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Leadership Starts Here

Welcome Class of 2021!

Outdoor Action is part of the Small-group Experience element of Orientation

Making FriendsLearn through adventure on an Outdoor Action (OA) trip, where building new friendships is amplified by the simplicity and camaraderie of a small group in an outdoor setting! OA provides an opportunity to learn about Princeton while exploring the outdoors through a variety of activities. Some trips camp in the backcountry, and others stay in the sidecountry at a summer camp or campground with access to facilities. Each group works together to be self-reliant and interdependent, traveling as a team, setting up camp each night, and preparing communal meals. In the evening, groups share stories and talk about campus life while gazing at the stars or sitting by a campfire.

OA  is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to try something new. There are a range of physical activity levels and no previous experience is necessary. OA trip leaders represent a cross-section of the diversity of campus; they are eager to share their experiences and knowledge of Princeton and are trained to teach first-year students all of the outdoor skills they will need.

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Leadership Starts Here!

Sign up for OA Leader Training

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. The Leader Training Program is free to all students.

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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Upcoming Events

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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Videos

Foundations of Effective Leadership Panel - Reunions 2017

While many people think of OA as an outdoor program, its primary mission is developing student leaders. We celebrate OA's contribution to leadership with an annual panel at Reunions where alumni leaders from the program return to share how they continue to use the leadership skills they developed through OA. Join us for a panel that brings together experts on leadership from academics, business, government, the non-profit sector and current Outdoor Action student leaders to explore what makes leaders effective and how to enhance your own foundations of effective leadership.

Moderator: Rick Curtis ’79, Director, Outdoor Action Program

Panelists:
Wendy Patten '87, senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations

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