Teaching Traditional Outdoor Recreation and Relationship Building

CYO Train the Leaders classes 2017

2017 is the second year of CYO’s efforts to train leaders from the community to work with youth and families in the outdoors.  We are doing this through a course titled “Teaching Traditional Outdoor Recreation and Relationship Building”.  We held two classes, the first and last weeks of June, and had 20 leaders from Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and the surrounding area participate.  Participants learn about elements of good communication, leader styles effective techniques for teaching outdoor recreations, intentional relationship building and more.  The course has hands-on experiences and training in CYO’s core curriculums including fly tying, fly fishing, archery, shooting sports and camping/survival.

Our goal is to empower our staff and volunteers as well as educators, youth workers, recreation and community leaders to support, encourage and implement programs that get youth and families up and off the couch and into the great outdoors.  Using traditional recreations as a tool to strengthen relationships and learn lifelong activities that can lead to quality time spent together as families, friends, peers, and coworkers will strengthen our communities.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we look to expand course offerings in the coming year.  For information about the training and how to participate please contact Gregg Knoll at 970-663-0800.

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