Knowledge of the area
Knowing the area and the group assists the leader in planning for enjoyment. Spectacular views, points of interest and specific features all enhance the experience. However, it should not become a guided tour based solely on the leader’s knowledge. Encourage group members to contribute their knowledge and expertise as this creates interest, fosters conversation and contributes to positive group dynamics. Also, it will facilitate interaction with the environment by encouraging the group to look out for specific features (rather than the leader just pointing them out), and so will add interest and enjoyment to the activity.