The Outdoor Leadership program is designed to prepare students for leadership careers in adventure-based outdoor programs, outdoor education programs, state and national park systems, and camps. Students develop life skills in leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, teaching, and group facilitation within the context of a Christian worldview, as well as gain competency in outdoors skills, including rock-climbing, kayaking, wilderness expeditions, first aid, mountaineering, and more.
At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of outdoor leadership through careful research and critical thinking skills, evidenced through research papers, presentations, and insightful classroom discussions
- Apply various models of leadership, teaching, and facilitation skills related to decision-making, judgment, leadership styles, and instructional design through practical application
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in a variety of outdoor skills through an ability to perform these skills and plan expeditions with an awareness of environmental impact and the appropriate management of physical and emotional risk.
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News and Related Resources
- 04.13.2016 - Simpson Outdoor Leadership to Host Earth Day Film
- 02.12.2016 - Simpson Hosts Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
- 02.10.2016 - Outdoor Leadership Students Hired by Wilderness Organizations
- 02.09.2016 - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Visit Simpson
- 12.15.2015 - Outdoor Leadership Students Experience Immersion Semester
- 11.13.2014 - SU Students Teach First-Graders How to ‘Leave No Trace’
- 06.13.2014 - Outdoor Leadership Students Clean Up Marine Debris
- 04.15.2010 - SU Welcomes New Outdoor Leadership Professor
"Life-changing both professionally and personally."
– Jessica Kenning, Class of 2012
"ODLE is a lot more than just playing outside. It will challenge you as a person in your faith, leadership, and intellect. My ODLE classes were often the most demanding academically. In many ways it is a conglomeration of majors--education, business, psychology, leadership, philosophy, theology, and ethics. You will learn so much about life and yourself and have lots of fun in the process!"
– Melody Board, Class of 2012
"It is incredibly valuable… I learned more about myself and about loving life. I’ve become more confident in myself and truly a better person because of this major."
– Christina (Coleman) Madj, Class of 2012
"It provides an opportunity for students to experience a very holistic major, which focuses on personal growth in mind, body, and soul within the context of community."
– Ruth Jones, Class of 2013
"It allows you to gain the skills and knowledge from highly qualified professors to be able to work in the industry."
– Trever Meier, Class of 2012
"The Lord has created us with all different talents, experiences, and even spiritual temperaments. For those who particularly connect with their Creator through His creation, the Outdoor Leadership major is extremely important and a great blessing. Through the usage of experiential education, connecting the subject with the whole person, the ODLE major does an excellent job of providing relevant knowledge that is transferable for our field of work. The original intent of the liberal arts university is to create global citizens who can think, make decisions, and contribute to society. As a Christian University, the ODLE major, embodies this philosophy, for Simpson students to go spread Kingdom values with their everyday lives; well ours are often lived outdoors. The ODLE major creates godly men and women who are capable to teaching and leading others, and helping individuals discover their whole self."
– Mitchell Kellogg, Class of 2013