Climbing and Kayaking. The course will be run during three weekday evenings in late January  and will consist of lectures, group discussions, scenarios, readings and maybe even a test. This course is a required step toward activity and trip leadership with the Olympia Mountaineers.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

This course previously relied on "Outdoor Leadership" by John Graham as a text.  That book received criticism from participants who felt the messaging was dated and not inclusive, and so we've searched for other texts to guide the course.

The "AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership" by Alex Kosseff was reviewed, but also has some holes, and was last published in 2013.

Another book, "Leadership Educator Notebook" by NOLS, has been recommended but not yet reviewed.

So we will not require anyone to purchase and read a text for this course, though we do strongly believe that you will get more value from this course by reading one of the above texts prior to our first lecture.

Additionally, please consider some DEI self-study prior to these course, to better frame all of our conversations about leadership.  A whitepaper is available for download in the Course Materials and two webinars are linked below.

Part 1: What and why of JEDI

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1 (The What and Why of JEDI)

This webinar will help you articulate what you mean when you are talking about JEDI and why it is important to your organization. This webinar is hosted by the Partnership for the National Trail System, the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails.  This free webinar will start your organization on the trail to a more meaningful conversation about this important topic. 

Part 2: JEDI strategies for organizations

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 2 Strategies for Your Organization

The second installment of our webinar on JEDI issues about development of successful strategies for your organization.  You will leave the webinar with a map that can help you identify priorities for your organization and areas where you need more support.   
Course Materials