Outdoor Adventure Program

Instructional Workshops for the Outdoors

The Campus Recreation Center offers a variety of outdoor adventures for everyone. For those who would like to gain more in-depth knowledge about such things as maintaining your own bike, planning a fun and safe outdoor adventure for yourself, friends, or family, we offer the following courses:

Trip Leader Training How to Change a Tire Basic Bike Maintenance
Women's Only Bike Repair & Maintenance Biking 102 Learn to Ride a Bike
Wilderness First Responder Certification
Wilderness First Aid

Outdoor Adventure Trip Leader Training

Those interested in a paid trip leader position with the Outdoor Adventure Program we ask that you first successfully complete a Trip Leader Training Course held during the Fall 2014 semester. More information on this course and how to sign up is below. We hope you join us!

This course includes:tripleadertraining
  • 8, 2-hour workshops (Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m., Sept. 17 - Nov. 5, 2014) 
  • 1 weekend overnight training trip (Oct. 4-5, 2014) 
  • Free access to OAP trip equipment throughout course
Course Content:
This course will cover the following skills.
  • Human skills: Leadership, Group Management, Decision-Making, Risk Management, Communication, Expedition Behavior, & Challenge by Choice.
  • Teaching skills: Teaching & Learning, Giving & Receiving Feedback, Coaching, Lesson Planning.
  • Wilderness Living Skills: Trip Planning, Food Planning and Packing, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Clothing and Layering, Packing a Backpack, Campsite Set-up (including tent and tarp set up), Securing Food (use of a bear hang), Stove Use, Cooking, Sanitation in the backcountry, Water Treatment, Sleeping Systems, Campfire set-up, Navigation/Orientation, First aid and Evacuation.

Fees: $40

Expectations:

  • Students must come ready to learn and lead.
  • Students must attend all workshops and trips
  • No previous outdoor experience is required.
  • Students must acquire a personal set of  hiking boots (at least mid-weight) before the first overnight trip (more information will provided at first workshop).

Upon successful completion, staff may be hired to assist or lead trips staring in the spring semester and beyond. Additional skill-specific trainings (rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, xc skiing, snowshoeing, SUP boarding,etc) will be provided in the late fall and spring.

Trip Leader benefits:

Learn to Ride

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Cost: $10  Includes Bicycle, Helmet, and Instruction, those with their own bike are encouraged to bring it to the workshop.

To Register: Visit the Bike Shop in the Campus Recreation Center or select the date and time below to register online.
Dates: Contact the bike shop to schedule a time that works for you 978-934-6797.

This workshop is for beginners, and we mean Beginners. If you want to learn how to ride a bike, or haven't been on a bike for 10 years, join us for this interactive workshop. We believe everyone can learn the joy of riding a bike. Our patient mechanics will work with participants at their level to get comfortable and have fun riding. 

How To Change A Tire

Cost: $15  Includes set of new tire levers and bike tube for each person, and instruction. Bring your own bike if you have one, or let us know if you need one.
To Register: Visit the Bike Shop in the Campus Recreation Center
Dates: Contact the bike shop to schedule a time that works for you 978-934-6797.

Knowing how to fix your flat tire is an essential skill for anyone who travels by bike. If you have ever been caught away from home with a flat, you know it is not fun. Participants are asked to bring in their own bike, and will be provided with a spare tube and tire levers both to practice with during the workshop, and to take with them when they leave. Contact us in advance if you need to borrow a bike for the workshop.

Basic Bike Maintenance   

Cost: $20  Includes multi-tool for practice and take-home, instruction, and use of shop tools.
To Register: Visit the Bike Shop in the Campus Recreation Center
Dates: Contact the bike shop to schedule a time that works for you 978-934-6797.

This workshop lasts 2 hours and teaches participants how to assess the condition of all parts of their bike, how to keep it clean and lubricated, and will provide an overview of basic tune up skills. Each skill will be reviewed by a mechanic, then participants will practice on their own bike with feedback. No previous experience in bike repair or maintenance required

This workshop is not intended as a repair service bikes that are broken or in poor condition. Please contact us if we need to provide a bike for your practice during the workshop.

women can fix bikesWomen's Only Bike Repair & Maintenance   

Cost: $20  Includes multi-tool for practice and take-home, instruction, and use of shop tools.

To Register: Visit the Bike Shop in the Campus Recreation Center
Dates: Contact the bike shop to schedule a time that works for you 978-934-6797.

This is our Basic Bicycle Maintenance class offered exclusively for women! With the guidance of our mechanics, you will get your hands dirty learning all the ins and outs of keeping your bike cleaned and lubricated, as well as addressing common maintenance such as shifting and gear adjustments, brake adjustments, flat tires, and troubleshooting. No experience necessary.

Biking 102 

Cost: $10  Includes Bicycle, Helmet, and Instruction, those with their own bike are encouraged to bring it.
To Register: Visit the Bike Shop in the Campus Recreation Center
Dates: Contact the bike shop to schedule a time that works for you 978-934-6797.

This workshop is for those who know how to ride but would like to improve their skills and learn safe riding in a city environment. We will review and practice techniques for sharing the road while enjoying a ride around the city. Our patient mechanics will work with participants at their level to get comfortable and have fun riding.

Wilderness First Aid and First Responder Certification Classes

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification or WFR - Recertification, November 22-23, 2014

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The WFA course is 2 days long and teaches a basic level of first aid training in the wilderness context. This course is for those who enjoy going on short wilderness trips and are seeking to gain a better understanding of how to manage and treat a variety of medical issues in the wilderness context. Those seeking to re-certify their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) may also enroll in the course. You must have an active CPR Certification to re-certify. SOLO increased their rates this year; this is reflected in the increase in our fees.

The WFR course is 9-days long and takes an in-depth look at responding to medical issues and emergencies in the wilderness context. Instructors teach participants standards and skills in dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies in the wilderness context. The course includes practical application scenarios. Take it to the next wilderness medical level and get certified. No medical experience required.

Fees: Early Bird (Until October 1): Student - $500 / Non-Student - $600.
Lodging: A number of hotels are available in the area and can be found through a simple google search. Housing in the Campus Recreation Center is available  at a cost of $10 per night, or $100 for the duration of the course. Participants will be sleeping 'camp' style, on mats and sleeping bags in a fitness studio. Food is not provided. There is a kitchenette in the facility with a refrigerator, dishes, cabinet storage, a microwave, and toaster that will be accessible to participants. A visit to a local grocery store will be arranged for those staying overnight. Participants who choose this option will also have access to the recreation center facilities for the duration of their stay (including locker rooms, showers, sauna, gyms, weight room, racquetball court, and fitness equipment).
Parking: Free street parking is available but not guaranteed. Fee parking in a nearby parking garage is also available.
Instructed by 
SOLO Wilderness Medicine
Registration: Register at CRC welcome desk or register online.
Contact: Ken Follette with any questions at 978-934-6797