Overview: Periodically throughout the program, each student will be given 30-45 minutes to lead the rest of the group in a Bible or book study. Scripture and books will vary each year.
Overview: Each student will be responsible for leading a portion of each training outtrip (this could be a few hours or multiple days). This gives them an environment in which the can learn how to lead others with the capacity of making mistakes. Instructors take a back seat approach and assist each student in their personal leadership growth.
First Aid/Emergency Simulations:
Overview: Throughout the COLTS training, instructors will conduct a variety of First Aid and Emergency Simulations to give students practice in dealing with different situations. Each situation is followed by group and personal debrief to aid in the students learning. Risk management, group management, decision making and Wilderness First Aid techniques are emphasized during simulations.
Overview: Each student at the completion of the COLTS training partake of a 1 night solo in which they use all of the skills learned to navigate to certain locations and set up their own camp. The solo is intended to give students time with God in reflection and as a chance to prove to themselves that they now have the skills needed to look after themselves in the wilderness.
Overview: The final exam consists of written and practical portions. The written exam focuses on factual information learned during the training as well as situational questions and is in short answer format. The practical portion changes depending on needs of the group and individuals. It can consist of simple campcraft testing (tarp set up, bear line set up, fire making), and/or First Aid simulations that test the decision making and judgment of the student.
Route-planning Assignment (4 hours of work)
Overview: This is an assignment that uses all three of the students’ supplied topographical maps to get them to practice route finding and map familiarization. Using their maps and route-planning resources they will decide which route to take between map coordinates, how to calculate elevation, decide which routes are preferable to others, estimate hiking distances and times, etc.
Equipment and Gear Research (6 hours of work)
Overview: Students will be asked to research a certain type of equipment or gear that we use in our outdoor pursuits. This could include, boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. Once completed, each student will give a presentation to the rest of the group and some local folk to teach them about what they have learned. This assignment is to help students research and present ideas to others, as well as familiarize themselves to outdoor gear.
Leadership Assignment (6 hours of work)
Overview: This assignment will get students to analyze themselves as leaders. They will see what kind of leaders they are and what kind of leaders they would like to be. This assignment can be used for future reference. Students are asked to reflect on different situations or experiences in their lives that has shaped them to be the leaders that they are. They are also asked to look to the future and see what kind of leader they would like to be. This assignment allows them to document their progression in their leadership development and gives them an idea of leadership aspects they need to work on.
Outtrip Programming Assignment (3 hours of work)
Overview: In this assignment, students will be programming a typical Intermediate outtrip. It is meant to take them through all the steps of programming and outtrip and things to consider. This outtrip plan could be used for future reference. A summarized form of this assignment will be required for every outtrip that students lead.
Individual Project (6-10 hours of work)
Overview: This project is to be completed by the end of COLTS training. This way it is finished before summer sessions begin. It should be something that would enhance Outtrip Directing in some way and would help with the development of outdoor programs. Students are given ideas of projects that could be done, but are also given the freedom to come up with their own idea. Ideas could include, making options signs or compiling game ideas.
Individual Evaluations (On-going)
Overview: The instructors of the program see the value in working directly and intentionally with each participant therefore the instructor to student ratio is usually 1:2 or 1:1. They take a coaching style approach to leadership and will be intentful in the development of each participant's skills and competence by recognizing the needs for their learning accordingly. All camp staff receive ongoing feedback with respect to performance, while the COLTS participants receive consistent feedback in regards to leadership development.