Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE)

No outdoor recreation experience required!  OLE is a course designed to introduce students to the foundations and applications of outdoor, adventure-based leadership for them to effectively and safely lead outdoor trips for PSO, Orientation, and other groups beyond Puget Sound.  Much of the training emphasizes personal growth, leadership skills, group development, and risk management.  Participants will also develop the technical skills necessary to effectively lead day hikes, backpacking, and other trips for Puget Sound.

Outdoor Leadership Experience Information

OLE or comparable experience is required to be a trip leader with PSO.  If you have prior training and led trips for another group contact Kevin Buchanan to discuss your options.

Classes will run for 5 weeks starting late March/early April and will culminate with a couple of days on campus followed by the field session from May 20-24, 2020.  We will also have a number of opportunities for leaders to complete the required wilderness medical training on campus (read more to find out which course is appropriate for you).

Spring 2020 Schedule:

OLE Spring Class Schedule:
1st Week of Class............................................ week of March 30
2nd Week of Class........................................... week of April 6
Skills Session................................................... Sunday, April 14
3rd Week of Class............................................ week of April 13
Food and equipment packing ........................ April 18 & 19
4th Week of Class............................................ week of April 20
5th Week of Class............................................ week of April 27
 
OLE Field Course Schedule:
Move Housing (if necessary)............................. Monday, May 18,  8:00am – 12:00pm
Final Group meetings....................................... Monday, May 18, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Protocols Training & Van Driver Training........ Tuesday May 1,  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Field Session...................................................... Wednesday – Sunday, May 20-24
Cleanup.............................................................. Monday, May 25, 8:00 am – 12:00pm
Closing Debriefs & Evaluations.......................  Monday, May 25, 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Celebration*....................................................... Monday, May 25, 2020, 4:00pm
 
*OLE formally ends at 4:00pm on Monday, May 25.  The celebration is encouraged, but optional.  We suggest that anyone buying plane tickets home aim for 7:00 pm or later on this day at the very earliest.

Fees:

  • OLE course fee is $70 which is less than half the cost of the program
  • Other costs include some personal backpacking equipment for the field session (we will supply backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, other group equipment, food, and transportation).
  • Wilderness Medical Training - either a WFA, WFR or WAFA are required to lead overnight trips. See the certifications and training sheet below.
  • Food Handlers Permit - you will need a food handlers permit to prepare and serve food. See the certifications and training sheet below.
  • If these costs are a barrier to your involvement PSO will do our best to make this affordable to you.  Please email Kevin Buchanan and include what costs you can cover and what assistance you would like from PSO.

OLE Application
Applications are due Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

Review the PSO Leader Certifications and Training Information

OLE Application