The Outdoor Leadership program is a course of study leading to a minor that will offer the student broad exposure to outdoor field activities. The student will be required to take instructional courses in outdoor leadership theory, participate in skill courses, apply field experiences to faith lessons, and manage recreational programs. The minor is a beneficial supplement to majors that would be enhanced by field experiences in the outdoors. The program is beneficial for students with a vocational interest in the areas of residential camp programs, administration of outdoor programs in church and community, and nonresidential outdoor experiences.
The foundational goals for those in the Outdoor Leadership minor are as follows:
- Students pursue a course of study that develops a biblical leadership ethic, introduction and mastery of basic outdoor competency skills, application of field experiences to spiritual growth, and careful management of equipment, financial, medical, and relationship resources.
- Students seek to develop competencies in one or more of three skill areas: mountaineering, water adventures, and urban treks.
- Students design, implement, manage, and evaluate an internship experience in Outdoor Leadership with honors recognition.
- Faculty are actively involved in the program as instructors with a commitment to leadership training, skill acquisition, and spiritual applications.
The Outdoor Leadership minor requires 18 hours of course work. Preparation for outdoor programs with OUL 101, 201, 203, 206 and 405 completes the general integration training (12 hrs) for the minor program. An internship course with honors designation may be incorporated into this program for students with special interests or program opportunities. The skills courses offer a wide variety of elective options for individual training for professional certifications.