This next level of outdoor education also includes a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, taught by Wilderness Medical Associates International, which certifies each student is trained in the basics of first aid best practices in a wilderness setting. Students may also obtain CPR certification. These certifications are helpful to many students interested in extensive backcountry adventures or pursuing careers in outdoor recreation.
We then spend an additional two days at an encampment on our 400-acre peninsula, where you will hone the skills needed to successfully complete the most difficult challenge: a 48-hour solo camping experience.
A sample of activities and topics we cover includes:
- Wilderness Risk Management
- Leave No Trace Ethics
- Metabolism Management in the Backcountry
- Proper Layering Technique
- Campfire and Campstove Cooking
- Map and Compass Navigation
- Campsite & Tent Setup
- Team Leadership Styles and Roles
- Learning Your Challenge & Opportunity Zones
- Solos: Camping Alone
- DIY Backcountry Trip Planning
All students participate in our Outdoor Living Skills program, which is woven into the curriculum in weekend programming and trips throughout the semester. Our program emphasizes leadership skills in the …
Extending Our Classroom to the Outdoors Backcountry Expeditions are a highlight of the Maine Coast Semester experience, allowing students to connect with nature and each other in a deep and …