August 27, 2012

Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE)

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Want to make new friends?

Give back to your community?

Explore the outdoors?

Learn about conservation?

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The Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE) program develops Roaring Fork Valley high school students’ outdoor leadership and travel skills and engages participants in today’s environmental issues.   This service-learning program educates and empowers youth through outdoor stewardship projects that strengthen their connection to the community and public lands.

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Participants will:

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[li]Participate in stewardship projects on trails, farms, and other public lands[/li]
[li]Rock climb, snowshoe, downhill ski, and backpack[/li]
[li]Receive training in  wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace ethics, and trail crew leader skills[/li]

[li]Plan, advertise, and lead an environmental service project for other local youth[/li]
[li]Develop leadership, communication, and group facilitation skills[/li]
[li]Build relationships with students from different schools[/li]

[li]Learn from local conservation organizations, educators, and nonprofits[/li]
[li]Depending on the school, receive academic credit for participation[/li]
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SOLE meets on average once a month from September 2014 to May 2015, with a week-long backpacking trip June 11-15, 2015.  Trainings will typically take place on Saturdays with the exception of the winter hut trip.  Participants must attend the kick-off on Saturday, September 27, from 9am- 5pm.

 

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If you are a high school student, we invite you to apply to become a participant in this program. [list type=”plus”]

[li]Please review the  SOLE Project Schedule to confirm your availability.[/li]

[li]Then, download and submit the SOLE Application. Or, fill it out online.[/li]

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Applications are being accepted for this year’s program!

If you have questions, please contact Jared McDaniel, RFOV Youth Coordinator, at 970.927.8241 or jmcdaniel@rfov.org.

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Check Out The 2012 Video!

Thanks to Anders Nordblom for producing this video!

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“The best part about my experience is being part of an amazing group of people that share the same ambitions and enjoy being around one another.  I have become more aware of the environment around me and have begun to recognize the importance of the valley I live in.” 

Rene, 2012-2013 participant

 

“I appreciate that the program offers teens a healthy, guided way to connect in the outdoors doing meaningful work. I love that it educates them about their surroundings and environmental issues.”

Linda Drobinske-Baker, parent of a 2012-2013 participant

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