Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Guide Essentials prepares students to lead outdoor excursions for a variety of outdoor recreation activities and events. The courses provide the student with the skills he/she needs to be successful working for an outfitter, adventure camp, national, state or local Parks, or other recreational venue. This program is an add-on stackable credential that complements and builds on an individual’s previous education and work experience, enhancing their skill set.
- Adventure Leader
- Trip Leader
- Camp Counselor
- Summer Camp Instructor
Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.
Program Requirements: The Guide Essentials program is designed to prepare students to be outdoor leaders. Course work will include the following: adventure excursion planning, Leave No Trace best practices, protection and preservation of natural resources, basic principles of first-aid and CPR in a remote setting, leadership, and problem solving to maximize health and safety and minimize environmental impact leading participants to a quality outdoor experience. Participants have the opportunity to earn Leave No Trace Trainer, First Aid/CPR/AED, and Wilderness & Remote First Aid credentials.
At the conclusion of the Guide Essentials program, the graduate will be able to:
- State a philosophy of recreation, use of natural resources and impact recreation activities have on the natural resources and watershed. (RPK100, RPK140)
- Prepare for a wilderness excursion for both planned and unplanned experiences. (RPK103)
- Market adventure tourism and outdoor recreation related activities. (RPK100)
- Protect the outdoor environment when implementing outdoor programming by following principles of Leave No Trace. (RPK140)
- Perform basic First-Aid and CPR and stabilize a patient when help is more than 30 minutes away. (RPK160)
- Provide leadership for tourism and recreation related projects and events. (RPK103, RPK141)
- Design and implement outdoor recreation programming for specific target audiences. (RPK140)
- Demonstrate knowledge of outdoor recreational skills and activities. (RPK140, RPK141)
- Analyze scenario situations related to be a trip leader and apply problem solving skills to maximize health and safety and minimize environmental impact. (RPK103, RPK140, RPK141, RPK160)
|Course Number||Course Title||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Course Credits|
|RPK 100||Intro to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies||3||0||3|
|RPK 103||Preparation for Wilderness Adventure||0||2||1|
|RPK 141||Leadership and Supervision||2||2||3|
|RPK 160||Wilderness First Aid||2||2||2|
|RPK 140||Land Use Ethics||1||0||1|
Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Guide Essentials ... 10