BY NIKKI HEIMANN - Islander David Miller is training in Scottsmoor at this moment to be a wilderness guide for the nationally-recognized organization Outward Bound.
He left Wednesday, May 8, to begin his new life adventure. After a year of training and internship David can be an Assistant Wilderness Guide. To become a full-fledged wilderness guide is his goal.
First training with Outward Bound starts out in the classroom, with training on how to handle social and psychological issues of 12-to 22-year-olds.
He will eventually receive his Wilderness First Responder training, making him what it is known as a “woofer.”
The third step in the certification process is a 20-day wilderness expedition in the forests of Alabama, which will be his first expedition as an intern.
Once he does that, he can apply to be an Assistant Wilderness Guide, and after a year’s time in that position he will become a Wilderness Guide.
David on going back to Colorado where he was working as a whitewater rafting guide, until he talked to a family friend who inspired him to pursue this program.
The Outward Bound Program is one of the few programs that runs the entire year round, with several locations and separate programs for anything from sailing in Maine to kayaking through the Florida Keys.
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