RADM 200-Outdoor Leadership is a seven-day trip (two days transportation and five days wilderness travel/camping) Students will learn a variety of outdoor skills, depending on the section. The course will also focus on developing leadership and communication skills. Pre/post-trip work and class meetings are required.
Q:What academic requirements will the course fulfill?
A:RADM 200 is a 3-credit course that fulfills the social science general education requirement. Additionally, this course will fulfill a 3-credit elective in the Leadership Studies minor (pending program approval). Recreation, Sport and Tourism Managment majors may use the course as a major requirement or major elective.
Q: Can I use financial aid to pay the course fee?
A: You may be elligible to use financial aid toward the course fee and additional expenses (i.e. purchases such as hiking boots and rain gear). Talk with the financial aid office to discuss your options.
Q:I don't have my own camping equipment. What do I need to bring?
A:You need to bring your clothes (including rain gear) and personal items. We'll supply the packs, canoes, paddles, tents, cooking gear, etc. You'll also need a sleeping bag and a foam mattress pad. If you don't have one, we can arrange for you to rent these.
Q:I haven't camped much before. Can I still go?
A: No experience is necessary. We'll teach you how to paddle a canoe, set up a tent, and live comfortably in the wilderness. Most of the students on have had little or no outdoor experience, and they had a great time.
Q:Where are we going?
A: We'll drive twelve hours north to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Located in far northeast Minnesota, the BWCAW is the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. We'll be just a few miles from the Canadian border, but will stay in the USA for the entire time.
Q:What will we eat?
A:We eat quite well. Standard menu items include blueberry pancakes or hot cereal for breakfast; peanut butter and crackers, dried fruit, jerky, and nuts for lunch. For dinner pasta and spaghetti sauce, rice and bean burritos, pita pocket pepperoni pizza, fresh fish, and warm apple cobbler are all winners.
Q: Can I bring my own snacks?
A:Snacks are provided on the trail. There will be plenty to go around. You are welcome to bring your own snacks to eat in the van during the drive. Please do not bring extra snacks for the trail unless you have a specific dietary need.
Q: How is the fishing?
A:If you are going on the caneoing section, the Boundary Waters has some of the best fishing in North America. There are smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and lake trout. If you wish to fish, you'll need to bring your own pole and tackle. You can buy a MN fishing license when we arrive at the outfitter's office.
Q:What else should I know about the course?
A:Students are expected to read a packet of course materials and complete a written pre-trip assignment, keep a trip journal, prepare a ten-minute oral presentation to be given during the trip on a topic of their choice, and write a post-trip reflection paper in which the course readings are integrated with the course experience.
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