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(Sept. 29 - Oct. 1) Field Leader (Hiking) Course + Camping Skills for DofE Award

  • 29 Sep 2017
  • 6:00 PM
  • 01 Oct 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Edmonton (29th) Elk Island (30th and 1st)
  • 1


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Field Leader (Hiking) Course

This course is for the Duke Of Edinburgh's Award leaders.

The course will combine an ‘Introduction to Camping’ course with the Field Leader (Hiking) course. There are 2 ½ days of instructional time with the first evening being in a classroom setting and the second two days in the field.

Introduction to Camping

This course will cover the essential knowledge and skills required to have a safe and successful camping experience. Specific topics addressed will include:

  • Clothing choice and use for an overnight activity outdoors
  • Choosing the right tent, how to care for it and how to pitch it under differing situations so as to ensure a comfortable and dry night.
  • Sleeping bags and mats: differing types and their uses; how to care for them; etc.
  • Cooking stoves: types and uses; safety considerations; etc.
  • Food: choices; edibility, nutrition and food safety
  • Creating and/or using toilets environmentally and hygienically
  • Campsite safety: location, identifying undesirable hazards, wildlife management etc.
  • Principals of ‘leave no trace camping’
  • Safe use of knives, axes and hatchets.
  • Wood fire making, use and dowsing

Students will be required to read the ‘Field Leader (Overnight) manual prior to attending the course.

This course has a certificate of attendance.

Field Leader (Hiking)

The Field Leader training and certification course is the ‘Canadian standard’ certification for entry level outdoor leaders. The course covers the two essential elements required to lead a group of people into low-risk natural environments: The skills required to plan, execute, and debrief an outdoor trip; and an understanding of the ‘The principals of high-quality low risk programming’. This is a certification course.

Students are required to read a course manual prior to the course and answers quizzes on the material in that manual. The course requires 16 hours of instructional time. Lessons are primarily group work in a workshop like setting. The following topics are covered:

  • The reasons for wanting to lead: This reflective examination introduces the lifelong process of observing how our leadership style influences the outcome of the programs we lead and how we can adapt our style for optimal outcomes.
  • Trip Visioning: The leader establishes specific learning or experiential outcomes for the activity that are integrated with the needs and abilities of the participants and the characteristics of the natural venue where the activity will take place.
  • Pre-event planning: the systematic planning processes that include constructing an event plan, team building with participants, co-leaders, the organization, and other stakeholders, and hazard identification and mitigation.
  • Last minute checks: conducted in the period immediately before leaving for the natural space venue.
  • Group Management: strategies for maximizing safety and quality of experience while moving through in the terrain being certified (Hiking, paddling or equine).
  • Debriefing: The active learning process for participants, leaders, organization and stakeholders that supports a learning environment.

All graduates receive a certificate of performance and one year’s membership in the Outdoor Council of Canada.


Proposed Schedule

Day 1:  

18:00 – 21:00    Introductions, lesson 1 of the Field Leader (Hiking) course, review of equipment and plans for weekend.

Day 2:

09:00 – 11:00     Meet at trailhead and walk into camp site.

11:00 – 12:00     Set up camp

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

14:00 – 17:00     Field Leader and introduction to camping skills lessons

17:00 – 18:30     Food preparation and supper

18:30 – 20:00     Camp fire preparation, (knife, axe, and hatchet safety), camp site activities

19:30 – 23:00     Debrief the day and course to date

Day 3:

07:00 – 08:00     Breakfast

08:00 – 10:00     Field Leader (Hiking) lessons and strike camp

10:00 – 15:30     Hike out to trailhead: group management, completion of Field Leader lessons and lunch.

15:30 – 16:15     Field Leader written exam

16:15 – 17:00     Course debrief.

17:00                    End of Course


Cost:      $200

  • Includes: GST, evening and breakfast food in camp, instruction, 1 year’s membership in OCC; Certificate of performance for successful graduates of Field Leader (Hiking) course + certificate of attendance in Introduction to Camping course.
  • Not included: personal clothing; transportation; food (except supper on Day 2 and breakfast on Day 3); personal clothing and sleeping gear; accommodation in town. All participants are requested to bring a tent if they have one and we will make a tent plan on Night 1. 

Student Equipment List:

Day 1: Pencil and note book/pad and completed quizzes

Day 2/3:

  • Pencil and notebook/pad
  • Outdoor Clothing:
  • Waterproof Lug soled boots
  • Woollen socks (2 pr.)
  • Synthetic pants (not jeans or other cotton items). Many warm-up pants are synthetic. Atmosphere and MEC sell suitable items. Sometime Costco has them and really cheap.
  • If the weather looks cold you will also need either thermal underwear pants (not cotton) or 2nd pair of synthetic pants as a second layer
  • Thermal underwear top if you have it.
  • Synthetic long-sleeved shirt (2 if no upper underwear)
  • Warm jacket. I.e. fleece or wool jacket
  • Waterproof pants and jacket. Ideally these will be breathable (Gortex or similar)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Sun glasses, sun screen, screened lip salve
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Backpack or duffel bag for camp gear
  • Daypack for the hike
  • Tent if you have one
After registration you will receive an email with important information and links to download the manuals. If you don't see it check your junk-mail folder.

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