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Becoming an OA Leader

Leadership Starts Here!

Update for 2020-2021

In a typical year, becoming an OA Leader requires completing on-campus training in 4 skill areas (leadership, first aid, outdoor technical skills, and risk management), followed by a 6-day outdoor trip to practice implementing these skills. For the /20 - '21 academic year we have moved some of our trainings to a virtual format. Other in-person trainings will be offered in Fall '21 when health guidelines permit.

Being an OA Leader is one of the most valuable things you can do to help next year's first year class have a successful transition into Princeton. OA Leaders are role models and mentors for more that 50% 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 this semester.

In a typical year, we offer two formats for Leader Training, one is to take the various classes on a weekly basis over the entire semester or you can opt for FastTrack and complete all of the classes over Fall Break, Wintersession, or Spring Break.  After you've completed all the required coursework, you can take your Leader Training Trip in January over Wintersession or after exams in May.

Outdoor Action encourages all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the OA Leader Training Program. OA’s Leader Training Program is considered one of the most comprehensive in the nation and has been imitated by numerous other schools. You can sign up for all Leader Training activities at

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 Wintersession, 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

Outdoor Action is offering spring Leader Training for those interested in leading OA Orientation and other trips. This is a great opportunity to build your leadership and outdoors skills. This spring we are offering:

  • Leadership Workshop Series - a three-part series of 3 hour virtual workshops
  • Outdoor Technical Skills - a two-part series of 2.5 hour virtual workshops
  • Managing Safety in the Backcountry - a 2 hour virtual workshop

Registration is now live at

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