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AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership : Trip Planning * Group Dynamics * Decision Making * Leading Youth * Risk Management



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Appalachian Mountain Club Books
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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 9/14/2010.

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This completely revised and updated handbook details the critical skills and concepts every professional or volunteer outdoors leader needs to know. Building on the basic foundations of leadership, case studies, and his own extensive leadership experience, Kosseff explores such topics as effective decision-making, group dynamics, risk management, self-awareness and evaluation, conservation, and more. Also included is a new chapter on techniques for leading and motivating kids and young adults.Comprehensive, readable, and packed with practical advice and real-life experiences,AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition is a must-read for anyone committed to becoming a safe and effective outdoors leaderr, whether a scout leader, camp leader, guide, educator, or adventurous parent. Inside you'll find:Accessible, comprehensive techniques for new and experienced leadersComprehensive coverage of leadership conceptsAdvice and anecdotes from experts on decision making, communication, risk management, and moreAppendix of training programsEssential reading lists for further study

Author Biography

Alex Kosseff is Program Director for Adventure Safety International LLC, where he specializes in risk management audits, leadership training, and advising volunteer-based organizations. Kosseff is also an assistant instructor for Aerie Backcountry Medicine, a lead instructor for the Montana Mountaineering Association, and a chief instructor and staff trainer for Outward Bound.  Formerly the leadership director for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Alex has led wilderness trips for a wide range of organizations and is an avid backpacker, skier, and climber.  He lives in Bozeman, Montana.


Table of Contents

Foundations of Leadership
Decision Making
Field Safety
Leading Youth: get the kids outside!
Expedition Behavior
Effective Communication
Teaching & Facilitation
Trip Planning
Organizational Risk Management
Environmental Stewardship
Learning to Lead
Don't Forget to Have Fun
Training Resources
Selected References
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