Vision for the Outdoor Mentor Training Initiative
The vision for the Certified Outdoor Mentoring Program is to provide the leadership (locally and nationally) necessary to motivate and empower our partners (existing outdoor organization, mentoring groups, corporations and individuals) and to provide: Certified Outdoor Mentors, and mentor training, and the resources to participate, the gear needed to experience the outdoors, the social support necessary for continued participation, the outdoors education to be good steward of the resources, to provide multiple outdoors experiences (leaving them wanting for more) and matching said outdoor mentors to inexperienced youths, adults and families. By creating a Tips Outdoors Certified Outdoor team of mentors, we’ll leave a legacy of best mentoring practices, science based interactive skill sets, a sound educational background to build on, long-term commitment to the mentoring outdoors mission and mentees (to raise participation involvement in the outdoors) that will come full circle with mentees developing into the next generation of outdoor mentors.
Why a Mentor Training Initiative
The old system of an older family member or close family friend taking youth out to participate and educate the youth in our traditional outdoor activities-sports like fishing, archery, hunting, and shooting sports is not happening nearly enough as it did generations ago. This has created a generation gap, or multiple generation of adults not taking youth outdoors and teaching youth the traditional outdoors 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:
For if we don’t provide the basics for outdoors participation and make a difference in an inexperienced youth or adult, then who will?
Recruit Outdoor Mentors and Mentees
Inspire youths/adults with no or limited experience in the out-of-doors through multiple skills building opportunities while providing: education, Certified Outdoor Mentors, resources, gear, multiple long term outdoor activities and FUN, which will mesh with today’s lifestyles.
Train and Educate Outdoor Mentors and Mentees
Grants might be available through DNR’s or other organizations to help with start-up costs. Tips Outdoors looks to provide support to Chapters and others in North America.
Make the Match – Empowered organizations as in BBBS, PF, NWTF, and Tips Outdoors (and in the future, other mentoring organizations) to match Certified Outdoor Mentors/volunteers with inexperienced youths/adults/families to provide education, hands-on outdoor skills, multiple experiences, social support and the follow-up tracking necessary to create self-sustained independent actions from mentees.
Thank You for your interest. For additional information about Outdoor Mentor Training
Tips Outdoors Foundation
P.O. Box 796
Lindstrom, MN 55045