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Student Leadership on Outdoor Trips

Trip Leader Training Process

Developing student leadership is a major priority for the Outdoor Program. Our Trip Leader Training Process includes a combination of academic courses, field training, certifications, reflection, and professional development based on student interest and experience level. Many of our student leaders have planned, prepared, and fully implemented a trip with guidance from professional staff. The trip leader training process is ongoing, highly individualized, and based on each student's strengths and path. 

How do you get involved?       Ask any one of our Outdoor Program Mentors!

The first step in becoming a trip leader is getting involved with the Outdoor Program. Participating on trips is the best way for you to get to know the program and us to get to know you. Be proactive!

Then, talking with program directors and creating your Outdoor Leadership Portfolio will help identify your strengths and your goals.

Shadows are participants on trips who are also learning about trip leadership, pre-trip planning, and preparation - this is the first stage of being a part of a leader team.

Apprentices, Assistants and Trip Leaders are people who have worked hard to develop outdoor and leadership skills necessary to be an active part of a trip's leader team.  

This is simply a summary - read more details about the Trip Leader Process here.