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Working in the Wilderness

A Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership prepares students for work within recreational, educational, developmental and therapeutic agencies. Graduates become outdoor leaders prepared to provide effective and environmentally sound outdoor education programs.

Having experiences in nature is foundational to the program, and students regularly spend time in the field whitewater kayaking and canoeing, rock climbing, rafting, backpacking, caving and completing challenge courses. Having these varied skills—and specializing in a few of them—make YHC outdoor leadership majors excellent candidates to complete work experiences during their studies.

Recent Experiences

Jeremy Mabe of Marietta, Ga., worked as adventure director and Melissa LeViner of Woodstock, Ga.,worked as acounselor at Camp Toccoa in Toccoa, Ga., This camp is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a traditional overnight camping program and day camp program each summer as well as several adventure-based specialty camps, a horseback camp and counselor-in-training program.

Zach Thompson of Cartersville, Ga., and Will Clement of Statham, Ga., worked as wranglers at SK Horses in Estes Park, Colo., in two locations: National Park Gateway Stables and Cowpoke Corner Corral in Rocky Mountain National Park. Thompson and Clement led guided trail rides daily to guests into the mountains with trail destinations climbing to over 9,500 feet.

Andrew Fieler of Atlanta, Ga., worked as a counselor at Calleva Outdoor Adventures in Poolesville, Md. For nearly 20 years, Calleva has built a reputation for excellence and innovation in outdoor education and outdoor adventure programming. 

Tyler Burns of Dickson, Tenn., and Jesse Carter of Evans, Ga., worked as raft guides for Whitewater Express on the Ocoee River, which served as the location for slalom events during the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics.

Mallory Holland of Woodstock, Ga., Stacey Keahon of Suwanee, Ga., Kelly Bryson of Waterloo, S.C., and Morgan Pierce of Hull, Ga., worked for Ocoee Basin Canopy Tour in Ducktown, Tenn. These students led groups on wooded and tree-based canopy tours with nine zip line sections and three swinging sky bridges.

Christine Durniat of Snellville, Ga., worked at Blue Ridge Camp in Mountain City, Ga. This activity-oriented, accredited summer camp strives to develop an independent camper within a community setting.