Newsletter
November '97 - January, '98
OA Office: Clio Hall, 2nd Floor, 8-3552
Trip Sign-ups: Clio Hall, 2nd Floor
Equipment Room: 48 University Place, 8-6417
Trip Hotline: 8-6417
Web Site: www.princeton.edu/~oa/

The Outdoor Action Program

The newsletter is published on the World Wide Web twice each semester to provide information about upcoming trips and programs. The Outdoor Action Program (OA) is Princeton University’s outdoor experiential education program administered by the Princeton-Blairstown Center. Princeton Blairstown Center offers experiential and OA runs a wide variety of wilderness oriented trips, seminars, and training courses throughout the year that are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Here’s just some of what OA has to offer. For more details on OA activities jump to OA Activities.


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Signing Up for an OA Trip: Since many trips have space limitations we require participants to sign up in advance. The sign-ups for all OA trips are on the OA Bulletin Board at the Outdoor Action Office located on the second floor of Clio Hall. Most sign-ups are done on a first-come-first-served basis. We do maintain a waiting list for trips and will contact you if a space opens up. With some activities the sign-up is an interest list and participants are randomly selected off the list. OA Leaders and Leaders-in-training may be given preference for some trip activities. For multi-day trips or courses, you are required to pay the full fee in advance (check, cash or University Billing). For cash or checks, we will hold your space for 24 hours after you sign up (due the next business day). There are different trip fee rates for students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty and staff.

OA Trip Information Hotline: For the latest information on upcoming OA trips and programs, call the OA Trip Information Hotline at 8-6417. The recorded message will describe upcoming trips and programs for each week.

OA News via Email and the Web: The OA Calendar is mailed to subscribers and sent via Email. The detailed version of the Newsletter is available at the OA Web Site. If you do not receive the OA Calendar, jump to Subscribe to the OA Email List If you wish to be removed from the OA Calendar email list,please send email to rcurtis@princeton.edu

Surf the Internet with OA: The OA Web Site is one of the most popular outdoor sites in the country with over 12,000 hits a week. One of the hottest pages at the OA Web is the OA Guide to Outdoor Resources on the Internet with links to over 500 outdoor related sites including climbing, paddling, backpacking, biking, skiing, etc. You can access the OA Home Page directly at (www.princeton.edu/~oa/) or from the Princeton Home Page (www.princeton.edu).

OA Activities

OA will be offering a number of day trips to provide opportunities for everyone from beginners to advanced participants. Fees for the trips vary depending on the activity and location. Trips fees can be paid by cash, check, or be billed to your University account. On full-day trips, participants should provide their own lunch. Transportation and any specialized equipment will be provided by OA. Sign up for all trips at the OA Office on the second floor of Clio Hall. In order to make trip registration easier, we are working on a Web-based registration system for all trips.

Wilderness Seminar Programs

Outdoor Safety Management Workshop: An important part of being comfortable in the wilderness is safety, knowing how to plan trips properly and how to evaluate potential risks. This seminar is designed to make all wilderness travelers familiar with the causes of accidents in the wilderness, how to prevent accidents through effective pre-trip planning, how to identify risks in the field, and how to increase your margin of safety. The Dynamics of Accidents Model that will be taught is used by outdoor programs across the country. For more information check out OA Guide to Outdoor Safety Management. Free and open to the public. The seminar will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 10, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM in McCosh 64
Thursday, December 11, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM in McCosh 64

Grace Under Pressure - The Kayak Eskimo Roll: The Eskimo roll is an essential skill for kayakers, whether you tour on open water, sea kayak, or whitewater. This video gives step by step instructions on how to master the roll including excellent underwater photography. Join us on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 PM in McCosh 64 or Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 PM in McCosh 62. (60 minutes) Free and open to the public.

OA Exploring Winter Series

These free OA Workshops will teach you the fundamentals of safe travel in the winter. Whether you are a cross-country skier, downhill skier, snowboarder, Telemark skier, snowshoer, winter camper, etc. you will enhance you ability to enjoy the winter environment.

Winter Travel 1 - Winter Camping Seminar: Nothing can quite compare with crawling out of an snow shelter into a brilliant sunny day in a snow-covered wilderness, putting on your skis or snowshoes, and heading out. Winter camping is a very specialized outdoor skill requiring extensive knowledge of equipment, trip planning, weather, travel skills, and knowledge of environmental hazards. The seminar will cover how to prepare for a winter camping trip—personal clothing, group equipment, food planning, winter travel and camping, snow shelters, obtaining water in the winter, ice crossings, and minimal impact camping. Extensive notes will be distributed. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, December 2, from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in Robertson Hall Bowl 6. Free and open to the public.

Winter Travel 2 - Hypothermia & Cold Weather Injuries Seminar: If you travel in the winter time, whether downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, or winter camping, you need to understand your body’s physiological responses to cold. This seminar will cover the causes, recognition, and treatment of the major cold-related injuries: hypothermia, frostnip, and frostbite. The program does not assume any prior first aid training, yet will cover these topics in depth. Extensive notes will be distributed. This program is highly recommended to anyone engaging in outdoor winter sports. The program will be held on Tuesday, December 9 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in Robertson Hall Bowl 6. Free and open to the public.

Outdoor & Environmental Careers Workshop: Many people who enjoy the outdoors look for ways that they can integrate the outdoors into their career. Outdoor and environmental careers can include leading trips for Outward Bound or NOLS, doing environmental advocacy work, environmental attorney, public policy, environmental engineering, etc. This workshop will provide information on the broad range of careers available, resources for finding job leads, and skills required. The workshop will be held on Monday, December 8, from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in Robertson Hall Room 3. Free and open to the public. For more information check out the OA Guide to Outdoor and Environmental Careers.

Caving

Beginners Caving Trip: Caving is a whole new world of underground exploration. Join Outdoor Action for a trip to Leigh Cave, the largest volume cave in New Jersey on Sunday, November 16. We will spend the day exploring the twisted passages and inner rooms of the cave. This is a great cave for first-time cavers since it does not require any technical caving expertise. You need to be prepared to be underground for 5-6 hours. All equipment including helmets, caving lights, and coveralls will be provided by OA. Trip fee: students $15.00, faculty/staff $20.00.

Rock Climbing

OA Climbing Wall

OA Climbing Wall: The Outdoor Action Climbing Wall is an indoor rock climbing practice facility located in the Armory next to Jadwin Gym. The Climbing Wall allows beginners to learn basic climbing skills, while intermediate and advanced climbers can work on refining their technical abilities. There will be experienced instructors there to teach skills and assist people in solving particular climbing routes. The Climbing Wall is open only to students, faculty, and staff of Princeton University. PUID required. Children of members of the University community are allowed to climb only with a parent present. All climbers are required to sign a waiver. The Climbing Wall is the following times during the academic year except during breaks, reading period, and final exams. The Wall will not be open on Wednesday, November 24 or Friday, December 12.

Mondays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Fridays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

To climb at the Wall you can either pay for a pass each day or buy a Wall Card (a great deal if you climb more than once a week). In order to let you try this great sport "before you buy," new climbers can check out the wall for one free afternoon during open hours.

In order to purchase a card you must have your University ID. Cards can be purchased at the Climbing Wall. Payment is by cash, check, or University billing.

Belaying Classes & Climber Authorization: OA offers free belaying classes for new climbers to give you instruction on how to tie-in and belay. Belay classes are offered at 5:00 PM each day during regular Wall hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You should check in by 4:45 PM to get a harness and shoes. Only individuals who have passed the belaying course are eligible to belay at the Wall. For more information on belaying check out the OA Guide to Belaying at the Climbing Wall.

Off-hours Climbing: Climbers who have been tested and authorized by the Climbing Wall staff are eligible to climb at the Wall during off-hours. To be authorized you must have passed the Belaying Class and demonstrate proficiency in rope handling and setup. Off-hour climbers are required to purchase a Wall Pass. Please note that off-hours climbing is not permitted during scheduled Climbing Classes (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 PM).

OA Climbers

Rock Climbing Day Trips: Rock Climbing gives you a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally as you steadily work your way up a cliff face. OA is offering a number of Rock Climbing Day Trips designed to teach beginners basic climbing and rappelling skills and allow intermediate climbers to refine their climbing techniques. OA provides you with all the instruction and equipment to explore this exciting sport. No previous climbing experience is necessary. Course fee: students $15.00, faculty/staff $20.00. The trips will last all day and participants should bring lunch. In order for you to get the most climbing in, you are strongly urged to go down to the Climbing Wall one of the afternoons before your trip to learn how to use a sit harness and how to belay (see the Climbing Wall above). The schedule for trips (weather permitting) will be as follows:

Saturday, November 8
Saturday, November 15
Saturday, November 22

Introduction to Rock Climbing Course: If you are interested in learning to rock climb, then this 3-week course will teach you all the essential techniques of climbing, including tying in and belaying and specific climbing techniques like weight shifting, stemming, and laybacks. The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the Climbing Wall on November, 11, 13, 18, 20, and 25 with a day Rock Climbing Field trip to the Philadelphia Rock Gym on Sunday, November 23. Course fee: Students $65.00, faculty/staff $90.00 (plus Philadelphia Rock Gym day use fee).

Hiking

Mount Tammany Summit Hiking Day Trip: Late fall brings a spectacle of changing colors to the trails. Take a break and spend a day on an exhilarating hike. Join us on Saturday, November 8, on an exhilarating hike to the summit of Mount Tammany in the Delaware Water Gap. The trip will cover approximately 8 miles. Cost will be $9.00. Participants should have sturdy walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots and should bring lunch. Trip fee: students $9.00, faculty/staff $12.00.

Kayaking

Learn to Roll!

Beginners Kayaking Course: OA is offering a beginners kayaking course. The course covers basic flatwater paddling stokes and techniques on Lake Carnegie and local rivers. We then work on moving water maneuvers like Eddy Turns, Peel Outs, and Ferries. The course will meet on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 - 4:30 PM on November 8 and 15. There will be a practice session with the kayaks in Dillon Pool on Friday, November 7 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM. Course fee: students $40.00, faculty/staff $60.00, OA Leaders $20.00. All equipment will be provided by OA. If you have any questions, call Liam Pott (8-7333, billpott@princeton.edu)

Beginners Kayaking Eskimo Roll Classes: Winter is an excellent time to learn kayaking and a warm pool is the best place to learn how to Eskimo Roll (righting the kayak if you flip). Beginners will learn the Eskimo Roll and basic strokes. There will be two beginners classes, one from 7:30 - 9:00 PM and the other from 9:00 - 10:30 PM on Sunday nights starting on November 12 and running through December 10. Only sign up if you can attend all the classes. Due to the popularity of this course, participants will be selected off an interest list. Preference will be given to those who have previously taken an OA kayaking class. Participants are required to attend the Eskimo Roll Video on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 PM in McCosh 62 or Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 PM in McCosh 64 (see above). Course fee: students $45.00, faculty/staff $60.00.

Sunday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7
Sunday evenings, 9:00 – 10:30 PM, November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7

Advanced Whitewater Kayaking Trip: For experienced whitewater paddlers there will be an Advanced Whitewater Kayaking Trip to Tohickon Creek in Pennsylvania on Sunday, November 9. There is a scheduled dam release for that day to guarantee good water levels. The trip is limited to people who have previous whitewater experience at the Class III level and a reliable river roll. All equipment (wetsuits, PFD, helmet, kayak, etc.) will be provided by OA. Trip fee: students $18.00, faculty/staff $25.00 (discount if you provide your own equipment). The trip will last all day and participants should bring lunch. If you have not been on an OA paddling trip before, please fill out a paddler application detailing your previous experience (applications available at the OA Office on the 2nd Floor of Clio Hall).

Community Service

Princeton-Blairstown Center Woodcutters Volunteer Day: In the spirit of community service, join us up at the beautiful Princeton Blairstown Center on Saturday, November 15 for the 17th annual Woodcutters Weekend. You’ll spend a brisk fall day getting Blairstown ready for the winter season doing some trail restoration and wood cutting around the camp. There’s always some time for hanging out on the porch with hot cider and talking with new friends. The day is free and lunch and dinner are provided. There is some transportation available through OA or you can drive up on your own. To register, contact the Princeton-Blairstown Office at 8-3340. If you need a ride, sign up at the OA Office.

Blairstown Summer Camper Reunion: OA is hosting a reunion for local kids who participated in the Blairstown Summer Camp program this last summer. These are inner city youth from the surrounding area who will really benefit from spending the day with a Princeton student. We need lots of people to act as "buddies" for the kids as they come on campus on Saturday, November 22. Please sign up at Clio Hall to be paired with a summer camper. We will have a range of fun activities for kids to do. We are also looking for Student Organizations to help, so if your group would like to do a performance or workshop, contact the OA Office at 8-3552.

LAMP - Leadership Among Multicultural Persons: This is our second year working with a multicultural group of students from Princeton High School. This dedicated group of students has taken on the challenging task of working to combat racism in the Princeton school district through innovative performances at local elementary schools. Our work is to help them prepare themselves to be group facilitators for their upcoming work in local schools. We meet with them for 2 hours about every three weeks. If you are interested in working with this exciting project, sign up at the OA Office on the second floor of Clio Hall.

Issues Facing Urban Youth: Students and community service volunteers working with urban youth are often faced with challenging situations. In part, your ability to serve as an effective mentor is based on how well you understand the day-to-day issues and challenges that urban youth face. This panel will bring together a number of local urban youth advocates to focus on these issues. Small group discussions afterwards will give you an opportunity to share your own experiences and explore issues in more detail. Join us on Wednesday, November 12 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM (location to be announced). Cosponsored by Community House, Princeton Blairstown Center, and the Student Volunteers Council.

Managing Behavior with Youth at Risk: Developing an ongoing relationship with urban youth often means learning to set boundaries for appropriate behavior. For many, this is not an easy task and we avoid the role of "disciplinarian." However, many youth at risk really need strong role models in their lives who will set boundaries and help them learn appropriate behavior. If you want to be a truly effective mentor, you need a real understanding about how to manage difficult behavior. This workshop, cosponsored with Community House, Princeton Blairstown Center, and the Student Volunteers Council, will give you practical skills for handling those difficult situations. Join us on Wednesday, November 19 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM (location to be announced).

Intersession Trips

As cold weather sets in, thoughts turn to snow and the wonderful exhilaration of winter trips. To satisfy these yearnings, OA is offering a number of winter activities over Intersession. Sign-ups for these trips will begin immediately. Spaces are limited so please sign up early. You must pay the full fee for the trip at the time you sign up (check, cash or University Billing) in order to confirm your space. We will hold your space for 24 hours for the fee to be paid. Trip registration ends on Monday, December 8. All fees must be paid at that time. We cannot provide a full refund for cancellations after January 10 unless we are able to fill your space from a waiting list.

Cross-country Skiing

Cross-country Skiing Trips: Cross-country skis set you free to go almost anywhere on the snow. Suddenly the winter woods are white open. There is, of course, no better place in the east for cross-country skiing than Vermont. All levels of skiers are welcome from beginner to advanced, so no previous skiing experience is required. Beginners will be taught the fundamentals of in-track skiing while experienced skiers can be off skiing on their own. The trips will be staying in a rustic house in Rochester, Vermont, cooking their own meals, and skiing at some of the finest cross-country ski touring centers in the east. Each day the group can have a different skiing experience. In the evening you can sit around the wood stove and relax after a good meal. Trip fee: students $150.00, faculty/staff $200.00, which includes transportation, meals, lodging, ski equipment, and trail fees. There is a $25 discount if you have your own skis. The dates for the trips are as follows:

Saturday, January, 24 - Wednesday, January 28
Wednesday, January 28 - Sunday, February 1

WMA Wilderness First Responder Course: OA is sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course over Intersession taught by Wilderness Medical Associates. This is an excellent course for anyone spending extended periods in wilderness or remote environments including backpackers, paddlers, climbers, photographers, and scientists. This 72-hour intensive course is specifically designed to emphasize the wilderness context—remote locations, severe environments, and simple improvised equipment. The course will cover patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, trauma care, environmental emergencies, splints, wilderness rescue, and backcountry medicine. This is an intensive course that meets 10 hours each day with morning lectures and afternoon skills practice including simulated rescues, daily quizzes and a final exam. The course will run from Saturday, January 24 - Sunday, February 1 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM on February 1). The course will be held in A09 Jadwin Hall. Preference will be given to OA Leaders and Leaders-in-training. Course fee: OA Leaders $165.00, Princeton students $330.00, faculty/staff $380.00, outside the University $400.00.

OA Winter Trip

Beginners Winter Camping Trips: Snowshoeing through the deep forest, cooking on the snow, and sleeping in a snow cave are part of the special magic of camping in the winter. The 3,000-foot peaks of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts near Mount Greylock, serve as a spectacular backdrop for these Beginners Winter Camping Trips. Winter Camping is a demanding physical activity that builds on three season camping skills. Therefore, these trips are open only to those who have been on a previous OA backpacking trip (such as the OA Frosh Trip) or who have other backpacking experience. The trips will teach a broad range of winter camping skills, including snowshoeing, snow shelter construction, and basic winter travel skills. Most specialized winter equipment will be provided by OA. Persons interested in participating must attend the Winter Camping Seminar and the Hypothermia and Cold Weather Injuries Seminar or obtain the workshop notes from OA (also available on the OA Web Site). If you have questions about your skill level, please talk with the co-chairs of the Winter Committee, Aaron Harnly (8-9724) or Eliot Kent-Uritam (8-7022). Trip fee: students $95.00, faculty/staff $130.00.

Saturday, January, 24 - Tuesday, January, 27
Thursday, January 29 - Sunday, February 1

The Outdoor Action Leader Training Program

OA Backpacking Trip

Outdoor Action encourages all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the OA Leader Training Program. OA’s Leader Training Program is considered one of the most comprehensive in the nation and has been imitated by numerous other schools. In order to expand our Community Service Program, OA has developed a new set of trainings for students interested in volunteering with area youth and families.

 

Community Service Facilitator Requirements: As well as learning group games and initiatives, facilitation and processing skills, participants develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing urban youth and how to manage difficult behavior. Upon completion of the training program, you are eligible to facilitate youth at risk populations. You are also encouraged to become a trained Adventure Course Facilitator so that you can also work with groups on the OA Adventure Course.

Basic Wilderness Leader Requirements: As well as learning valuable wilderness skills, participants develop leadership, group facilitation, safety, and first aid skills. Upon completion of the training program, you are eligible to apply to lead OA trips. These trainings are offered several times each semester and are described in more detail below. You should plan your semester accordingly. The Leader Training Program is structured to build upon the skills learned throughout your training. The Leader Training Trip will serve to tie together all of the other skills that you have learned. Therefore, you should have completed all of the other Leader Training Requirements before taking your Leader Training Trip. You may still be completing requirements while you are taking the pre-trip 5-week classes for the Leader Training Trip, but you should have completed the other requirements before the 5-day trip begins. See the OA Leader Training Program section on the OA Web site for more information.

Backpacking Leader Training Courses: Leading a backpacking trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The Backpacking Leader Training Course is a 5-week course designed to teach all the wilderness skills necessary to lead multi-day backpacking trips, including route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, outdoor cooking, minimal impact camping, etc. The course will meet weekly and will culminate in a 5-day backpacking trip. Trip participants will plan all aspects of the trip, including route, food, and equipment, and each participant is required to research and teach a class on a particular wilderness topic. There will be several meeting times available for the pre-trip classes. You are required to attend all the weekly classes. The text for the course will be The Backpacker’s Field Manual, written by Outdoor Action and published by Random House. Trip leaders will set up class times for each group. There will be a number of trips offered both the first half and the second half of fall break. You will need to have completed all of the other OA Leader Requirements before fall break in order to go on the Leader Training Trip. Trip fee: students $105.00, faculty/staff $150.00 which includes The Backpacker’s Field Manual. (Note: Due to the need to drive further south, this trip is longer than a Fall or Spring Break trip and therefore is slightly more expensive). Participants must sign up by Friday, November 21. Trip dates:

Saturday, January 24 - Saturday, January 31
Location: Down south someplace warm!

There will also be Leader Training Courses during Spring Break and "Dead Week" after final exams in May.

First Aid, Safety, & CPR Training

HEART Wilderness First Aid & CPR Course: Health Education and Rescue Training (HEART) will be offering a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid Course which includes CPR. This intensive course will cover patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. This is an excellent course and is highly recommended to all wilderness travelers. The course is taught by experienced Wilderness First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. There is extensive hands-on practice of skills through realistic simulations of actual wilderness emergencies. We are tentatively offering two sections of this course, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. If there is not enough interest to fill both sections, we will offer one class. Sign up at the OA Office on the second floor of Clio Hall. Course fee: students $60.00, faculty/staff $85.00. There will be two sections offered:

Adult CPR Courses: There will be a number of CPR courses offering certification in Adult CPR given by HEART (Health Education and Rescue Training). Course fee: students $16.00, faculty/staff $20.00. The course dates will be:

Sunday, November 16, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, 219 East Pyne
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, 219 East Pyne

Outdoor Safety Management Seminar: Please see the description of this program above. Sign-up at the OA Office. The seminar will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 10, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM in McCosh 64
Thursday, December 11, from 7:30 - 9:30 PM in McCosh 64

WMA Wilderness First Responder Course: See the description of this course in the Intersession section above. The course will run from Saturday, January 24 - Sunday, February 1 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM on February 1). The course will be held in A09 Jadwin Hall. Preference will be given to OA Leaders and Leaders-in-training. Course fee: OA Leaders $165.00, Princeton students $330.00, faculty/staff $380.00, outside the University $400.00. Successful completion of this course will make you eligible to teach the HEART Wilderness First Aid Course (and get paid for it!) If leaders are unable to pay the full course fee there are two options. Payment can be spread out over the semester, or if you teach for HEART after completing the course, we can put your HEART salary towards the cost of the course.

Van Driver Training: OA Leaders are strongly encouraged to become authorized van drivers. You must attend a two-hour training class and complete a 15-minute road test. The class is held in McCosh 66 (late arrivals are not permitted to attend). After you have taken the class you can sign up for a time slot for the road test (generally on Sunday afternoons following the class). Additional information can be obtained by calling the Public Safety Office. Van Driver Training Classes will be offered at the following times. Additional classes will be offered next semester.

Thursday, November 20, 1997, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 1997, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Group Building & Leadership Development Programs

Outdoor Action is expanding its leadership development program through a series of workshops developed in collaboration with the Student Volunteers Council, the Women’s Center, Community House, the Dean of Student Life Office, and the Princeton Blairstown Center. Other specific workshops will be offered focusing on specific issues such as Working with Urban Youth, etc. (see the Community Service section above).

Facilitator’s Workshop: Facilitating groups requires developing special sensitivities to teachable moments. The facilitator’s role is to provide an experience and then, through guided reflection and exploration, encourage personal growth and development. This workshop will train OA leaders or others interested in group facilitation in specific techniques including group contracts, sequencing activities, and debriefing and processing techniques. This is a hands-on, experiential workshop where we will utilize a variety of group initiatives to discover the fundamental principles of facilitation. Be prepared to have fun! Join us on Saturday, November 15 from 12:30 - 6:00 PM. This workshop is open to anyone interested in developing their skills in working with groups. There is no fee for this workshop.

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop: One of the greatest challenges of being a group leader is learning how to lead and motivate a group, and how to use the small group experiences to promote self-exploration and learning. The Leadership and Group Dynamics Workshop is designed to teach OA leaders, SVC Volunteers, Community House Tutors and others how to effectively lead groups. The workshop will focus on listening and communication skills, stages of group development, conflict resolution, and the situational leadership model. This is a hands-on, experiential based workshop so be prepared to be active and to have fun. The workshop will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM in Liberation Hall at the Third World Center. This workshop is open to anyone interested in developing their skills in working with groups. There is no fee for this workshop. You must have completed the Facilitators Workshop previously in order to attend.

Special Advanced Training for OA Leaders

See the latest OA Leader Newsletter.

Other Training Programs

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course: The Princeton EMT Association is working on plans for an EMT course this spring. The course will begin in late January and meet for 3 hours two evenings a week until mid-May (including several Saturdays). The course is an intensive first aid program with a great deal of advanced, hands-on training. Anyone who is interested in upgrading his or her first aid training and certification should consider EMT training. It is an extensive time commitment (approximately 120 hours). Registration for the course will be the first week of January. Cost for the course will be approximately $160.00, although discounts are offered for those who agree to serve on a New Jersey First Aid Squad. If you have additional questions, contact Jackie Lu at 8-9392 (jackielu@princeton.edu) or check at the OA Office for the registration date. OA will be offering transportation on the registration night of the course only. You can also register by mail. Sign up at the OA office. You will be responsible for your own transportation for the remainder of the course. Rides are generally available from other students who are taking the course.

OA Resources

Outdoor Action Library: OA has an extensive library of over 500 titles covering such subjects as backpacking, outdoor cooking, bike touring and repair, canoeing, caving, climbing, cross-country skiing, mountaineering, wilderness first aid, and wilderness survival. There are also numerous guidebooks to wilderness areas, as well as reference manuals on a wide variety of outdoor sports. OA also has subscriptions to Backpacker, Canoe, Cross-country Skier, and other magazines, as well as an extensive collection of videotapes on such topics as expeditionary mountaineering, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, bike touring, wilderness first aid and wilderness photography. All of these are available for perusal or borrowing from the OA Office. The OA Library List is posted at the Outdoor Action Web Site. You can browse the title list by subject.

OA Web Site: Come see why people from all over the world turn to the OA Web Site for the best information on outdoor education. All of the outdoor workshops offered by OA are all available on the OA Web Site (www.princeton.edu/~oa).

Other Programs

First Aid and CPR Instructors Needed: HEART (Health Education and Rescue Training) is the student organization on campus that offers specialized first aid and CPR training to the University community. HEART needs instructors to teach their Wilderness First Aid Course as well as CPR courses. HEART instructors are paid for teaching courses. In order to teach the Wilderness First Aid Course you must be certified at a higher level such as NASAR Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. If you are interested in becoming a HEART Wilderness First Aid instructor, contact Norman Leung at 8-7161 (npleung@princeton.edu) or Katie Siquig at 8-8763 (kmsiquig@princeton.edu). Outdoor Action will be offering a 64-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course taught by rescue professionals from Wilderness Medical Associates during Intersession in January. If you are interested in becoming a HEART CPR instructor, you must be currently certified in CPR and take a CPR instructor training course. To find out about becoming a CPR instructor, contact Ashley McCowen at 8-7314 (smccowen@princeton.edu).

Jobs

Outdoor/Environmental Jobs and Internships: Persons interested in summer positions or in post-graduation careers involving the outdoors should examine three monthly publications that are kept in the Jobs Book in the OA Office. The Environmental Opportunities Newsletter, Association for Experiential Education Jobs Clearing House, and SCA Earthworks list positions available in environmental education, outdoor education, environmental lobbying, research, and teaching. For job counseling services see Rick Curtis or the Career Services Office. See Outdoor and Environmental Careers Workshop above or the OA Guide to Outdoor & Environmental Careers on the Web.

Summer Jobs with Outdoor Action: The OA Frosh Trip is the largest program of it’s kind in the country. It takes a lot of preparation to handle more that 750 leaders and participants each year. This year we are looking for the program to grow even more. Once again OA will hire two leaders to work full-time from the end of exams through the Frosh Trip (this amounts to 12 weeks of work with 2 weeks off). For anyone interested in logistics, equipment, management, and organization skills, this is a fascinating job. Logistics planning, route planning, menu planning, equipment inventory and ordering, trip assignments, researching new areas, etc. It’s a great learning opportunity for people interested in working in outdoor education. In addition, summer staff lead some day and weekend trips during the summer. It’s both a fun summer and gratifying to see the end result of all your efforts, another successful Frosh Trip. Qualifications: You must have completed all of the leader training requirements, have lead at least one multi-day OA trip and be an authorized van driver. Salary: The job will pay $3,600 for the summer. If you are interested in working with OA over the summer, please stop by the OA Office to pick up a summer job application.

Princeton Blairstown Center: The Princeton Blairstown Center has openings for summer staff in its summer camp program. Each summer PBC offers an outdoor adventure program for urban youth ages 10 - 17. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work in the outdoors. Persons interested should contact the Blairstown Office at 908-362-6765 for additional information and applications. Additional information is available at the OA Office or check out the Blairstown Web site.

Equipment

For information on Equipment to take on trips include personal equipment, group equipment, and first aid gear, check out the OA Equipment List Page.

Equipment Room: The Outdoor Action Equipment Room is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8:00 - 10:00 PM throughout the semester (with the exception of school breaks and final exams). OA has a wide variety of backpacking, general camping, biking, and other equipment available for rental by the general University community on a minimal rental fee basis. If you are interested in running your own trip and need equipment (sleeping bags, backpacks, bike panniers, stoves, cooking gear, etc.), please come by the OA Equipment Room located in the basement of 48 University Place (8-6417). For more information check out the OA Equipment Rental Brochure.

OA T-shirts: OA T-shirts and are available for $10.00 at the OA Office.

Lost and Found from the Frosh Trip: There are a number items left over after FT ’97, including sleeping bags, boots, and clothing. If you are missing something, check at the OA Equipment Room on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 8:00 - 10:00 PM or contact the OA Office at 8-3552.

OA Calendar

Monday, November 3 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Wednesday, November 5 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Thursday, November 6 THE KAYAK ESKIMO ROLL VIDEO
7:30 - 8:30 PM, McCosh 62
Friday, November 7 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
BEGINNERS KAYAKING POOL CLASS
7:30 – 9:30 PM, Dillon Pool
Saturday, November 8 BASIC ROCK CLIMBING TRIP
MOUNT TAMMANY SUMMIT HIKE
BEGINNERS KAYAKING COURSE
Sunday, November 9 ADVANCED WHITEWATER KAYAKING TRIP
THE KAYAK ESKIMO ROLL VIDEO
5:00 - 6:00 PM, McCosh 64
BEGINNERS KAYAKING ESKIMO ROLL CLASSES BEGIN
7:30 - 9:00 PM, Dillon Pool
9:00 - 10:30 PM, Dillon Pool
Monday, November 10 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Tuesday, November 11 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Wednesday, November 12 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
ISSUES FACING URBAN YOUTH
7:30 – 9:00 PM, location
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Thursday, November 13 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION B
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Friday, November 14 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Saturday, November 15 ROCK CLIMBING TRIP
BEGINNERS KAYAKING COURSE
BLAIRSTOWN WOODCUTTERS VOLUNTEERDAY
FACILITATOR’S WORKSHOP
12:30 – 6:00 PM, location
Sunday, November 16 BEGINNERS CAVING TRIP
ADULT CPR
1:00 - 5:00 PM, East Pyne 219
BEGINNERS KAYAKING ESKIMO ROLL CLASSES
7:30 - 9:00 PM, Dillon Pool
9:00 - 10:30 PM, Dillon Pool
Monday, November 17 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Tuesday, November 18 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION B
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Wednesday, November 19 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
MANAGING BEHAVIOR WITH YOUTH AT RISK
7:30 – 9:30 PM, location
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Thursday, November 20 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
VAN DRIVER TRAINING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, McCosh 66
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Friday, November 21 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Saturday, November 22 ROCK CLIMBING TRIP
PRINCETON-BLAIRSTOWN SUMMER CAMPER REUNION
Sunday, November 23 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE FIELD CLASS
BEGINNERS KAYAKING ESKIMO ROLL CLASSES
7:30 - 9:00 PM, Dillon Pool
9:00 - 10:30 PM, Dillon Pool
Monday, November 24 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Tuesday, November 25 BEGINNERS ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION B
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Sunday, November 30 BEGINNERS KAYAKING ESKIMO ROLL CLASSES
7:30 - 9:00 PM, Dillon Pool
9:00 - 10:30 PM, Dillon Pool
Monday, December 1 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Tuesday, December 2 WINTER TRAVEL 1 - WINTER CAMPING SEMINAR
7:30 - 9:30 PM, Robertson Hall Bowl 6
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION B
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Wednesday, December 3 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Thursday, December 4 HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Friday, December 5 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
Saturday, December 6 LEADERSHIP & GROUP DYNAMICS WORKSHOP
9:30 AM- 5:30 PM, Location
Sunday, December 7 BEGINNERS KAYAKING ESKIMO ROLL CLASSES
7:30 - 9:00 PM, Dillon Pool
9:00 - 10:30 PM, Dillon Pool
ADULT CPR
1:00 - 5:00 PM, East Pyne 219
Monday, December 8 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
OUTDOOR/ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS WORKSHOP
7:30 – 9:30 PM, Robertson Hall Room 3
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION A
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Tuesday, December 9 WINTER TRAVEL 2 - HYPOTHERMIA & COLD WEATHER INJURIES SEMINAR 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Robertson Hall Bowl 6
HEART WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE SECTION B
7:30 - 10:30 PM, Joseph Henry Lounge, Jadwin Hall
Wednesday, December 10 CLIMBING WALL OPEN HOURS
4:30 – 6:30 PM, Armory
OUTDOOR SAFETY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 64
Thursday, December 11 OUTDOOR SAFETY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 64

Intersession Trips

Saturday, January 24 –
Tuesday, January 27
BEGINNERS WINTER CAMPING TRIP
Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts
Saturday, January 24 -
Wednesday, January 28
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRIP
House Trip, Rochester Vermont
Saturday, January 24 -
Saturday, January 31
BACKPACKING LEADER TRAINING TRIP
Someplace Warm!
Saturday, January 24 -
Sunday, February 1
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSE
A09 Jadwin Hall
Wednesday, January 28 -
Sunday, February 1
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRIP
House Trip, Rochester Vermont
Thursday, January 29 -
Sunday, February 1
BEGINNERS WINTER CAMPING TRIP
Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts

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