Image: John Webster, Jennifer Wright, Bill Haggard and Robert Caruso at Base Camp Cullowhee
Celebrating a new partnership agreement between Western's Base Camp Cullowhee and the N.C. Outward Bound School are, from left to right, John Webster, executive director of NCOBS; Western student Jennifer Wright, a Base Camp Cullowhee employee; Bill Haggard, associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Western; and Robert Caruso, vice chancellor for student affairs.

CULLOWHEE – A new partnership between Western Carolina University and the North Carolina Outward Bound School is designed to enhance opportunities for Western students who participate in outdoor recreational activities and related academic programs at the university.

The agreement between the N.C. Outward Bound School and Base Camp Cullowhee, which offers outdoor-based leisure and educational activities for members of the Western community, will enable the development of collaborative programs and activities that will benefit both organizations.

The partnership is the result of a suggestion made by Jeanette Hyde, vice chair of Western's board of trustees and a former member of the NCOBS board of directors, said Robert Caruso, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Results of the agreement include:

* Through its department of parks and recreation management, Western will work to provide students enrolled in NCOBS classes with appropriate academic credit for the courses, and will explore individual academic possibilities for NCOBS instructors and staff interested in taking courses at Western.

* The Outward Bound School will develop internship opportunities for interested students, especially those seeking advanced employment opportunities with Base Camp Cullowhee, and will create a training course specifically designed to enhance the outdoor leadership skills of Base Camp Cullowhee student leaders.

* Outward Bound will work with Base Camp Cullowhee to offer a variety of outdoor experiences offered to new Western students as part of new student orientation programs.

* Base Camp Cullowhee will launch a guest lecture series to feature experts from the Outward Bound School .

 “The N.C. Outward Bound School is extremely proud to be partners with Western Carolina University in developing outdoor leadership for university students,” said John Webster, executive director of NCOBS.

Students who work with Base Camp Cullowhee and parks and recreation management faculty members called the partnership a natural fit. “It is nice for us to have NCOBS courses available to our students because the students can gain experience beyond what we can offer them at Western,” said Ben Tholkes, director of the parks and recreation management program. “We feel comfortable referring students to NCOBS courses because of the outstanding reputation that NCOBS has maintained.”

North Carolina Outward Bound School is a non-profit experiential education organization whose mission is to inspire people to discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others and the world around them through challenging experience in unfamiliar settings.

For more information about the programs offered by Base Camp Cullowhee, call (828) 227-3633.

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