Route-planning Assignment (4 hours of work)
Overview: This is an assignment that uses all three of the students’ supplied 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 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.
- Students are required to research, by any means, and collect as much information as possible about a certain type of equipment or gear. They then practice teaching each other by presenting their research in a way that assists the other students in their learning.
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.
- Students plan a 3 day outtrip and document all of the programming that they would like to do on the outtrip. This helps students understand that they need to be intentional about the programming they do for every outtrip that they 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 encouraged to come up with ideas of what they could do and then get approval from instructors.
- 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 to 2 or 1 to 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.