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Student Projects

Youth development & camp management students at Green Mountain College are engaged in a wide variety of service learning projects. Some recent projects include:

Poultney Elementary School After School Program
October-December 2009

In collaboration with the Vermont Achievement Center (VAC), students in the REC 2026 Program Planning & Leadership course led four after school programs for second through fifth grade students as a service learning project.

Leadership Summit for Poultney Students
November 2009

Students in the REC 2026 Program Planning & Leadership class led a two-day Leadership Summit for Poultney Elementary School fourth, fifth, and sixth grade elected student representatives. The summit included workshops on topics including goal setting, brain storming, self-awareness, communication, decision making and personal responsibility.

Poultney Elementary School Sixth Grade Ropes Course Experience
November 2009

REC 3008 Essentials of Challenge Course Technology students hosted a service learning ropes course experience for the PES sixth grade classes to provide elementary students with the opportunity to gain an appreciation of individual differences, enhance their communication skills, develop teamwork, and learn how to achieve group goals through personal sacrifice.

Catamount Ski Trail Volunteer Day
October 2009

As a service learning project, GMC students completed winter ski trail prep of a five mile stretch of the Catamount Trail from Route 4 to the Bucklin Trail.

Mock Challenge Course Inspection, Vermont Police Academy, Pittsford, Vt.
October 2009

Students enrolled in the REC 3008 Essentials of Challenge Course Technology course conducted a mock inspection of the Vermont Police Academy ropes course to demonstrate their knowledge of challenge course facility and operation standards of the Association of Challenge Course Technology.

Volunteer Assistant Outdoor Educators at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, Lake George, N.Y.
May 2009

Students in the REC 2041 Camp Counseling & Youth Leadership course served as service learning “leaders in residence” for one week. They led a variety of programs for six different schools involving an estimated 300 children. They facilitated high ropes course experiences and team building activities and were belayers on the climbing tower. They taught orienteering, stream study, and forest ecology, and led bog walks, and night and mountain hikes.

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