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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

Assistant Director - Camp Elachee in Gainesville

Elachee has hosted quality environmental education day camps for over 30 years. Each week of camp uniquely blends traditional outdoor camp activities and inquiry-based learning opportunities.

Kayak Instructor/Head Aerial Guide - Nantahala Outdoor Center

The NOC offers whitewater rafting on seven Southeastern rivers, world-class paddling instruction in whitewater and flatwater, and more.

Adventure Director/Counselor - Camp Toccoa in Toccoa

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.

Wrangler -  SK Horses in Estes Park, Colo.

Students worked in two locations: National Park Gateway Stables and Cowpoke Corner Corral in Rocky Mountain National Park. They led guided trail rides daily to guests into the mountains with trail destinations climbing to over 9,500 feet.

Field Instructor - SOAR in Balsam, N.C.

SOAR was founded in 1977 by an adult with a learning disability who believed that focusing on an