Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE)

OLE is a course to help leaders to transfer outdoor and leadership experience to the field of outdoor leadership.  The goal of this training is for leaders to transfer their outdoor and facilitation skills to effectively and safetly lead outdoor trips for PSO and other groups beyond Puget Sound.  Much of the training emphasizes personal growth, leadership skills, group development. The training also emphasizes risk management and the outdoor skills necessary to effectively lead dayhikes, backpacking and other trips for Puget Sound.

Outdoor Leadership Experience - information and application

See the application for more information on OLE. OLE is required unless you have previous trip leading background with another group.  If you have led trips for another group contact Justin Canny to discuss your options (see sidebar for contact information).

Fall O.L.E. Applications will be available are due by Wednesday September 16, 2015
The Fall OLE course is reserved for continuing students who are sophomores to juniors or seniors who will be at Puget Sound for an additional semester or year.

Spring O.L.E

Spring Outdoor leadership applications will be available in December and are due in early February.  We will have an orientation meeting before spring break and classes will start in early April.  Classes will run for 5 weeks and will culminate with a field course from May 16 - 20.  We will also have a number of opportunities for leaders to complete your required wilderness medical training on campus (read more to find out which course is appropriate for you).

O.L.E Facilitator Applications

Facilitator applications are available for the fall semester OLE and are due by September 16th.  Facilitator positions are open to any PSO trip leader having led PSO trips.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership readings from:
The AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership by Alex Kosseff 2nd edition:

OLE Teaching Topics and Resources

PSO Trip Planning Process

See the PSO Leader Resource page

Teaching Topic Resources

Leave No Trace Teaching Topic Resources