RADM 200
Outdoor Leadership


  Course Fee: $725 (Financial aid may be used to pay course fee.)

$150 financial commitment/deposit will be charged to your account.


General Education: Fulfills social awareness requirement.

Recreation Sport and Tourism Management major: Fulfills outdoor recreation elective.

Leadership Studies minor: Fulfills elective toward the minor.

  Destination:    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
  Trip Overview: Experience the peace and stillness of ancient glacial lakes, towering granite cliffs, and mist hovering above glass-like morning water. Hear the call of loons from your lakeside tent. With luck, see the Northern Lights burning across the starlit sky.
    Spend four nights and five days camping and canoeing in this pristine and rugged northern Minnesota boreal forest. As a self-sustained group, you’ll travel through a thriving ecosystem, home to beaver, lynx, moose, bald eagle, black bear, and otter. Paddling pristine lakes, follow the ancient pathways of Chippewa Native Americans and the 18th century fur trade.
  Immediately begin learning what you need to know to live comfortably and safely in the backcountry, including gear selection, route planning, navigation, camp setup, portaging, paddling techniques, and preparation of delicious meals using a lightweight stove.
  Build community within your group while practicing leadership and teamwork skills such as trust-building, communication, respect, problem-solving, initiative, decision making, and responsibility.
    You’ll also have free time for fishing, swimming, stargazing, or just relaxing around the campfire.
  Links: Our outfitter: http://www.seagulloutfitters.com/
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Sample Canoe Trip Itinerary
  Day 1 Drive 12 hours to Seagull Outfitters, Gunflint Trail, MN. Organize gear, spend the night in a bunkhouse.
  Day 2 Cold cereal, granola bars, and fruit for breakfast. Drive to the “put in.” Learn basic portaging and paddling techniques, and safety procedures. Trail lunch (fruit leather, nuts, pretzels, cheese, granola bars, etc.) Paddle to first campsite. Set up camp. Discuss leadership foundations. Canoe rescue training. Learn cooking and kitchen basics while preparing hearty soup with cheesy biscuit dinner. Leave No Trace instruction. Evening discussion.
  Day 3 Hot oatmeal with nuts, raisins, and brown sugar for breakfast. Move to new camp where we will layover for two nights. Focus on advanced skills including paddling techniques, navigation, and modified portaging techniques. Trail lunch. Build in time for recreational activities. Dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce. (Fresh fish appetizer?) Evening discussion.
  Day 4 Breakfast: Cook's choice! Layover day, meaning we won't move camp today. Team up with the US Forest Service today to help with eco-system restoration. Trail lunch. Spend some time reflecting during a solo experience. Fresh fish for dinner? Evening discussion.  
  Day 5 Hearty bagels and peanut butter for breakfast. Focus today is on practicing and mastering outdoor and leadership skills. Possible day trip to a place of interest to the group. Trail lunch. History of the Boundary Waters. Backpacker pita pizza for dinner. Evening discussion. Starlight paddle.
  Day 6 You decide! By now the students have taken over planning and leadership.
  Day 7 Last day in the backcountry. Hearty cereal, dried fruit, and milk for breakfast. Pack up and paddle to the “take out” location. Trail lunch. Return to outfitter camp for hot showers. Pack the van and drive to a modern campground in Grand Marais, MN overlooking Lake Superior. Eat dinner out (burgers, pizza, etc.) and see the town. Sleep at the campground.
  Day 8 Early morning departure. Drive to back to USF.
USF Catalog Course Description
The course is an eight-day wilderness camping experience with multiple foci. In addition to learning outdoor living skills, students will learn and practice leadership and teamwork skills including concepts such as communication, respect, trust-building, responsibility, decision-making, and problem-solving. Additionally, students will experientially examine natural and cultural history and the local ecosystem. Throughout the course students will practice principles of environmental stewardship while examining one’s personal relationship to the natural environment. The course involves personal reflection and spiritual exploration through journaling and group discussion activities. Course includes required reading, written work, and participation in pre and post-trip meetings and activities.