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Field Leader - Hiking Courses & Related Modules

The Field Leader - Hiking course (formerly Leadership Level 1 - Hiking) is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the Outdoor Council of Canada and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

About the Course

This introduction to outdoor leadership (hiking) is a nationally recognized course and will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader - Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail group volunteers, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors.

The course is two full days in length and will provide successful candidates with national certification in Filed Leader - Hiking. Participants will learn the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. To be hiking leaders, participants should have some hiking experience and be able to participate in a low risk natural environment hike on a designated trail while carrying what they will need for the day out. Details on the course content are found here.

All participants receive course materials, a one year membership to the Outdoor Council of Canada and a one year membership to Hike NS.

Upcoming Field Leader - Hiking Courses

In 2016, there will be four Field Leader - Hiking courses offered across Nova Scotia. Click on the following upcoming courses for specific costs, details and to register:
May 14-15 Antigonish Course complete    
June 9-10 Sydney Course complete    
Oct. 15-16 Wolfville Registration not open yet    
Nov. 5-6 Halifax Registration not open yet    
Registration will open two months before each course - please check back. The course costs $100 for non-paid Hike NS members ($90 for paid Hike NS members). Organizations may host a course. Contact us to learn more.

Help Promote the Courses

Please help spread the word about these courses by sharing the flyer or by using one of the promotional pieces. To help promote a specific workshop in your area, please use the appropriate flyer and promo pieces document above. Thanks!

Upcoming Field Leader - Overnight module: Economy - Fall Date to be announced

The Field Leader – Overnight module will be held on the Kenomee Canyon trail in Economy. This nationally recognized module will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training and certification in Field Leader – Overnight and qualifies participants to lead longer trips in low-risk terrain classes relevant to their activity. A pre-requisite to the course is at least one OCC Field Leader course. The module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips.  Participants are required to read a manual, and participate in an online planning meeting beforehand. All of the instruction will be outdoors, including an overnight hiking trip on an 18 km hiking loop. Registration coming soon.

About the Outdoor Council of Canada

The Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) is a nationally incorporated, non-profit, practitioner-owned organization founded to encourage, promote and facilitate safety-oriented outdoor education and recreation for every Canadian. The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Outdoor Council of Canada is hosted by Hike Nova Scotia.

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