OOPS @ 2019 AEE Northeast Conference
April 12 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Becket, MA
The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs.
Every Symposium provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that help established and aspiring outdoor orientation programs. Attendees will learn from multiple presenters and a keynote speaker in multiple presentation formats including experiential formats.
The outdoor orientation experiences provide students and young leaders with the unique opportunity to develop supportive peer groups during transition to college. These intensive, adventure-based experiences impact over 25,000 students a year, providing many students with their first intensive outdoor recreation experience. These experiences have also become a burgeoning area of growth for outdoor recreation leaders.
In 2012, the 2nd Outdoor Orientation Census was completed and in 6 years the number of outdoor orientation programs increased from 162 in 2006, to 185 in 2012. Perhaps most impressively, the number of student participants increased by 5,000 in the same time period.
Our fall programs tend to be focused on administration issues (e.g., running a program from an administrator's point of view, talking about trends).
Our spring programs tend to be more student leader focused (e.g., training other leaders, discussing curricular features, participant team building).
Cost: AORE Members: $149 Student / $199 Professional -- Non Members: $179 Student / $239 Professional