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The School of Adventure Leadership is your entry into working at the Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP).  It is a year-long training program, during which staff will train and work in either the Program’s rental shop or climbing wall, and serve as an trip leader on various outdoor recreation-based trips. In the fall semester, students will meet regularly to learn technical and interpersonal skills, earn a certification in Wilderness First Aid, work in their concentration area, and shadow trips and clinics. During the spring semester, students will begin to lead their peers and learn and grow their personal leadership style. Over spring break, students will continue this process on a backpacking trip to Utah, which will be the program’s capstone experience. Applicants should expect a commitment of 3-8 hours a week of work during the academic year, as well as occasional weekend commitments. 

Summer employment is REQUIREDand will includeleading trips and working in either the rental shop or climbing wall.  We ask for a commitment of 10 of the 16 weeks of the summer, including a series of trainings through the month of May.  This also includes a required general trips training, as well as optional technical skill development trainings such as Whitewater Raft Guide School and Rock Climbing Instructor School. The culmination of the School of Adventure Leadership is leading one or more of the Expeditions MSU trips, which are at set of adventures geared specifically towards new students. Please see our Expeditions MSU website for more information. 

The emphasis of the School of Adventure Leadership is on developing each member’s leadership skills, which will allow them to be the best possible employee during their time at the ORP, as well as engaged and committed leaders in their chosen career fields and communities.   After successful completion of the School of Adventure Leadership, students may be given the opportunity for long-term employment at the ORP.

Applications for the 2021-2022 year will go live on the first day of school and will close early September. Select candidates will be asked to participate in a first-round group interview process and then a second-round sit-down interview, after which successful candidates will be offered a position in the School.  Upon acceptance into the program, you will be asked to pay $325 to cover the cost of your certifications and the Spring Break backpacking training trip. Both full and partial scholarships are available. Please click the link below to find our online scholarship request form:

Still Have More Questions?

Come out to one of our informational meetings, where you can ask questions, meet other trip leaders, and get more information about the School of Adventure Leadership. All meetings will begin at 5pm and last about an hour. Please meet at the Outdoor Recreation Program building and bring a face covering. Meetings will be held outside. 

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