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"Let your walks now be a little more adventurous."
- Henry David Thoreau
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Outdoor education courses at Salisbury University take learning beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom to help students develop a broad variety of practical skills in an atmosphere that combines discovery and adventure. Core components of the program include stewardship of the environment and the development of adventure-based leadership skills. Experiential learning techniques are used and key objectives include:
Outdoor Education classes offer practical preparation for a growing job market. Graduates of the program will acquire skills that can be used in Camp leadership, National Park Services, and a variety of wilderness adventure and interpretive programs. Job-ready certifications include Canoeing & Kayaking, Wilderness First Aid, and SCUBA Diving. Internships are available upon request and can provide ideal preparation for prospective employers. An Outdoor Education minor is also an excellent complement for any major, as it offers an alternative approach for developing valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, risk management, and responsible decision making.
One important and unique feature of Salisbury University’s Outdoor Education program is its focus on Camp leadership. Few Outdoor Education programs really focus on this subject area, which includes strategies for designing programs, understanding and responding appropriately to the various developmental stages of children, and training and hiring camp staff.