AN OPERATIONAL DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION OF COLLEGE OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

By

Harrison H. Hilbert, Outdoor Program Coordinator 
Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Gary 0. Grimm, Outdoor Program Coordinator
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

1973

Special Note: Please note that this paper may not be republished.  You are welcome to provide links to this page or to use short quotations and paraphrases in other documents as long as they appropriately reference the authors and source. If you wish to reproduce or publish extensive parts or all of this paper, please contact Gary Grimm (mv@mtnvisions.com) or H. Hilbert.

Paper History: Presented at the Association of College Unions, International Conference.   Seminar #27 (a part of the "Move to the Great Outdoors" block). San Francisco, California, March 17-21, 1973.

Editor's Note:  This one of the first papers which describes the operational components of a new approach to outdoor recreation programming, now known as Common Adventurerism.



BRIEF SUMMARY OF PAPER

An outdoor program offers wide based opportunities for physical, emotional, and mental learning experiences in outdoor settings. These opportunities have a simple organizational base which is oriented to a human need for contact with nature where the individual can have real roles in decision making processes. A group of these individuals involved in any outdoor program activity become "common adventurers".



 

I. INTRODUCTION

In this paper we attempt to outline the assumptions and rationale underlying the outdoor programs at Idaho State University and the University of Oregon. It is not a recipe for outdoor programs. Rather, it tries to explain the democratic, participant-initiated foundations of these two quite successful outdoor programs.
 

A. DEFINITION OF A COLLEGE OUTDOOR PROGRAM

Several colleges and universities have recently created outdoor programs. Most of these operate within the student union concept where student input and organization are apparently very important guidelines.

All the programs we have seen attempt to offer opportunities for a wide variety of physical, emotional and mental learning experiences in the wilderness or out-of-doors.

B. KNOWN CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL OUTDOORS PROGRAMS

II. DESCRIPTION OF OUTDOOR PROGRAMS - A SIMPLE VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE

A. SET OF ASSUMPTIONS

B. BASIC FORMAT FOR OUTDOOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

C. OUTDOOR PROGRAMS AT U.0. AND I.S.U.

D. OBJECTIVES

E. "COMMON ADVENTURER" LEARNING AND SELF-ACTUALIZATION



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