These are just a few of some outstanding photos taken by AE Major Dylan Weldin in instuctor Ball’s rock climbing class this semester. These guys are doing their learning “on the rocks”….Class goes out to various local locations to practice rappels, belays, and all the necessary risk management issues that come with this type activity. On an experiential level, they are learning valuable lessons in critical thinking, team building and leadership skills. These are skills that can be applied to any career path a student may choose. Most of our AE majors are interested in doing therapy work with at-risk populations, children and young adults.
As an example to our students, Program Director Dr. Bob Stremba used skills similar to what the Top Rope Rock Climbing class were learning. Over the summer of 2010 Bob instructed an Outward Bound course in the Colorado Rockies for teens who have lost a family member through death. “On ‘Heroic Journey’ I was impressed how these kids embraced the challenges of backpacking, rock climbing, and a high ropes course.” They dedicated their climb of a 13,000 peak to the one they lost, then built a rock cairn with each of their names on it. The combination of inspiring wilderness, with a supportive group of others who have been through the same circumstances was a wonderful example of how adventure education, in this case through Outward Bound, has such a strong effect.”
WHY ADVENTURE EDUCATION ROCKS AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE!! This is just one way in which our students can utilize their degree in Adventure Education. If the word “Education” inspires you at least as much as the word “Adventure”, then this may just be the program for you!