Outdoor Leadership Program for Youth

Lunch in Mondolkiri
Sit and spot on the cliff in Kirirom
Making fire
Morning in Mondolkiri

Last year we had Outdoor leadership exploration which we learn about outdoor skills and here is the link to what I wrote at that time  http://chetra.ligeracademyblog.org/2019/02/13/outdoor-leadership-exploration/. I was very lucky to be able to experience this. As a change agent, we created Outdoor program exploration which we create the program for Cambodia youth to share our knowlnge to all of them.  

In this program we have out impact statement which state “To empower Cambodian youth to be outdoor leaders and environmental stewards by introducing them to natural spaces, raising awareness of conservation threats, and nurturing the passion and skills needed to positively impact their communities.” 


Our Goals:

  1. Participants will be exposed to natural spaces in their provinces they may not have known about before and experience them in a way that encourages environmental stewardship
  2. Participants will learn backcountry survival, leadership, and teamwork skills including trip planning and preparation; leave-no-trace policies; travel; camping; risk management; wilderness medicine and emergency first-aid training; group leadership and facilitation; and self-awareness through challenge by choice and calculated risk-taking


  1. Participants will learn how to observe the natural world around them and develop an appreciation and wonder for natural spaces in their own province


  1. Participants will feel empowered to become environmental leaders in their school communities by sharing their knowledge with peers and creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems (planting trees, picking up trash, reducing waste, etc.)


  1. Participants will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones and build self-awareness by interacting with new people and adapting to new environments and situations



  1. Participants will be encouraged to break down gender stereotypes and barriers by actively supporting female participation in sports and outdoor activities 
  2. In working with the Ministry, we hope to make outdoor leadership a more formal part of the government curriculum so similar programs may be implemented in schools around Cambodia

There are many challenges for us to plan out what are we going to teaches and how will our workshop plan look like. We had created, make changes, try it out and do our best to make the workshop work as possible. 

In the end, I believe that this project will last long and I also be able to share my experience being an outdoor leader to others youth. Hopefully, they get all of these things and make the positively impact to their communities.

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