The Adventure of Your Lifetime

Outdoor Education Leadership Minor

If thoughts of cooking dinner by campfire or exploring scenic waterways make you want to step out into the great outdoors, think about how an outdoor education leadership minor could help prepare you for future success. In this program, you’ll acquire wilderness survival and stewardship abilities. Plus, you’ll go off the beaten path to develop teamwork, communication, risk management and responsible decision-making skills that translate well to the adventure of a lifetime: your career.

Why Choose Outdoor Education Leadership at SU?

Outdoor education leadership courses take your learning beyond the classroom. They help you gain a broad variety of practical skills in an atmosphere that combines discovery and adventure. One important and unique feature of our program is its focus on camp leadership. It includes strategies for designing programs, understanding and responding appropriately to the various developmental stages of children, and training and hiring camp staff. Core components of the program include stewardship of the environment and the development of adventure-based leadership skills.

In this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Equip yourself with essential skills for safely planning and leading outdoor excursions. Available courses include Adventure-Based Leadership, Camp Management and Leadership, Camping and Backpacking, Canoeing and Kayaking, Navigation, Outdoor Leadership Techniques, SCUBA Diving and Wilderness First Aid.
  • Engage the natural world in classes that facilitate a better understanding of and appreciation for the environment. Leave-no-trace ethics are taught and carefully observed as you learn simple and memorable techniques for stewardship.
  • Expand your aptitudes for self-reflection, interpersonal communication, peer leadership and crisis decision-making. These courses are specifically designed to push your comfort zones. Expect rigorous challenges, ranging from full-length research papers on leadership disasters to winter hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.

The minor in outdoor education leadership consists of a minimum of 19 credit hours. SU requires that at least 15 hours of work applied to the minor must consist of courses not used to satisfy General Education requirements and that at least nine of these hours must be credits earned at SU. A grade of C or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor.

Students must complete the following core courses:

  • ODEL 200 Foundations of Outdoor Education Leadership
  • ODEL 201 Wilderness First Aid
  • ODEL 370 Camp Leadership and Management
  • ODEL 371 Outdoor Leadership Techniques

Complete at least six credits from the following:

  • ODEL 209 Camping and Backpacking
  • ODEL 210 Scuba Diving
  • ODEL 220 Canoeing and Kayaking
  • ODEL 221 Wilderness Navigation
  • ODEL 472 High and Low Ropes Course Facilitation

Expand Your Horizons

Outdoor education classes offer practical preparation for a growing job market. Graduates of the program 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 and 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.

Students of the minor find themselves:

  • Cooking dinner by fire while watching the sun set over an Appalachian skyline.
  • Learning new techniques for scrambling up a rock wall.
  • Navigating with a compass and a topographical map.
  • Exploring the Eastern Shore’s scenic waterways from the seat of a kayak.
  • Developing real-world survival skills, including first-aid and emergency shelter-building.
  • Leading a large group of your peers in a dynamic and engaging adventure program of your own design.

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