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).


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 - 21.  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).

OLE Application Process - please read first
The application is online this year. In order to be prepared for the online application please prepare these documents first.  Then click on the application below.  Applications are due by Wednesday February 24 by midnight.

  1. Review the PSO Leader Certifications and Training information
  2. Outdoor and Leadership Experience Resume
  3. Your schedule of commitments
  4. Fall O.L.E. Applications are available


O.L.E Facilitator Applications - seNT TO LEADERS VIA EMAIL 9-14-2016

Facilitator applications are open for the spring semester are due by September 12 at midnight.  Facilitator positions are open to any PSO trip leader having led PSO trips.  OLE Coordinator is open to leaders have led PSO trips and having Facilitated OLE or similar leadership training experience.

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