Outdoor Leadership Training Program (OLTP)

Higher Education for Today's Outdoor Leaders and Educators

Registration is now closed for Spring 2020, stay tuned for updates regarding Fall 2020 registration!

Fall 2019 OLTP Info Session are here! We highly recommend attending an info session in order to gain a full understanding of the program, time committments, and academic course work. If you missed an info session, please contact Rowan Stuart at rstuart1@unca.edu to set up a meeting.

  • Thursday, August 22nd from 5:15pm-6:15pm, SHE 406
  • Tuesday, August 27th from 12pm-1pm, SHE 406

The class sessions for OLTP meet every Thursday from 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., and class includes mandatory Fall Break and Spring Break Field Experiences.

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 OLTP registration will open 7am on Wednesday, August 28th. Space is limited to the first 20 registered and then a waitlist will be created via email. All students are required to enroll with Campus Recreation at the link above in order to participate in the Outdoor Leadership Training Program for credit. 

What is the Outdoor Leadership Training Program? (OLTP)

The purpose of the Outdoor Leadership Training Program (OLTP) is to empower students to choose their own path in becoming a leader and progressing their outdoor leadership skills. Campus Recreation provides the experiential learning opportunities, and you provide the passion and drive to step out of your comfort zone and grow in your leadership development, outdoor skill abilities, have some fun and meet your peers who have the same interests! OLTP provides classroom and field-based education that will train you to be a competent outdoor trip leader and instructor. Additionally, OLTP is a great starting point to get the experience needed to be hired as a Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs trip leaders.

Flexibile methods of joining OLTP include:

  1. Pay for the entire program from the beginning and you are covered for all events for both semesters!
  2. Pay with payment plans, as little as $80 per month for 3 Fall months and 3 Spring months.

OLTP starts with classroom based sessions that provide a basis and a framework for becoming an outdoor educator and trip leader. The classes are every Thursday during the Fall and Spring semesters from 5:15pm-7:15pm and include a variety of topics like:

  1. History & Philosphy of Outdoor Education
  2. Group Dynamics & Leadership in Outdoor Programming
  3. Team Building
  4. Wilderness Risk Management
  5. Food Planning & Stove Use
  6. Planning leadership responsibilities for upcoming field experiences
  7. Learning to kayak in the pool
  8. Learning the basics of climbing
  9. Reflecting and processing after field experiences

During Fall semester you will also earn 2 different certifications including "CPR" and "Wilderness and Remote First Aid". Fall field experiences include an overnight camping for all 20 students in OLTP! We will learn to camp, use our tents and tarps, and how to cook on camp stoves. This will be a great introduction to camping and lead into the Fall Break Backpacking trip where two groups of 10 students will head out to lead one another, learn and have fun in nearby Pisgah National Forest.

The Spring semester is comprised primarily of our 6 day Spring Break trip and advanced clinics. Over Spring Break you will spend 3 days learning whitewater kayaking fundamentals before switching up for 3 more days of rock climbing basics. The advanced clinic offerings include; Swift Water Rescue, Climbing Anchor basics, and potentially other sports.   

What will I experience in training with Outdoor Programs?

  • AMGA and ACA certified staff
  • Customized Training
  • Flexibility
  • Strong Support Structure
  • Great Value
  • Become a strong candidate to apply, and get paid to lead trips
  • All skill level and abilities welcome

Do I need to register for the whole program?

Yes! Registering for the Fall 2019 course will get you 2 credits, and attendance is recquired for classes and all field experiences. This will also automatically enroll you in Spring 2020 OLTP. Exceptions can be made for those studying abroad in the Spring or those with experience. See out page How to Work for Outdoor Programs for more information on fast tracking your way to a job.

How do I get involved?

Email: Leah Belt at lbelt@unca.edu or outdoorprograms@unca.edu
Call: 828-250-2363
Stop by: SRC 202 or SRC 204

Registration for the program begins soon!