By Rebekah Ashley
ABOVE, Sorcic summits Grays Peak in the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado. Grays peak is the ninth highest mountain in Colorado and is the highest mountain in the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
Scout Sorcic, an Outdoor Adventure Leadership(ODAL) and Ski Business / Resort Management major, grew up in Leadville, Colorado. It was there that she discovered her passion for outdoor education that brought her to Sierra Nevada College.
“Growing up in Colorado there were a lot of scholarships for outdoor education courses offered to local students. I did an Outward Bound course, a NOLS course, a course with the Women’s Wilderness Institute and eventually ended up at the High Mountain Institute my junior year of high school,” Sorcic said.
The High Mountain Institute offered Sorcic a semester of classes and backpacking with a focus on leadership skills.
“It was there that I decided I really liked the idea of outdoor education,” Sorcic said.
During her time at Sierra Nevada College, Sorcic has been an active leader on campus and in the Tahoe community. She collaborated with the nonprofit organization, She Jumps, to create a scholarship that allows female SNC students to take the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 1 course for free.
“Scout created a partnership with She Jumps, a non-profit organization. She’s on fire! She is making things happen on campus,” said her advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Katie Zanto.
In addition to her work with She Jumps, Sorcic rallied to get a group of ODAL students to attend the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference that will happen in January 2015. This was just one case that demonstrated her passion towards outdoor education and helped her stand out to faculty such as Rosie Hackett, director of Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
“Scout is a stellar student,” Hackett said. “She understands that learning does not start nor end in the classroom. She understands that learning is most successful when it is authentic, and that learning takes initiative and a whole lot of courage to get uncomfortable.”