Outdoor Living Skills Program Manual: An Environmentally Friendly Guide

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The Outdoor Living Skills Program Manual is the leader handbook in the American Camping Association's Outdoor Living Skills program. If you are a program leader, outdoor educator, youth-program volunteer, camp counselor, teacher or parent, this book is for you!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876031759
  • Publisher: American Camping Association, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Outdoor Living Skills 9
Part of Our Heritage 9
History of Outdoor Living Skills in Camping 9
Who Teaches Outdoor Living Skills? 9
Outdoor Living Skills Program Manual: An Environmentally Friendly Guide 10
Training 11
Ch. 1 Getting Started 13
What's So Great About the Great Outdoors? 13
The Outdoor Environment 14
People Who Enjoy and Outdoors 15
Choosing a Place to Go 16
How Participants Travel 18
The Next Step 18
Being Comfortable 19
Skills Participants Need 21
Ch. 2 Leadership Strategies 23
Leadership 23
Three Prominent Styles of Leadership 23
Other Leadership Styles or Combinations 25
Leading Strategy 25
Knowing Your Audience 29
Where They Live 31
How They Learn 32
Three Styles of Learning 33
General Tips for Leading a Group 34
Group Planning and Decision Making 35
Generating and Sharing Ideas 37
Other Tips 39
Managing Behavior 42
Ch. 3 On Your Way 45
Minimum Impact Camping 45
Choices, Decisions, and Values 46
Risk Management: Planning for Survival 52
Planning 57
Gear for Outdoor Activities 62
Ch. 4 Being Safe 77
Safety Rules 77
Health and Safety Agreements 78
Weather 79
Drinking Water 87
Disposal of Human Waste 90
First Aid 92
Plants and Animals 98
Ch. 5 Exploring Your World 103
Why Is the Sky Blue? 103
Understanding the Ecosystem 104
Understanding Our Responsibility 109
Ch. 6 Putting It on Your Plate 115
Planning Your Menu 115
Packaging 118
Food Suggestions 119
Choosing a Heat Source for Cooking 119
Extinguishing a Fire 127
Choosing Cooking Equipment 128
Packing Out 129
Cleanup 129
Protecting Your Food 130
Ch. 7 Tools and Ties 133
Tool Time 133
Pocketknives 133
Cooking Tools 136
Sharpening Knives 137
Digging Tools 138
Knots and Hitches 138
Ch. 8 Finding Your Way 151
Maps 152
Compasses 163
Geographic North and South 166
Global Positioning Systems 171
For More Information 172
Final Thoughts 172
App. A Choosing a Place to Go 175
App. B Exploring Your World Activities 177
App. C Putting It on Your Plate 199
App. D Trip Planning Template 215
App. E OLS Level Requirements 219
App. F OLS Levels Grid 225
App. G OLS Skills Sheets 231
Index 237
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