Outdoor Leadership Training Program (OLTP)


Higher Education for Today's Outdoor Leaders and Educators

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.

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

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. All students are required to enroll in the Outdoor Leadership Training Program for credit. Please email Leah Belt to enroll in the class for credit at lbelt@unca.edu.

The class time for all OLTP class sessions are Thursdays from 5:15pm-7:15pm.

The Fall 2019 OLTP Schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, August 29th 5:15pm-7:15pm-OLTP Syllabus Review & Social
  • Thursday, September 5th 5:15pm-7:15pm-Team Building Group 1
  • Thursday, September 12th 5:15pm-7:15pm-Team Building Group 2
  • Thursday, September 19th 5:15pm-7:15pm-Foundations Series
  • Sptember 26th
  • Thursday, October 3th 5:15pm-7:15pm-Foundations Series
  • October 10th
  • Oct 12-15th Fall Break
  • Thursday, October 17th 5:15pm-7:15pm-Foundations Series
  • October 24
  • October 31st
  • November 7th
  • November 14th
  • November 10th and 11th 8am-6pm-Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Thursday, November 15th 5:15pm-7:15pm-OLTP Winter Break Pre-Trip #1
  • November 21
  • Thanks 28th
  • Thursday, November 29th 5:15pm-7:15pm-OLTP Winter Break Pre-Trip #2
  • December 5th End of Semester Social

Registration opens here on Wednesday, August 28th at 7am. Attending an Info Session is highly recommended.

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. By offering two methods of registration, students are able to fully customize their experience and are able to progress at the speed and depth that they find appropriate for their college experience. OLTP provides classroom and field-based education that will train you to be a competent outdoor trip leader and instructor. Additionally, OLTP is required of all the 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 as you go. Register only for the events you are interested in attending.

To be considered for an Outdoor Leader position with Campus Recreation the entire program must be successfully completed although previous experience may be honored at the descretion of professional staff

OLTP starts with "OL Foundations". These classroom based sessions provide a basis and a framework for becoming an outdoor educator and trip leader. The 4 classes are offered twice during Fall semester and include:

  1. History & Philosphy of Outdoor Education
  2. Group Dynamics & Leadership in Outdoor Programming
  3. Wilderness Risk Management
  4. Food Planning & Stove Use.

During Fall semester you will also earn 2 different certifications including "CPR" and "Wilderness and Remote First Aid" before heading into the Pisgah National Forest to gain experience in backcountry travel techniques and leadership.

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 Leave No Trace Trainer certification.   

What will I experience in training with Outdoor Programs?

  • AMGA and ACA certified staff
  • Customized Training
  • Flexibility
  • Strong Support Structure
  • Great Value
  • Possibility of getting paid to lead trips
  • All skill level and abilities welcome

Do I need to register for the whole program?

Nope. The great thing about the OLTP is that you can pace yourself! All of the courses are stand alone and have no pre-requisites. You can sign up for one or all of them. We do, however, require that you take the 3 Foundation Series classes and participate in the full Training Series if you want to be eligible to lead trips for us.

How do I get involved?

Email: Leah Belt at lbelt@unca.edu or outdoorprograms@unca.edu
Call: 828-251-3828
Stop by: SRC 204

Registration for the program begins soon!

OLTP Events Calendar