Learn invaluable leadership, risk management, and organization skills while gaining outdoor proficiency.

The recreation leadership minor merges discovery, adventure, teaching, and leadership skills. Calvin will prepare you to work in professional outdoor recreation, experiential education, adventure programs, youth development, or higher education campus recreation. If your idea of a classroom is paddling on a river or learning how to plan a weekend program, this may be the minor for you. A minor in recreation leadership pairs well and strengthens majors or minors in environmental studies, religion/youth ministry, teacher education, and business/organizational leadership. It also gives you the tools to become a professional in the field of outdoor recreation. 

Course Requirements


Using recreation and related contexts, the Calvin recreation leadership minor strives to emphasize and develop within the individual student the following transferable core competencies:

  • Direct leadership of groups and experiences
  • Facilitation and team building skills
  • Curriculum design and instructional skills
  • Program vision, design, and delivery
  • Environmental and program risk management
  • Visioning, building, and sustaining culture and community
  • Spiritual development of individual and groups
  • Leadership of special populations

Although this minor is intended to enrich other majors and academic tracks, if you have completed a recreation minor, you will graduate from Calvin equipped for employment in the following careers and vocations:

  • Federal and state land management; i.e. national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management, and state department of natural resources and parks
  • Physical education teachers and experiential educators in public and private schools
  • Youth leadership and development; church and para-church based program leadership
  • Science-based outdoor education; i.e. Teton Science School
  • Camp leadership and camp program directing
  • Wilderness leadership, instruction, and guiding; i.e. National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound
  • Recreation and wilderness therapy; i.e. Evoke
  • Business management of recreation based organizations
  • Social work and counseling contexts that emphasize experiential treatment, movement, and recreation
  • International development and relief workers
  • Recreation program administration/management; i.e. YMCA, Kroc Center
  • Recreation facility management; i.e. YMCA, Kroc Center
  • Local, national, and international tourism
  • Nursing in remote settings
  • Non-profit organizational program directing and implementation of service/community based experiences

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