BANGOR — The United Technology Center is offering training for aspiring outdoor enthusiasts.
For the rest of the month, United Technology Center faculty are offering courses called the outdoor leadership series where people can learn about necessary outdoor skills.
The courses are twice a week and during them, students of all ages will learn how to survive in the wild.
“We’re really preparing our students to make sure that they feel safe when they go out and making sure that they feel safe while they’re taking their family members out. A lot of people that do the whole series, they do it because they’re taking other people with them bout in the wilderness going on a backpacking trip. And they want to feel well prepared,” said Jessica Steele, Outdoor Leadership Series teacher.
She said she will be teaching the students how to set up camp, start a fire, use a map and compass, how to properly use first aid and how to cook in the wild, among other lessons.
She said an overarching lesson she’ll be teaching during the month is the importance of risk management which is how well you keep yourself safe while you’re in the wilderness.
“Before they go out in the wilderness, they should have a clear plan and they should be communicating that to somebody back here at home. So that if something does go astray, and they do get themselves lost, someone is going to get worried at home and they’re going to know who to call and who to contact to start looking for you,” Steele said.
Each individual course is $30 while the entire series is $200.
“It’s meant to be really affordable and they’re a lot of fun. People are coming out and joining us and they’re coming from all over this area to learn about these skills,” she said.
Visit the United Technology Center’s website to learn more.