Outdoor education has long been recognized as a uniquely powerful way to teach leadership skills. While the Boy Scouts of America are probably the oldest example in the United States, the turning point came in 1965 when Paul Petzoldt, an accomplished mountaineer and veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, founded the National Outdoor Leadership School. Nowadays, in addition to regular student courses, NOLS runs courses for NASA astronauts, Naval Academy cadets, Google, Wharton, and other major institutions that take leadership training very, very seriously.
The secret, if it can be called that, is that genuine experiences—complete with genuine risk—forge skills, hard and soft, unlike anything else. Outdoor education teaches risk management, communication, and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, to make just a short list. Ultimately, it teaches self-reliance and team-reliance, skills that are difficult to learn in our hyper-comfortable modern world. Students typically learn that they are capable of more than they imagined.
Join Recreation for one or all Outdoor trips this Fall:
Rock Climbing Trip - October 20, 2018
Mountain Climbing Trip - November 10th
Ice Climbing Trip - December 1st