Before heading off to their respective sites, 20 health care administration practicum students participated in a leadership retreat which included learning the basics of camping, canoeing and outdoor skills.
Canoe Trips Available to Help Strengthen Leadership Skills
During the summer months, the Chippewa River becomes a popular hangout for UW-Eau Claire students who live in the city over the 3 month break. While many who use the river take it easy by tubing down it, a new opportunity designed to build team leadership among student groups aims to challenge them against the river through canoe trips.
The idea evolved from activity planning for the Leadership Institute. According to Justin Gardner, coordinator for Leadership Institute, the trips would serve as a way to ease students out of their comfort zone in a casual environment, much the same way the ropes course has during LI.
The concept was first tested this summer as 20 students enrolled in the health care administration practicum program, made an overnight trip for their leadership retreat. The excursion, located in Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Area along the Chippewa River delta, consisted of students learning the basics of camping, canoeing and outdoor skills.
With the health care administration practicum retreat serving as model, Gardner said that he wants to organize more trips, including canoe launchings into the Chippewa right from the UW-Eau Claire campus.
“I’d like to see and do more things on the Chippewa,” he said. “It’s a great resource and it’s still relatively untapped.”
Interested groups, including student organizations and classes, may contact Gardner to organize trips. The ventures are jointly coordinated between Gardner and Al Wiberg of the Environmental Adventure Center.