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Adventure Education & Leadership Major Sheet (PDF)

The Adventure Education & Leadership major at Asbury is uniquely designed to allow students to remain fully immersed in the Asbury community while still receiving technical training in a large variety of field-based pursuits.

Are you considering a career in:

  • Assisting others in making positive life-long leisure choices?
  • Designing and/or leading leisure programs?
  • Working at day and/or residential camps?
  • Supervising recreation program areas and/or facilities (public, private, faith-based)?
  • Working as a park ranger or other staff member in a natural resource venue?

If you answered affirmatively to any of these questions then an Adventure Education & Leadership major might be your choice at Asbury. You can find our graduates working as public park directors and program supervisors, university aquatic directors and facility managers, National and State Park Rangers, and recreational instructors for exceptional learners.

Many of our current students seek summer employment as day camp or residential camp counselors, program leaders (aquatics, adventure trip guides, ropes course facilitators, sports skills camps, etc.).

The good news: future career opportunities in recreation appear strong. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 edition), the full-time job market outlook is expected to grow “faster than average” (15%) and part-time, seasonal, and temporary positions outlook is “good.”

Come for a visit, meet our faculty, and current students, see our facilities, while capturing a glimpse of how Asbury University and the pursuit of an Adventure Education & Leadership major or minor could fit into the future plans God might have in mind for you!

Key Points:

  • Adventure Education & Leadership is an experiential program designed to combine the theories and practices behind experiential education. Theoretical courses in Experiential Education, Outdoor Education, Stewardship, and Leadership are merged with technical courses in Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Caving, Wilderness Travel, and Wilderness medicine.
  • Students will receive certifications in Wilderness First Responder, Challenge Course Facilitation, and a variety of field experiences including leadership opportunities for outside groups.
  • The essence of the program’s design is learning through experience, giving students opportunities to lead in actual hands-on adventure education and wilderness endeavors. During their study, students will participate in a block semester developed to allow complete immersion in the subject matter. This block centers around the adventure leadership aspect of the major, allowing students to focus on field experience, certification courses, small group dynamics, and technical skills application in their courses.
  • Students interested in camp ministry, outdoor and guiding professions, wilderness therapy, experiential education, and environmental education would find this major highly beneficial to their pursuits. Additionally, students desiring practical leadership experience should consider this minor as a valuable addition to majors in business, communications and others.
  • For more information please contact Trent Ellsworth, Director, Center for Adventure Leadership, or call (859) 858-3511, x2491.