Sold On An Outdoor Leadership Program

first_imgAnyone who has ever been temporarily lost in the woods — orwould like to avoid the experience — will find courses ofinterest in the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Program (NSOLD). The program, which is operated by the Office of Health Promotion,is designed for volunteers and professionals 17 years of age andolder who are interested in becoming outdoor leaders, orupgrading their outdoor leadership skills. “Anyone can enjoy these courses,” says Steve Cooke, who has beeninvolved in NSOLD as a participant and as a leader since theprogram began in 1979. “There is lots to do, and lots to learn.” Using several different approaches in several different courses,NSOLD’s goal is to enhance the quality and quantity of NovaScotia’s outdoor leaders, enhancing physical skill and fitness.That is a great idea, considering Nova Scotia has the secondhighest rate of obesity in Canada. Recent reports also show thatmore than half of Nova Scotians are not active enough to enjoyhealth benefits. Giving participants knowledge and training ofhow to be safe and active outdoors, can lead to safe, healthy,and more environmentally friendly, experiences. The program is of interest to individuals seeking personaldevelopment as well as groups from schools, universities,volunteer organizations, government departments and privatesector organizations. “As long as you are interested, you can learn from thesemodules,” says Jody Conrad, co-chair of the NSOLD workingcommittee. “The individual courses were created considering whatoutdoor enthusiasts would need to know, in a group situation, tokeep everyone safe.” One of the most basic safety skills in the outdoors is theability to avoid becoming lost. The Wilderness Navigation modulecombines theory and practice in the use of map, compass, globalpositioning system (GPS), and other navigational techniques.Participants take part in practical exercises, in- and outdoors,that enable them to accurately and confidently travel throughwilderness areas. The Wilderness Navigation module “can take anyone who doesn’tknow about navigation,” says Mr. Cooke, the module’s co-ordinator, “and the result is they can take a tour through thewoods and get through and back safely.” With the combination of compass, map, and the GPS, Mr. Cooke saysyou are prepared for any situation. “To be really safe, you needit all. You never know when your batteries might fail.” He laughingly says one of his favourite parts of the weekend iseating; “The food is incredible, lots of quality and quantity.”But he goes on to say that meeting great people and teaching avaluable skill are highlights as well. Other courses offered under the NSOLD program are OutdoorSurvival, Emergency Procedures, Environmental Interpretation, andLeave No Trace Outdoor Ethics. Leadership School and Women’sOutdoor Leadership are also offered, as well as specialinitiatives like Mentoring in the Outdoors and LeadershipResource Service. NSOLD also promotes the Wilderness and RemoteFirst Aid course, offered through the Canadian Red Cross, andBecoming An Outdoors Woman course, offered through the Departmentof Natural Resources. Applications are available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/srd/nsold . For more information regarding the Wilderness Navigation program, contact Steve Cooke at 902-422-7075. For more information about NSOLD, contact Jody Conrad at the Office of Health Promotion, 902-424-7589. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed during replacement of the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed on Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project During the continuing work to twin Highway 104 near Sutherlands River, traffic on Route 245, Trunk 4, and Thorburn Road, will be occasionally reduced to one lane for paving work. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control people will be on site. Construction is expected to be finished by Friday, Aug. 24. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be open this weekend, but will be closed for painting within the next week. A schedule will be posted for when painting will take place. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. CUMBERLAND: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone and delays are expected. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. CUMBERLAND: Trunk 2, Hansen Bridge Detour Traffic on the Hansen Bridge, Trunk 2 about three kilometres north of Springhill Junction, will occasionally be reduced to one lane to install a detour bridge. After it is installed, about Aug. 31, the existing bridge will be closed to be replaced. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution. The project should be finished by the end of the year. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30 for road improvement work. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125 between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. NEW WORK GUYSBOROUGH: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care until the project is completed on Wednesday, Oct. 31. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CUMBERLAND: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, for repairs. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient.last_img read more