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Field Leader & Navigation Courses &  Related Modules

The Field Leader - Hiking course and the Navigation courses along with their related modules are 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 Courses

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.

Additional courses are the Navigation Maps and Navigation Compass courses (each 1-day) along with the Field Leader Winter Module and the Field Leader Overnight module (for both Winter and Overnight, the pre-requisite is the Field Leader - Hiking course). View descriptions of each of these courses.

Upcoming Courses

In 2016-17, there will be four Field Leader - Hiking courses offered across Nova Scotia along with two Navigation Maps courses, two Navigation Compass courses, one Field Leader Winter module and one Field Leader Overnight module. Click on the Registration & Info links for each course below for specific costs, details and to register:
Date Course/Module Location Cost Details & Registration
May 14-15 Field Leader-Hiking Antigonish $100/$90 Complete
June 9-10 Field Leader-Hiking Sydney $100/$90 Complete
Oct. 15-16 Field Leader-Hiking Wolfville $100/$90 Complete
Oct. 22-23 Field Leader-Overnight Economy $125/$115 Postponed to 2017
Nov. 5-6 Field Leader-Hiking Halifax $100/$90 Complete
Nov. 19-20 Navigation Maps & Compass Sydney $100/$90 Course cancelled
Dec. 3-4 Navigation Maps & Compass Halifax $100/$90 Complete
Jan. 21/17 Field Leader-Winter Truro $50/$40 Complete

Registration will open about two months before each course - please check back. Organizations may host a course. Contact us to learn more.

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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