Base Camp

is the resource guide for this OLP created in 2014.

Students enjoy an authentic challenge, if it is safe, socially, physically and emotionally.

The primary goal of this website: What are the most effective non-cognitive skills for the 21st century student?  The secondary goal for this project is how can an Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) use the five non-cognitive skills of a growth mindset, resilience, autonomy, self-worth and self-discipline, to better develop student leaders?

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The Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) website will enrich current outdoor experiential curriculum or may be used to craft academically engaging non-cognitive based skills in any learning environment. A fully functioning OLP will challenge the skills of its participants, increase character development and self-awareness. As students work with the content of this site, the process will be just as important as the final outcome. Mistakes are a necessary source of personal growth, allowing students to learn how to create positive outcomes from failure.


21st Century Competencies
21st Century Competencies Objectives


To learn how to introduce non-cognitive skills: Rationale 

To learn general strategies of non-cognitive skills: Strategies

To learn about activities that practice non-cognitive skills: Activities

Resources to support the Outdoor Leadership ProgramWebsite Links

To find more information and resource worksheets: Resources

Discussion, ideas, and other content: Blog

Looking for safe anchors
Leaders set safety as a top priority.


A leader has to be the “rock.”  Sometimes on a trip you’ll have negative and fearful people who drain energy from everyone. The leader has to operate in the opposite direction. The leader has to be not only a role model, but a source of energy and inspiration for the entire team.

~Peter Whittaker, climber/guide,
Summits Adventure Travel