I want to share a great source for developing your skills!
Outdoor leadership is different. What works at a Troop meeting or in the boardroom does not always translate well on a week-long backpacking or canoeing trip. Scouting offers great administrative training and valuable supplemental training in outdoor skills and safety. What we don’t have is a comprehensive training course in the group dynamics of long-term outdoor trips.
Author Alex Kosseff has assembled what I would call a college level course for leaders in the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Guide to Outdoor Leadership. It is notoriously difficult for most of us to find, let alone attend, a course in outdoor leadership; they are few and far between. Simply reading the AMC Guide is not a substitute for more experiential training, but it goes a long way towards developing some useful skills.
Listen to an interview I recorded with Alex as you get ready for this spring and summer’s high adventure challenges.
Communing with nature [0:20]
Interview with Alex Kosseff [10:10]