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The purpose of this research is to develop a certification scheme for organized camp leaders so as to assist government and relevant bureaus to promote a nation-wide certification system. This research applies the Delphi technique is based on a three-round questionnaire. The Delphi panel consists of respondents selected from seven interest groups, namely: 1) environmental educators and outdoor recreation educators, 2) national trainers of Scouts of China, 3) campground administrators and camp experts, 4) national scouting educators, 5) representatives from the private sector 6) education administrators and experts on curriculum design, 7) teachers from elementary schools and junior high schools. The 3-round questionnaire started on the thirtieth of August 2004 with thirty-eight respondents in the committee and ended on the tenth of May 2005. Over this period one respondent dropped out. After a detailed analysis of the collected data, this research has come to three major conclusions related to the following aspects: the purpose of establishing a national-wide certification system; the qualifications needed for certificate holders; and the implementation of the certification system and supplementary measures. Firstly, the committee reached a consensus that a national certification system for the organized outdoor recreation leaders can serve several functions. A well-designed certification system in this field has four functions, among which the committee agrees that ‘improvement of overall quality in the profession’ should be stated as the most significant one. Secondly, the study has drafted a set of requirements that certificate holders need to meet. Apart from a university degree, certificate holders need to obtain credits in related fields. In terms of professional knowledge, the study covers five different aspects that are sub-divided into forty-eight items. The most important professional skill is first aid. Thirdly, the content and supplementary measures for the certification system are also proposed in this study. Issues regarding authorities and personnel in charge of issuing the certificates, acquirement of the certificate and the testing process, classification of the certificate, certificate replacement as well as cancellation of the certificate, and the perceived difficulties of the implementation are all included. The results of this study may be of great assistance for the establishment of a nation-wide certification system for organized camp leaders.
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