WI 2013The Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board (GRAB) is the student programming entity of the office. The student facilitators  are charged to provide a leadership service to the Gettysburg College community, alumni, and parents. These students--selected through a formal application process--receive 300-400 hours of classroom and field experience annually through an aggressive and sustained leadership training model.

The students are trained to professional standards that include risk assessment, ethical considerations, recreation law, technical instruction, medical certifications, theories in leadership and psychology, and group assessment. From the classroom to the field, the experience prepares the GRAB staff to manage the well-being of their participants in unpredictable and dynamic environments such as sea kayaking in Finland and mountaineering in Peru.

The GRAB experience is designed to develop student facilitators into strong professionals. The lessons learned from managing groups in remote and potentially stressful situations provides the students with the necessary tools to succeed in any profession they choose to pursue.

The Leadership Profile of GRAB Facilitators:

  • 97% retention of student facilitators over seventeen years.
  • Twenty four student facilitators responsible for the vision, development, logistics, and implementation of 45 wilderness based programs and 50 challenge course workshops a year
  • All current staff have Rope 1 Technician Certification via Bruce Smith, WFR certification via Wilderness Medical Associates, and will receive BCU 2 star and Canoe Safety award this year
  • Responsible for leading sea kayaking, climbing, trekking, backpacking, and mountaineering programs for students, staff, alumni, and parents of Gettysburg College
  • GRAB alumni currently manage outdoor programs at nine colleges and universities