Rose - Bud - Thorn

Youth Outdoor Leadership Series

These activities should be completed in the presence of a parent or guardian.

Debriefing is one way of allowing you to look back and reflect on an experience you had. It helps you learn what went well, what did not go well, and what could have been done differently. As a leader, debriefing helps you improve for future leadership roles. Rose-Bud-Thorn is one debriefing strategy that allows you to pinpoint something positive that happened, a new idea or something you want to look into more, and a challenge you experienced.

Intro Questions: Think of a time when you studied for a test in school. Did you study enough or too little? Did this change the way you prepared for the next test?

Activity: Complete this Rose-Bud-Thorn worksheet regarding your Venture Outdoors leadership journey. Answer the final leadership questions to help you reflect.

Discussion: Why is it important to debrief after you lead an activity? How can this make you a better leader?

Video: Watch this 6 minute video about a thru hiker who found healing in hiking after suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Think about the following questions:

  • How did Akuna use his hiking experience to think and reflect?
  • How does he reflect and recognize the healing power of hiking?