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WILD GUYde Adventures, LLC

1047 Stuart St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

(540) 433-1637




Leaders are like eagles, they don’t flock . . . you find them one at a time.



Leadership is developing people while advancing an organization’s mission in the context of fun.

(Jim Smucker)







Learning from a Climbing Guide:  Leading in the Mountains and Other Places…



What?  A 2-day experiential learning lab, using outdoor adventure to show us new dimensions of our leadership.  We will navigate, hike, climb, and paddle, and in the process, explore together some practical applications to increasing our leadership effectiveness.



For Whom?  “Everyday leaders” who are thoughtful about their effectiveness, and willing to be transparent in their desire to grow (pastors and educators, parents, scout leaders, youth sports coaches, non-profit program leaders, supervisors and managers).



Super-athletes?  One need not be Olympic caliber to take part; participants should be reasonably fit and active for the muscle-powered activities of hiking and climbing, without experiencing debilitating health conditions.  A medical history form will be requested, so program leaders are aware of any health issues. 



When?  June 2-3, 2018



What can I expect?  Some advance reading assignments, adventure activities of hiking, paddling, and rock climbing in the George Washington National Forest, fun, exertion, new skill challenges, teamwork, and reflection and guided conversations about how we can apply our experiences to becoming better leaders in our life settings.



Cost:  $350 each; $300 each for two or more from the same troop, family, or organization



Details:  2 days of outdoor activity and learning from 8:30 AM to 5 PM each day.  Participants should plan lodging in the Harrisonburg area; WGA can recommend a range of options, from commercial and National Forest campgrounds to local Bed and Breakfasts, to the whole range of hotels and motels typical of a college town.  A suggested clothing list will be provided; WGA will provide all technical activity gear (climbing harnesses, helmets, PFD’s, etc.). From a common meet-up location, WGA will provide group transportation to activity sites during each day.  



To register:  Go to www.wildguyde.com and click on the Leading in the Mountains page.  Print off the Medical Form/Participant Agreement and mail it with your payment to WILD GUYde Adventures, 1047 Stuart St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.  For questions, contact us at 540-433-1637 or lester@wildguyde.com



Who is this WILD GUYde?  Lester Zook has been teaching and leading outdoor adventures for 30 years.  He is a certified Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association, a Wilderness First Responder, and a member of the National Speleological Society.  His doctorate is in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Virginia (1995).  He is married to Robin (34 years), and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  WILD GUYde Adventures incorporated in Virginia in 2004, and is fully insured.  WGA is a commercial permit holder in the George Washington Ntl. Forest, Monongahela Ntl. Forest, and along Virginia’s Blue Ridge.  WGA is a member of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, the Christian Adventure Association, the Access Fund, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. 




"Incredible morning of team building under the mountains of West Virginia!  Subsequent conversations have uncovered countless applications of lessons learned caving to challenges at work.  Lester made our time together exciting, enjoyable, and informative.  Can't wait to take my family out with WILD GUYde Adventures."  (James Hiter, Ameriprise)


"Lester, the students had a wonderful time.  We all appreciated your pedagogical approach, patience, and knowledge.  The learning environment was highly productive."  (Dr. Eddie Hill, Old Dominion University; climbing instructor training course)


"Lester has proven time and time again to be an effective speaker, educator, and trainer.  He has a unique way to connect with leaders and teams at all levels.  Lester engages people in thoughtful and deliberate ways.  His workshops and trainings are entertaining, thought-provoking, practical, and experiential.  Lester is a master at identifying and using techniques that best meet various learning styles.  People that experience Lester's workshops are easily able to validate models, theories, and concepts for themselves, and apply them to where they are within their own developmental process.  Lester has enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion on many different subject areas, and consistently leaves people inspired and thinking for themselves.  I have witnessed this time and time again, and would highly recommend Lester for all types of facilitation work and training with teams and emerging leaders."  (Gary Tublin, Organizational Ventures, LLC)