Simply put, expedition behavior means, “doing what it takes with a smile, when things are stacked against you.” This statement is very much multi-faceted in that there is different levels of EB that need to be fulfilled. NOLS states:
- Cooperation and conflict resolution
- Keeping yourself, and others, motivated
It further states:
- Serve the mission and goals of the group.
- Be as concerned for others as you are for yourself.
- Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- Support leadership and growth in everyone
- Respect the cultures you contact.
- Be kind and open-hearted.
- Do your share and stay organized.
- Help others, but don’t routinely do their work.
- Model integrity by being honest and accountable.
- Admit and correct your mistakes.
As an instructor these principles become more emphasized as you are charged with the responsibility of group growth both physically and mentally. You will be the expert and they will be seeking your advice and approval constantly. However, you have to balance this support with their independence as you are seeking to create a self-sufficient group of paddlers.