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Adventure/Outdoor Model

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  1. Adventure/Outdoor Model “Many Youngsters desire alternative activities that provide excitement, challenge, and a degree of risk. They also prefer activities in which the emphasis is not on winning or losing but rather on facing the challenges of a natural environment” -Jim Stiehl

  2. Adventure Zen Diagram Physical Education Adventure & Outdoor Activities Counseling & Therapy Recreation Academics

  3. Why Adventure & Outdoor Is Important • Provides a Powerful Alternative to Conditions (Mostly Competitive Sports) That Lead to Feelings of Alienation and Powerlessness, Which Often result in Withdrawal and Rebellion • Antidote to Industrialized Society • Great Stress Management Time • Survival of the Spirit (Profound Beauty) • Offers an Abundance of Life’s Most Repeatable Pleasures

  4. Typical Skills Required of Outdoor Adventure Leaders • Technical Skills & Competency (Knot Tying, Orienteering, Climbing, Paddling); • Safety Skills (Inspecting Equip., Weather Interpretation, Wilderness First Aid); • Environmental Skills (Min. Impact Travel, Leave-No-Trace Principles); • Organizational Skills (Risk Management, Planning Routes, Securing Permits, Arranging Transportation & Equipment);

  5. Instructional Skills (Teaching Progressions, Analyzing Tasks, Delegating Responsibilities); • Facilitation Skills (Resolving Conflicts, Cultivating Trust); • Flexible Leadership Style (Employing a Democratic, Delegating, or Autocratic Style as Appropriate to Situation); • Professional Ethics (Moral Standards that Include a Positive Outdoor Ethic as Well as a Vision for Sustainable Environments)

  6. Other Essential Skills • Non-Technological Meteorology • Backcountry Medicine • Land Navigation • Knowledge of Plants & Trees (Edible or Poisonous) • Time Control Planning • Feet & Body Care Knowledge • Wildlife Knowledge (Demographics)

  7. Adventure Wave Adventure Activity Briefing Debriefing

  8. Types of Outdoor Activities • Hiking (Backpacking & Camping) • Orienteering • Mountain Biking • Kayaking (Canoeing) • Rock-Climbing • White-Water Paddling • Spelunking • Challenge Ropes Courses • Cross-Country Skiing • Winter Camping

  9. In-School Adventure/Outdoor Programs • Easily woven Into the Schools Curricular Fabric • Orienteering Linked w/ Reading & Geography • Rock Climbing Linked w/ Math & Earth Science (Indoor Rock Wall) • Camping Linked w/ Astronomy, Writing, & Cooking • Any Activity can be Linked w/ English (Journal Writing)

  10. Summer Adventure/Outdoor Programs • Can Train For and Prepare for a Big Adventure (Whatever It May Be) • Disassociation w/ Schooling (Kids Really Want to Be There)

  11. Foundations of an Outdoor Learning Environment • Preparation & “Practice by Prevention” • Support (school, parents, community) • Physical Safety • Psychological Safety • Challenge by Choice • Relevance • Videography & Presentation