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Outdoor Leadership

In an era when younger generations are experiencing less and less of the natural world as part of their daily or even weekly routines, we need to take steps to engage and create the land stewards and historical preservationists of the future.

I’m very involved with the Boy Scouts of America; I served as a Den Leader and Pack Trainer in the Cub Scouts program until recently and currently as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts. I also serve on the training team for the Nashua Valley Council which covers 32 towns in North Central Massachusetts.

I’m also very involved with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). I’m a Paddling Leader (flat water) for the Worcester chapter, as well as a Family Outings (hiking and paddling) Leader for the Berkshire, Boston, and Worcester chapters. I serve as a faculty member for AMC’s Center for Outdoor Learning and Leadership (COLL). With COLL I teach at various chapter leadership trainings, as well as with other AMC programs such as Outdoor RX, and the Youth Opportunities Program. I primarily teach Leaders and Groups, which covers leadership styles, participant rolls, group dynamics, and group life-cycles. I also teach Trip Planning & Management — this is a fairly lengthy topic as it ties in so much with Risk Management.

I’m a passionate supporter of our National Parks, and aim to encourage in youth an understanding of the ethics, values, and mechanics of the system. My goal with leadership is to inspire a better appreciation for the ideas, spirit, and mission of the NPS and encourage future stewardship.

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Without love of the land, conservation lacks meaning or purpose, for only in a deep and inherent feeling for the land can their be dedication in preserving it.Sigurd F. Olson
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