What Makes a Good Walk Leader?

An enthusiastic leader is key to a successful walking group! A group leader should:

  • Be enthusiastic, friendly, and easy to talk with, making walks fun
  • Be encouraging and supportive
  • Enjoy walking and be familiar with various routes and trails of varying difficulty
  • Be organized, reliable and punctual
  • Have strong group facilitation and observation skills
  • Recognize progress and encourage participants to keep coming back
  • Value group safety and risk management
  • Know basic first-aid procedures
  • Be able to respond effectively to unforeseen circumstances


Remember that leadership has a real impact on the success of the group.

Source: Walking Program Walk Leader Handbook (BC Recreation and Parks Association)

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