Field Leader - Hiking

OCC Field Leader - Hiking Course

A two-day course with a systematic approach to planning and managing a one-day hiking activity.

This nationally recognized course will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader – Hiking as well as the 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. The course will be delivered by an OCC certified instructor. It is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

This is a two-day course running usually from 9 am to 5 pm each day with short breaks throughout. There are both indoor and outdoor elements.

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 outside. Participants are required to read a manual beforehand. Participants who successfully meet the course outcomes will earn Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader – Hiking certification along with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. Most of the instruction will be in the classroom with some experiential lessons on the trail. Participants must attend the full two-day course in order to receive certification. For further information regarding Field Leader - Hiking Certification, please go to the Outdoor Council of Canada.

Cost

The cost is $125 ($115 for members of Hike Nova Scotia). A reduced fee of $100 is available for Duke of Edinburgh leaders. Registration includes a course manual, a one-year membership with the Outdoor Council of Canada and a one-year individual membership with Hike Nova Scotia (or $10 off other types of memberships). All participants must sign a waiver. Further course information will be provided upon registration. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transportation.

Register for a Course

Jun. 3-4 in Sydney Register
Sept. 23-24 in Parrsboro Registration to open in June
Oct. 14-15 in Halifax Registration to open in June
Oct. 21-22 in Antigonish Registration to open in June
Nov. 18-19 in Wolfville Registration to open in June
Dec. 2-3 in Yarmouth Registration to open in June

Note: Registration for some courses has not yet opened. Only those events whose regstration has opened will be listed on our courses & workshops calendar.

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