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Leadership Starts Here

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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Leader Training Schedule

OA Leader Training Schedule

For course descriptions, visit the OA Leader Training Requirements Page

To register for any of the Leader Training sessions below, visit the OA TripStore

You can see that we offer Leader Training in a Condensed Version called FastTrack over Fall Break, Intersession, and Spring Break. We also offer the course on a weekly basis throughout the semester. You may also mix and match FastTrack classes with semester-long classes to complete all of the Leader Training requirements.

If you plan to stay for all of a break (from the first Saturday to the last Sunday), just sign up for "FastTrack" on TripStore and we'll schedule and assign all of the specific classes and workshops. Detailed FastTrack Schedule

 


HEART Wilderness First Aid course (Take one)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6: 1 - 6 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, November 8 - Jadwin Hall A10

Intersession FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Monday, January 25- Friday, January 29: 1 - 6 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, January 31

Spring Semester

Weekly - includes CPR

  • Wednesdays: February 24, March 2, 23, 30 April 6,13, 20, 27: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
  • Fridays: February 26, March 4, 25 April 1, 8,15, 22, 29: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Spring Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18: 1-6 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, March 20

CPR (Take one)

CPR classes are scheduled before the start of each HEART Wilderness First Aid class.  See TripStore for specific details.


Leave No Trace and Technical Skills Course (Take one)

You can sign up for the FastTrack (weekend) class which includes Leave No Trace and Technical Skills Training or take the weekly course which meets for 2 hours each week over 5 weeks.

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Saturday, November 7: 9 am -7 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, November 8

Intersession FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Saturday, January 30: 9 am - 7 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, January 31

Spring Semester

Weekly

  • Tuesdays, March 22, March 29, April 5, 12 and 19: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Weekend

  • Saturday, April 9, 9 AM - 8 PM Mandatory Testing on Sunday, April 10

Spring Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Saturday, March 19: 11 am - 7 pm. Mandatory Testing Sunday, March 20


Managing Safety in the Backcountry (Take one)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Tuesday, November 3: 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Jadwin Hall A06
  • Thursday, November 5: 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Jadwin Hall A06

Intersession FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Tuesday, January 26: 10am - 12pm
  • Wednesday, January 27: 10am - 12pm

Spring Semester

Weekly

  • Thursday, April 7: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 26: 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Spring Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Wednesday, March 16: 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 17: 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshops - (Take BOTH 101 & 102)

Fall Semester

Fall Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Leadership 101: Saturday, October 31: 1 - 6 pm - Carl Fields Center Room 104
  • Leadership 102: Sunday, November 1: 1 - 6 pm - Carl Fields Center Room 104

Intersession FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Leadership 101: Saturday, January 23: 1 - 6 pm- Frist MPR
  • Leadership 102: Sunday, January 24: 1 - 6 pm- Carl Fields Center Room 104

Spring Semester

Spring Break FastTrack (covered by signing up for Fast Track)

  • Leadership 101: Saturday, March 12: 1 - 6 pm
  • Leadership 102: Sunday, March 13: 1 - 6 pm

Weekly

  • Leadership 101: Sunday, April 3: 1 - 6 pm
  • Leadership 102: Sunday, April 17: 1 - 6 pm

Epinephrine Training session

The staff from McCosh Health Center will provide training to HEART Wilderness First Aid participants on how to use an Epinephrine (Epi) pen. Scheduled to coincide with HEART Wilderness First Aid classes.


Leader Training Trip (LTT)

Leading a group on a backcountry trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The final part of OA Leader Training is the Leader Training Trip, a 6-day backpacking trip which pulls together all of the skills you have been learning all semester. During the trip participants will be Leaders-of-the-day and in charge of the group including route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, outdoor cooking, first aid and emergency response, and Leave No Trace camping. To take part in an LTT participants must have completed all other leader training requirements. LTT options:

1. Intersession in January - to Ocala National Forest in Florida

2. After Final Exams in May (dates to be announced in March after final exam schedule is established)


Mini-Van Driver Training

OA Leaders are strongly encouraged to become authorized van drivers. You must complete an online course and quiz on driving mini-vans. Drivers must also complete a 30-minute road test.

To gain access to the online course and schedule a road test see the Public Safety Web Site.