IDP Program

Interested in becoming a member of the Outdoor Adventures trip staff or learning valuable leadership skills? Our IDP program is for you! The IDP consists of multiple one hour clinics designed to develop skill and understanding in various leadership competencies needed to be an effective leader, particularly in the outdoors. 

Participants must take three Foundation classes, three Essential classes, and have been on, or take, two Outdoor Adventures trips to start apprenticing. Elective classes are optional but highly recommended! Each class is only an hour long - free to CSUB students, $5 for faculty and staff! Sign up at the SRC Front Desk.

Being an outdoor leader is more than being able to climb or paddle; it’s a partnership of passion, training and experience. The IDP will provide you with the tools to pursue a life of adventure. Whether you want to be Outdoor Adventures Trip Staff, work for camps or other adventure programs, or just looking to enhance your personal pursuits; IDP has something for everyone.

Becoming a Trip Leader | Informational Meeting | SRC Upstairs Conference Room
January 31st | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Wednesday
Attend this meeting to find out how you can become a trip leader for the Outdoor Adventures program. We will review skills you must have to be able to lead students on trips, and how to gain those skills. Any questions that you may have about the Outdoor Adventures program will be answered during this meeting.

Intro and History | Foundations
February 5th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Monday
February 8th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Thursday
This clinic will tell you all you need to know about the IDP process.  After this clinic you will know what to expect from the IDP process and any remaining questions will be answered. Learn the rich history of outdoor recreation and education from its beginning through the development of CSUB's very own Outdoor Adventures Program, which began in 2014. 
Decision Making and Judgement | Essentials
February 13th | 11:00am-12:00pm | Tuesday
As a leader, your usefulness to the group is dependent upon your ability to make and implement effective decisions.  This clinic will discuss decision making strategies and the traps that many leaders fall into when making decisions.  Utilizing good judgement is essential to all decisions that you make, and this clinic will teach you about best practices and available resources to make judgement calls.
Leadership and Learning Styles | Essentials
February 21st | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Wednesday
Every person has different leadership and learning styles. This clinic will help you to understand the general traits associated with your leadership style, as well as ideas of how to effectively work with other leadership styles. We will also delve into discussion on different styles of learning that are unique to each person and use that knowledge to help develop your teaching skills as a leader.
Group Dynamics | Essentials
February 26th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Monday
Participants on an outdoor trip generally form a group that can pass through several stages of development.  The ability to identify the stages of a group will enable you to understand and predict the behavior of the group and even better allow you to subtly intervene and guide the group towards the ultimate goal of development—a community.
Philosophy and Roles | Foundations
March 5th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Monday
March 8th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Thursday
Understanding the reasons why people recreate in the outdoors is an important part of developing as an outdoor leader. This clinic will teach you the philosophies and theories that have shaped the outdoor industry and our own Outdoor Adventures Program. The insight into the purpose of our program is a valuable guide for anyone looking to become a member of the trip staff.
Gender in the Outdoors | Electives
March 13th | 11:00am-12:00pm | Tuesday         
This clinic will breakdown stereotypes in the outdoor industry concerning the saturation of ads, and perceptions that it is a male dominated field. This clinic will focus on the importance for us as leaders to understand the impact of these perceptions, and how we can progress as a profession into a greater understanding of issues concerning gender.
Teaching and Facilitation | Essentials
March 21st | 1:00pm-2:00pm - Wednesday
This clinic will discuss tips and tricks that will enable you to teach lessons and skills in the field in effective and fun ways.  Sometimes teaching your participants isn’t the best method in which to deliver a lesson.  There are times that you may prefer to facilitate your participants’ learning instead.  Learn when to teach and when to facilitate and how to do both in this workshop.
First Aid Kits | Electives
April 2nd | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Monday
First Aid kits are essential to any outdoor outing whether on a personal trip or group adventure. This clinic will delve into what you should have in your personal first aid kits, and what as a leader is appropriate to have in your group kit.
Debriefing Communication | Essentials
April 5th | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Thursday
Debriefing an experience is always a bit tricky.  This clinic will provide debriefing techniques and activities you’ll be able to utilize for a variety of experiences and trips.  Additionally, as an outdoor leader you will often serve as both the chief source of information and the moderator of communication.  This workshop will provide you with effective debriefing and communication tools.
Risk Management in a Wilderness Setting | Foundations
April 9th | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Monday
April 12th | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Thursday
Managing risk in wilderness settings is one of the most important skills you can develop as an outdoor leader. This clinic will teach you the importance of how a leader can manage risk properly in the field, discuss the various types of risk, and how to assess risk and potential hazards.
Trip Planning | Essentials
April 17th | 11:00am-12:00pm | Tuesday
Prior planning prevents poor performance.  The more organization that goes into a trip, the less likely something will go wrong and the more likely you can recover when things don’t go as planned.  Learn the why, who, where, when, what, and what if elements of a trip plan.  This clinic will help you delve into the process of trip planning.