"On the second day, Don introduced us to rock climbing. He gave us three rules for a successful ascent: '1. Watch your feet. 2. Don’t use all your strength on one move. 3. Don’t climb anything you can’t descend.' While I’m sure I didn’t have the energy or the will to reflect on Don’s three points, sometime later I realized they work for most of life." - Bob England, Outward Bound alumni
The aim of this course is to offer educators a chance to re-examine attitudes and approaches around education, improve self-esteem and network with other teaching professionals. Learn how the experiential nature of the Outward Bound curriculum provides opportunities to illuminate beliefs and attitudes toward trust, commitment, communication, roles and appropriate risk taking. Practice developing metaphors and processing adventure-based experiences in a way that transfers self-confidence, compassion and personal growth back to your professional life and classroom. Learn Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding and how to use an ice axe. Finally, backpack up through the alpine environment and attempt a peak ascent. Graduate credit is available through Western State Colorado University.
This course is closed for the season. 2019 courses coming soon.
The goal of Outward Bound Educator expeditions is to help teachers, administrators, and outdoor facilitators understand how experiential education relates to their own programs and help them identify the most effective means of transference for student learning. These courses give participants a chance to learn new skills, share different perspectives, and connect with other educators.
This expedition is an inspiring experience designed to help participants explore experiential education models, learn teaching strategies from their peers, and to reinvigorate their classroom teaching strategies – all while discovering and renewing their sense of self. In the mountains, students travel with a backpack that contains everything they need to live comfortably. As no prior experience is necessary, instructors teach students how to do everything they need to do, including cooking, setting up tarp shelters and navigating. Students can expect to travel on and off trail as they wind their way through the mountains.
As they gain the know-how to travel effectively as a group through the mountains and cliffs, students explore and learn about their surroundings: their beauty and their risks; their needs and their possibilities; and how these activities and areas can be wound together to form the ultimate experiential classroom. After spending time becoming more comfortable with the outdoor classroom and educational techniques, the crew plans and design activities to take back to their classrooms.
Successful completion of the course demands tenacity, leadership and compassion. Students leave course with newfound strength that can help them through everyday situations, a freshly inspired educator’s voice and stronger leadership ability.
Outward Bound courses vary in length from 4 to 85 days. On shorter courses, participants will receive an intro to leadership skills, strength of character and a desire to serve. With longer courses, the same outcomes and benefits are achieved with the ability to reach a more profound level of mastery as there are more opportunities develop technical skills, receive and implement feedback and further personal development.
The Rocky Mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. These legendary peaks have had a profound influence on the development of the continental United States. This course takes place in the historic Elk Range where the first Outward Bound basecamp in the United States opened in 1961 above the tiny mining town of Marble, Colorado.
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