OAP

Outdoor Adventure Program

Leadership Program

Each year the OAP offers Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE). This 9 month long training is the foundation of the OAP tips program and is designed to provide opportunities for skill development, personal growth, and leadership experience for potential OAP student leaders. Using the outdoors as our classroom, participants will also gain a connection to the natural world and consider how to provide similar experiences on OAP trips.

Those who take part in this course can expect professional training in group dynamics, teaching techniques, decision making, risk management, backcountry travel, technical skills and Leave No Trace principles. The training will take place over five weekends and ends with an 8-day expedition planned by the leaders themselves. This training will be both exciting and demanding.

We want individuals who are willing to make a commitment, not only to the program, but also to themselves. There is a significant time requirement associated with the SOLE program. Participants should be motivated and have fundamental leadership skills, physical ability, and some outdoor experience. Those who do stay with the program will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience that begins to lay the foundation for a future as an outdoor leader.

Click here for the downloadable version of the 2017-2018 SOLE application. Please submit completed application materials to Karl Schmidt, Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator, at kmschmidt@vcu.edu or deliver to the Outing Rental Center. The deadline to apply is September 22.