Impact, the newsletter from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, released an integrated outdoor adventure edition of their publication in the winter of 1991-92. The entire document is well constructed with information on nearly every aspect of adaptive outdoor adventure opportunity, with Greg Lais providing a portion on participant screening. In this section, Greg discusses matching participants with their adventure appropriately and finding what will fit their skill set. Following this discussion he dissects this process into three priorities and four major factors to consider within these.
Are all outdoor adventure programs appropriate for all participants? Well, yes and no. It may be inappropriate for an out-of-shape beginning mountain climber to attempt Mount Everest. But there are other adventure activities that the aspiring climber can handle. A major challenge for integrated outdoor adventure program mangers is to match up the person with the adventure. Screening is a process of matching people’s needs with the service capacity of the provider, the demands of the environment, and the needs of other participants in order to provide high-quality, socially integrated activities. It requires considerable understanding of all the elements that go into a successfully integrated activity.
Read the full newsletter here.
Impact, Winter 1991-92