Outdoor Leadership Academy
Children ages 13-14 welcome!
OLA is the third block of the forestry education foundation. The focus of this program exposes campers to an introduction to leadership in the outdoors! Through activities founded on teamwork and the fundamentals of responsible outdoor stewardship, campers learn about making good decisions in a variety of scenarios, hiking etiquette, outdoor cooking, predicting weather, environmental leadership and tons more. Campers will practice what they learned in the Logger Olympics and put their wilderness skills to the test!
The Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA) serves as the third tier in our
Forestry Education Programs. The focus for this curriculum is to expose
campers to an introduction to leadership in the outdoors. Campers learn
important leadership lessons through hands-on experiential activities that
emphasize team work, responsible stewardship, group dynamics, and
Topics for the week of OLA include how to make good decisions and exercise
good judgment, proper expedition behavior, an introduction to the concepts
of Leave No Trace, archery, understanding weather, environmental
leadership, and outdoor safety procedures. Each topic is explored using a variety of methods, with the goal of catering
to all learning styles that may be found in the group. Professional presenters are invited to speak to campers
about leadership in the outdoors and also to provide some insight into how campers may begin a career in their
particular field of interest.
An adventure to Fossil Creek will provide campers with an advanced
look into our water systems, riparian plant identification, and restoration
of native and endemic species. At Fossil Creek, campers will get
to speak with a wildlife biologist, hike the Waterfall Trail to a crystal
clear swimming hole, and help to preserve this fragile environment
with a community service project!
The finale for the OLA is an adventure race. On Friday, the race will
begin with events that test campers’ skills in survival, the proper use
of outdoor equipment, hiking etiquette, dangerous weather patterns,
map and compass use, and much more. Campers will work in small
teams to complete the race, further emphasizing the power of working
in groups. By integrating all of these topics into a week of fun in
the outdoors, we hope to pique campers interest in seeking outdoor
adventures and possibly pursuing careers in the environmental sciences, education, and forestry.
After the adventure race has concluded a pizza party is enjoyed by all campers. Finally campers head back to NAU
for an open-house in which parents, family, and friends enjoy campers’ PSA presentations; tree-cookie “medals”
are then awarded at a small graduation ceremony. This is a wonderful way to end the session because we make
sure everyone is recognized and awarded for all of their accomplishments and personal contributions during the