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Sign up for OA Leader Training for the Spring Semester

The Outdoor Action Leader Training Program is focused on developing leadership in every student regardless your level of previous leadership or outdoor experience. If you want to take the next step in becoming a more effective leader, sign up for Leader Training over Spring Break or spread out during the spring semester. Starting this year Leader Training is free.

All students are encouraged to participate in OA Leader Training, whether or not you want to lead OA trips. We are looking for dedicated students who want to intentionally develop their leadership skills to be leaders at Princeton and beyond. In OA we don't just talk about leadership, we place you in real situations where you get to practice leadership and receive feedback that will help you be a better leader.

Leadership Skills you'll develop include:

  • Judgement & Decision Making
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Bystander Intervention Skills
  • Creating effective learning sequences
  • Learning how to challenge yourself and others

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Outdoor Action is now an integrated part of Freshmen Orientation

Starting in 2016 the OA Frosh Trip will be an integrated part of the orientation process for incoming freshmen. Next fall students will arrive on September 3 for two days of orientation in the residential colleges followed by either a 5-day Outdoor Action or Community Action trip. There will be a new program for fall freshmen athletes that incorporates some of the same trail-side discussions about campus life that happens on OA.
This is a momumental step forward for OA. It recognizes and applauds the impact that OA has had for freshmen for over forty years and transforms the program from 'optional pre-orientation' to an integrated and integral part of the orientation process. I want to say thank you to the thousands of OA Alumni Leaders who dedicated themselves to helping incoming students get the very best start at Princeton. You created the model that the University has chosen to implement.
Going forward the OA Frosh Trip will be offered at no charge to all participants. Also, the OA Leader Training Program will now be free to all participants.

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Upcoming Events

Published: Monday, February 1, 2016
The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Princeton University for its 20th year. Come join us for two fantastic evenings of award winning films on outdoor adventure from around the world. Tickets are available now and the show always sells out, so buy your tickets early. See the film schedule, descriptions and trailers Banff Film Festival 2016.
Published: Monday, February 1, 2016
OA Climbing Wall Open Hours The Outdoor Action top rope climbing room is 32 feet high and 66 feet across with 14 belay stations. It incorporates the latest in climbing wall technology with both vertical and overhanging sections as well as a roof and three artificial cracks. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors will be on hand to teach skills and assist in solving particular climbing routes. OA will provides harnesses and climbing shoes.
Published: Monday, March 2, 2015
Outdoor Action Leaders excel both in academics and in campus activities from varsity sports, to student government, and student organizations. The leadership skills they develop through Outdoor Action serve the larger Princeton campus and beyond as these students go on to be leaders throughout their careers. Here are some of the fellowships, awards and prizes Outdoor Action Leaders have received. Leader Prizes & Awards
Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Outdoor Action was highlighted in the report as one of the approaches for improving the orientation process for undergraduates and graduate students. The report comments that one of the goals should be to:

Become an Outdoor Action Leader - Leader Training is now free

Being an OA Leader is one of the most valuable things you can do to help next year's freshmen class have a successful transition into Princeton. OA Leaders are role models and mentors for 60% of the incoming class. Ask anyone you know who is an OA Leader (and there are more than 300 of them on campus) and they'll tell you it's an absolutely incredible experience. Any student can learn the skills needed to lead a group on an OA Trip and with the diversity of trips we offer (base camp, biking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, sustainable farming) there's a trip for you. Don't miss out on this special Princeton experience. Train to become an OA Leader.

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Become part of the Largest Leadership Organization on Campus

Outdoor Action Leader Training is starting up for the spring. We are the largest leadership training program on campus and the experience that you get leading for OA is invaluable. We are looking for the most diverse group of students to become the next generation of OA Leaders. You don't need to have any previous experience in the outdoors or even to have gone on the OA Frosh Trip. We can teach you everything you need to know to be an effective leader both on campus and in the outdoors.

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Making friends at the OA Climbing WallOA Climbing Wall Open Hours

The Outdoor Action top rope climbing room is 32 feet high and 66 feet across with 14 belay stations. It incorporates the latest in climbing wall technology with both vertical and overhanging sections as well as a roof and three artificial cracks. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors will be on hand to teach skills and assist in solving particular climbing routes. OA will provide harness and climbing shoes.The Climbing Wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks, reading period and final exams.

Climbing is FREE for Princeton University students, faculty and staff. Never Climbed Before? No experience necessary! We'll teach you!

Climbing Wall Spring Semester Open Hours

The Climbing Wall will be open:

  • Monday & Fridays from 4:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Only members of the University community are allowed to climb. PU ID required.

Learn to Belay Classes - FREE

You must take a Belay Class and pass the Belay Test in order to belay at the OA Climbing Wall.

  • Offered during Open Wall Hours

Videos

Quick Release Recall

A group of bicycle companies, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), is engaged in a safety recall involving quick-release devices which, when improperly adjusted or left open while riding, may potentially come in contact with the front disc brake rotor. Watch this video to see if your bicycle is affected.


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