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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, though I have acquired NOLS' "Wilderness Guide."

None of these texts are perfect, 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 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion self-study prior to these course, to better frame all of our conversations about leadership.

Course Materials

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