Guide Training Program

The Outdoor Program (OP) hires students that demonstrate exceptional leadership and outdoor proficiency to be Outdoor Program Guides. OP Hadwen Guides lead and teach their peers. Guides are also hired to co-lead or facilitate with Outdoor Program faculty during extended trips at breaks and between semesters. Many Guides further their experience by working for outdoor-oriented organizations during the summer months.

To become qualified to guide for the Outdoor Program, students should apply for and complete "ODST 251: Advanced Topics of Outdoor Leadership and Education (Guide Training)" offered in the spring. This course includes a Wilderness First Responder, leadership development, and technical outdoor skills.

Several other for credit courses are offered in outdoor leadership and education, snow science, river dynamics and safety, expeditionary studies, and outdoor recreation ethics. In addition to credit-bearing courses, the Outdoor Program provides many recreational opportunities for students to develop technical outdoor skills in backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and whitewater paddling.