Outdoor Activity Club
Community Service & Outdoor Leadership Certificate Program
*** NEW DATES to adapt to COVID-19 ***
The OCC Outdoor Activity Club is a community service based outdoor leadership development opportunity for youth between the ages of 16 and 30 located in Calgary, Alberta.
Participants will gain 120 hours of volunteer experience in their community, learn how to lead themselves and others outdoors, develop project management skills, and receive certifications in outdoor leadership and first aid, and a certificate of completion for the entire program.
For their graduation project, they and their team will design and deliver their own outdoor experience for a group of children.
Who: Youth between the ages of 16 – 30 years old
Requirements: Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 30 years old, be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have been granted refugee status in Canada, and be able to complete a criminal record check.
There is no wilderness, outdoor leadership, employment or volunteering experience required, although it is welcomed. Participants are expected to have a positive and respectful attitude, open mind, willingness to learn, and a high level of reliability.
This is a physical program and participants will be hiking, paddling, biking and expected to go long periods of time walking or standing.
What: This program uses outdoor activities/ sports as the vehicle to teach essential life, leadership, volunteer, and outdoor skills.
Through a combination of instruction, volunteerism and participant-led experiences and planning, this multi-faceted program strives to foster community connection and confidence in local youth. Participants will become outdoor literate, while learning to communicate and collaborate as part of a multi-cultural team co-managing projects from inception to execution. Participants will leave feeling empowered and inspired by the benefits of being active community members.
Certifications and skills gained:
Full-time June 15th – August 15th, 2020
This includes week-long overnight trips, and a couple weekend days
Part-time September 2nd– March 30th, 2020
One or two weekday evenings a week, and 2 weekend days a month (usually Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays/Sundays)
*30 hours of self-organized volunteer time in addition to scheduled days.
There is no monetary charge for this program. Participants will sign a contract to establish their intent to be reliable, respectful, and commit to planning and executing both a self-led activity for the cohort as well as a self-led activity for another group.
Employability: Participants will be learning and practicing essential employability skills such as leadership, followership, giving and taking feedback, respectful communication, conflict resolution, debriefing, project management and initiative taking. Participants have the chance to leave with an employment reference.
Volunteerism: This program will introduce participants to the value of community service, and different types of options that are available to them in the city. Participants will also gain experience volunteering for different local organizations.
Community: This program will create a cohort of participants from different backgrounds who will collaborate to complete projects. This cohort community will also integrate with the Calgary community at large to create meaningful connections.
Leadership: Whether it is group management, assessing risk, influential leading, public speaking & instruction, participants will learn and practice many different ways to lead.
Cost: Unique to any other outdoor leadership program, this one has no monetary cost. This gives the opportunity to participants who might not otherwise be able to attend to take part. The cost of a professional outdoor leadership course like this might cost up to $3000 normally.
Outdoor Literacy: This program will instill the essential skills, knowledge and motivation required to become physically active in low-risk outdoor settings. This cluster of attributes can be a fundamental asset for those who want to be ‘active for life’.
Varied focus: Unlike some other programs, this program has a multi-faceted approach where participants are learning many skills that not only help with outdoor literacy, but also who are empowered to take on future initiatives and leadership within their community.
Cost: There is no monetary charge for this program. Participants will sign a contract to establish their intent to be reliable, respectful, and commit to planning and executing both a self-led activity for the cohort as well as a self-led activity for another group.