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4. Expedition Behavior

What is expedition behavior, and what are some examples of “good EB”?
Expedition behavior, or EB for short, is a term used by outdoor leaders to describe the interpersonal relationships and interactions in an outdoor program. When a group is effectively working as a team in the outdoors, it is called “good expedition behavior” or “good EB”. Just the same, when there is ineffective teamwork, it is called “bad EB”. It is important that you do all you can to contribute to “good EB” during all parts of your trip. Your positive contribution will affect others in the group and could mean the difference between an okay trip and one that was awesome!


Good EB includes:

  1. Cooperation and teamwork
  2. Keeping yourself and others motivated
  3. Getting along in a group of diverse people

For example, offering to fill up other group members’ water bottles when you fill yours, sharing your snacks, carrying some extra weight for a group member who might be having a tough time, and not complaining.

Learn another perspective on Expedition Behavior from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) here!

Bad EB” can describe how you, as an individual, affect the group without realizing it. For example, if you ignore the packing list and other recommendations from the trip leader, you may end up not having enough or not having the right kind of clothes. Your lack of preparation is now imposed on the rest of the group – they have to care for you and your needs – because you did not adequately prepare yourself for the trip. Another example is not telling the group to slow down or stop because you have a warm spot on your heel. If you ignore the blister forming on your foot, it could lead to a more severe injury later on, thus, affecting the entire group in a negative way. Self-awareness and self-leadership go a long way in contributing to “good EB”.

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