Great Encounters -- Specializes in working with women to improve leadership and management skills and to increase decision-making and problem-solving capabilities through outdoor experiences. Courses tailored to clients' needs. Upcoming sessions: July 24-25; Sept. 18-19; Oct. 30-31. Groups may set up a special session. Contact: Ann Zabaldo, P.O. Box 1891, Washington, D.C. 20013. (202) 546-4654.

Growing Edge, Inc.--Combines outdoor problem-solving activities with conventional management training in "Adventure Seminars." Training is aimed at helping managers, supervisory personnel or work teams improve skills in team-building, leadership and communication to be applied to the workplace. Contact: Ned Hulbert, Rte. 1, Box 164, Midland, Va. 22728. (703) 788-4197.

Inner Quest, Inc.--Offers a variety of challenging adventures such as rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, caving and cross-country skiing, as well as Ropes and Initiatives courses. Specializes in increasing communication among group members. Contact: Bill Ensor or Randy Smith, 140 Queen St., Leesburg, Va. 22075. (703) 471-1014.

Outdoor School--Offers a highly professional and safety-oriented array of personal- and group-development programs, as well as instruction in outdoor skills in the wilderness setting. Programs geared toward enhancing leadership, teamwork, communication, self-awareness, confidence and the ability to deal with stress. Contact: Jesse Reynolds, 1050 Knight Lane, Herndon, Va. 22070. (703) 471-0171.

Outdoor University--Wide range of courses from beginning to expert level, including some not commonly offered, such as ballooning, hang gliding, sky diving, soaring, windsurfing and stargazing. Contact: Budd Herrman, 508 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. (703) 548-3838.

Washington Women Outdoors--Organizes trips for women in hiking, biking, sailing, rock-climbing and cross-country skiing, as well as pre-conditioning and equipment-maintenance sessions. Emphasizes the learning of new skills and confidence in a supportive atmosphere. Contact: Sandy Sklar, Box 301, Garrett Park, Md. 20766. (301) 942-8677.