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
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 for non-members (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
Courses for 2017 are now over. We held courses in Sydney, Parrsboro, Halifax, Antigonish, Wolfville and Yarmouth.
The 2018 schedule of spring and fall courses will be available in late March 2018. To receive notification of courses, become a member of Hike NS
and receive our monthly enews (there are free and paid versions of membership).
Hike NS requires three full days’ notice
in order to reimburse anyone who wishes to cancel their registration. For example, if a course will take place on June 3, notice of cancellation by email or phone must be received by 5 pm on May 30 (allowing June 2, June 1 and May 31 as the three full days). Sometimes Hike NS must cancel a course due to instructor illness, low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstance. If Hike NS has to cancel the course, you will be contacted at least a day in advance and will be fully reimbursed.