Vision for the Certified Outdoor Mentor Initiative
The vision for the Certified Outdoor Mentor Initiative is to provide the leadership (locally and nationally) necessary to motivate and empower our partners (existing outdoor organization, mentoring groups, corporations, and individuals) to train and provide Certified Outdoor Mentors across North America who will mentor and educate – coach inexperienced youths, adults and families (mentees) how to have success participating in traditional outdoor activities and sports like fishing, hunting, archery, etc., through fun hands-on outdoor educational experiences. To provide mentees with the resources and gear needed to participate, the social support necessary for continued participation, the outdoor education to be a good steward of our resources, to provide multiple outdoor experiences throughout every year (leaving them wanting for more). With our partners, the Certified Outdoor Mentor Initiative will leave a legacy of best outdoor mentoring practices, science-based interactive skills sets, and a sound educational background to build on a long-term commitment to the Certified Outdoors Mentoring Initiative that will increase participation in traditional outdoor activities and coming full circle as mentees develop into the next generation of outdoor mentors.
Why an Outdoor Mentor Initiative
The old traditional system of the family spending time together participating in outdoor activities, or an older family member or close family friend taking youth out to participate and educate the youth in our traditional outdoor activities and sports like fishing, hunting, archery, and shooting sports is not happening as it did generations ago. This has created a generation gap, or more often a multiple generation gap of adults not taking youth outdoors and teaching youth our traditional outdoor activities and sports. This is the defining challenge of our times, to breathe new life into our outdoor traditions. Participation has been on a steady decline for years, due to numerous factors. Some of the most important reveal that the old system for bringing newcomers into these outdoors activities-sports has broken down:
o By partnering with existing youth, adult, and family organizations that provide
traditional outdoor activities and to help organizations that want to provide
traditional outdoor activities by utilizing social media, and traditional media:
press releases, articles, brochures, radio interviews, websites, email blasts,
blogs, social networking, TV, and presentations to the general and outdoor
public relaying the vision of the Certified Outdoor Mentoring Initiative and
”Why” the need for mentors.
o Tips Outdoors will train and certify existing employees or members and/or
provide Certified Outdoor Mentors to organizations, public and private
entities that are providing or will be providing fun ongoing education for our
traditional outdoor activities and sports.
o The Certified Outdoor Mentors will educate mentees through ongoing fun
hands-on outdoor skills-building experiences at events, and outdoor
educational opportunities provided by outdoors organizations and public
and private entities.
If you would like additional information in regards to the Tips Outdoors Certified Outdoor Mentoring Initiative and Mentor Training please contact:
Tips Outdoors Foundation
P.O. Box 796
Lindstrom, MN 55045
Darren a Certified Outdoor Mentor & Mentee with a nice turkey!