HOW TO BECOME A REFERRING AGENT or AGENCY
Role of the Referring Agent:
The role of the Referring Agent is to support the efforts of prospective students through the application and enrollment process, through the Orientation, and into the specific Expedition program best suited for his or her needs. In general, this role may be viewed as the following: To become oriented to the Wilderness School philosophy, methodology, and specific Enrollment Policies and procedures.
To select appropriate candidates for the Wilderness School Expedition Program or to screen interested candidiates to a Wilderness School Short Course.
To provide guidance in the development of the Student Contract and successful completion of an Orientation Program
To ensure the applicant and family members complete all Wilderness School Enrollment requirements
To support the youth throughout the Wilderness School Follow-Up experience
Any youth worker presently involved with an adolescent and interested in supporting the youth's Wilderness School experience may become a Referring Agent.
School Personnel (teachers, guidance counselors, coaches)
Youth Counselors or Leaders
This may consist of opportunities for both wilderness experiences and as well as presentations to agency staff in the community.
The primary contact for agency orientation is the Wilderness School Enrollment Coordinator, Bonnie Sterpka (email@example.com).
The initial phase of agency orientation will address program philosophy, intended outcomes, enrollment policies, and student population, including screening, interviewing, and preparing applicants that are appropriate for the program.
Most new referring agency staff will be directed to an experiential agency orientation course conducted at the Wilderness School.
Agency Orientation Courses:
We have found that the understanding of our program gained through experience offers the most reliable information base when selecting applicants for the
1-Day Agency Orientation Courses include the option of group-building activities and a hiking, canoeing, snow shoeing, or ski touring activity.
Schedule Information: Course dates may be found on the
Agency Course Enrollment: Please contact the Wilderness School Enrollment Office to enroll in an agency orientation course.
Groups of Referring Agency staff may visit the
Base Camp Information Sessions are approximately ninety minutes in length and may be scheduled through the Enrollment Office.
Community Agency Information Sessions:
As determined by the Wilderness School and the Referring Agency, information sessions occurring in the community may be held through agency staff meetings, regional meetings, etc.