Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Outdoor Leadership

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)

Deep discipleship and rigorous leadership development lie at the heart of our highly experiential outdoor leadership program.

Explore provides an environment that empowers people to lead and influence others for the Kingdom of God. Through wilderness-based team adventures, integrated biblical education and real leadership opportunities, students will discover more about who God is and their role in His redemptive work.

After completing a four year degree in Outdoor Leadership, students will have a unprecedented amount of experience leading teams, compared to other college programs.  Students learn to teach and lead outdoor skills while integrating biblical learning.

After four years of Biblically based academics, intensive mentoring and coaching from leaders, and a internship opportunity, students are prepared to start meaningful careers.

Each student will know how to prepare and teach lesson plans related to the Bible and to outdoor skills, will have developed the ability to guide a team through planning, problem solving and decision making processes, will have practiced conflict management and facilitated group learning, and will have carried real responsibility in both frontcountry and outdoor contexts.

Also available as a 1 Year Certificate and a 2 Year Diploma. Check out our Facebook Page and our Outdoor Gear and Packing List.

Courses revolve around:

  • Preparing for outdoor leadership in ministry or vocation
  • Training for camp ministry
  • Developing outdoor skills to apply in a leadership position in outdoor recreation careers

Career possibilities as a result of the program

  • Program director for camps
  • Program staff for camps
  • Program director or staff for Recreation/Adventure Centers
  • Adventure Therapy Staff
  • Introductory adventure guiding positions

The vast majority of graduates who wish to work in their field find meaningful work soon after graduation. Jobs that graduates have gone to do are: 

  • Program Managers are various camps
  • Executive Directors at various camps
  • Recreation managers for large city recreation centers
  • Activities Coordinators for charter schools
  • Activities Coordinators for schools, homeless shelters
  • Guiding positions for the City of Edmonton and Yamnuska
  • Pastoral and Youth Pastor Positions in Churches
  • Small group facilitator in Psychiatric Facility
  • Leadership roles in various organizations and businesses including Healthcare, Education,  and Real Estate.

Students can go on to complete future education:

Masters Programs in the areas of Leadership, Theology, Divinity, Spiritual Direction, Experiential Education, Business and Not for Profit Administration.

Professional Guide Training with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

  1. Formulate and apply his/her own theory of both positional and non-positional leadership and are able to duplicate themselves as leaders.
  2. Plan, lead and teach experiential education programs.
  3. Appraise methods and principles of facilitation and utilize principles to carry out effective facilitation of a group.
  4. Utilize and teach proper backcountry skills for leading a successful and safe trip for a less experienced group.
  5. Demonstrate  instructional competence in a minimum of one outdoor adventure activity in addition to, year one and two competencies

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (45 credits)

BT 409 Word and World
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology electives 200 level or above (9 credits)

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 140 Health and Wellness
SC 143 Outdoor Winter Pursuits
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences elective
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level

Outdoor Leadership Major (33 credits)

CM 370-73 Outdoor Leadership Internship I – IV (12 credits)
OL 104 Introduction to Experiential Education (1.5 credits)
OL 116 Wilderness Advanced First Aid (1.5 credits)
OL 134 Outdoor Leadership (1.5 credits)
OL 151 Outdoor Programming (1.5 credits)
OL 231 Recreation and Business Management
OL 248 Teaching Through Adventure
OL 332 Philosophy of Group Facilitation
OL Technical/Certification course
OL elective 300 level

Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Optional trip to Western/Tibetan China. The course is called “Adventure Tourism in a Cross cultural context” and is offered every other year.

Other special features of the program

  • Significant amounts of time spent in the Canadian Rockies
  • One on one coaching and feedback
  • Intentional integration of wilderness training, experiential education and the Bible
  • Large amounts of student leadership opportunities