Outdoor Leaders are para-professional (sometimes professional) or hard core outdoor recreationalists. They lead groups in the outdoors on shorter, multi-day expeditions as a part of a controlled program. Examples may include scout groups, summer camps, church groups, and other similar activities.
What does the training program look like?
- Outdoor Leaders have taken a WEA Outdoor Leader training course. The curriculum for this was developed by the WEA Curriculum Committee and was taught to by a Certified Outdoor Educator. The course was about a week long.
- This is a certificate program, not a certification program.
What can I do with this certificate in my hand?
- Outdoor Leaders should feel comfortable taking people out on short multi-day trips in the outdoors as part of a controlled program, such as a summer camp, scout group, church camp, or other, similar program.
- Outdoor Leaders can also lead a WEA Enthusiast outreach seminar using WEA provided materials.
How am I assessed?
- Outdoor Leaders are assessed on a daily basis by the Certified Outdoor Educator that is running my course. Further, at the end of the program, they are given a formal assessment by the course instructor which details strengths and areas to improve.
- Because this is a certificate course, not a certification course, Outdoor Leaders don’t receive a formal certification.
What’s the next step in my professional development?
- Outdoor Leaders may be interested in becoming a Certified Outdoor Educator – if so, they can enroll in accredited Outdoor Educator training program.
- If they have sufficient outdoor and teaching experience, Outdoor Leaders can create an IROEL portfolio and be assessed by a CE without attending a Certified Outdoor Educator program, but this is rare.
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