Sunday December 28, 2014

OA Leader Training Program

Become a Leader

Become an Outdoor Action Leader

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 more that 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 this semester.

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Leader Training Begins

We offer two formats for Leader Training, one is to take the various classes and spread them out over the entire semester or you can opt for taking Fast Track and complete all of the classes over fall or spring break and then take your Leader Training Trip in January over Intersession or after exams in May. You can also mix the two.
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Leader Training
Fast Track

The Fall Break Fast Track option lets you complete all of the leader training classes during spring break and then take your Leader Training Trip to Florida over Intersession in January or after exams in May.
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Leader Training
spread out
over the semester

First Aid & CPR classes start in October with other leader training workshops over Fall Break and then your six-day Leader Training Trip during Intersession in January or at the end of the year in May.
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Impact of OA Leaders

Watch the video to learn out more about the incredibly positive impact that OA Leaders have on incoming freshmen and how much OA Leaders learn and grow from being part of the program.
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  • Join the largest student leadership group at Princeton!
  • Why Being an OA Leader is so valuable - leaders reflect on their experience
  • Did you have a great time of your Frosh Trip?
  • Want to be an OA Leader next year & help freshmen have a great start?
  • Want to meet new people?
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors?
  • Want to learn new skills?

OA Leader Training is a great way to meet FUN people while you easily complete the training and lead an OA Trip. We are looking for motivated students, graduate students and faculty or staff to become leaders for the Frosh Trip in September. Don’t consider yourself outdoorsy? Outdoor Action will teach you the skills you need to be competent in the outdoors. Our priorities are to find people who are excited about working with others and learning and teaching new skills, and who bring a diversity of experiences and backgrounds to the program. The more our leaders represent the Princeton campus, the more accurate an impression the Frosh will receive. The Outdoor Action Leader Training program is recognized across the country as one of the most comprehensive college outdoor leadership programs. Once you complete all of the requirements this year, you are eligible to apply to lead a Frosh Trip in the fall!

Is Financial Aid Available?

If you are receiving need-based financial aid from the University Outdoor Action has some funds available to help support students who wish to become OA Leaders. Levels of aid are based on the amount of aid that you are receiving from the University. Login to the TripStore and add the Financial Aid Request to your cart. We then confirm the amount of financial aid you are receiving from the University with the Office of Financial Aid in order to calculate the amount of aid you are eligible for. Because we send requests in to the Office of Financial Aid only a few times each semester there may be a wait time to find out about your eligibility.

Leader Training RequirementsOA Leaders

To see the dates/times for the training sessions below, visit the Leader Training Schedule page.

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

First Aid requirements:

  • HeartSaver CPR with AED
  • HEART Wilderness First Aid Options
  • HEART Epinephrine training session

Outdoor Skills requirements:

  • Technical Skills Training Course (includes Leave No Trace training session)
  • Managing Safety in the Outdoors Workshop

Leadership:

  • Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 1
  • Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 2

Leader Training Trip:

  • Leader Training Trips are 6-day outdoor skills experiences offered during Intersession in January and in May after final exams.

** For a detailed description of the training requirments, please scroll down.**

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HeartSaver CPR course (with AED training)

Outdoor Action teaches American Heart Association (AHA) CPR classes. Our HeartSaver CPR Course teaches lay rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adults and children over age 1. Students also learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children.This course will instruct you how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

People successfully completing the course will receive AHA certification good for two years.Outdoor Action also offers additional CPR courses during the school year including courses that cover CPR for adults, children and infants. Departments wishing to schedule a special course should contact 8-6230.

To see the dates/times/fees for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.


First Aid sim

HEART (Health Education & Rescue Training) Wilderness First Aid Course

This is an intensive course that covers patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. Hands-on simulations provide first-hand training in treating patients.

This is an excellent course taught by experienced Wilderness First Responders and Emergency Medical Tenchnicians and is highly recommended to anyone traveling in the outdoors. Successful completion of the WFA and CPR courses fulfills the First Aid requirements for OA Leader Training (other first aid courses do as well, contact the OA Office for more information.)

To see the dates/times/fees for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.


HEART Epinephrine training session

The staff from McCosh Health Center will provide training to HEART Wilderness First Aid participants on how to use an Epineprine (Epi) pen. The training will take 30 minutes. Please be on time. No fee.To see the dates/times for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.

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Technical Skills Course

Leading a group on a backcountry trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The Technical Skills Training (TST) is designed to teach wilderness skills necessary to lead multi-day backpacking trips. The course either meets over a weekend or one evening a week and includes workshops on route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace camping. Trip participants will learn how to run a wilderness trip by planning all aspects of the trip, including route, food, and equipment. Participants are required to attend all classes. The text for the course will be The Backpacker's Field Manual, written by Outdoor Action. To see the dates/times for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.


Managing Safety in the Outdoors

This Managing Safety Workshop will provide an understanding of how to evaluate and manage risk potential by identifying hazard factors and implementing safety factors that address increasing risk levels. The ability to assess and manage risk proactively is a critical skill for traveling in the outdoors or to remote or international locations. Managing risk is a dynamic process of identifying and evaluating hazards (‘the bad stuff’) and implementing a series of positive factors like training, site management, policies and procedures, and traveler judgment (‘the good stuff’) to counterbalance both expected and unexpected risks. To see the dates/times for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.


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Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 1

Facilitating positive group interaction and teamwork requires excellent listening and observation skills and a set of activities and techniques to guide people through personal growth and development. This workshop will train OA leaders and others who work with groups in specific techniques for effective team building and group facilitation through fun games and activities.This is a hands-on, experiential workshop. Be prepared to have fun! To see the dates/times for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.


Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 2

One of the greatest challenges of being a group leader is learning how to lead and motivate a group, and how to use group experiences to promote self-exploration and learning. This workshop is designed to teach OA leaders and others how to effectively lead groups. This is a hands-on, experiential based workshop so be prepared to be active. To see the dates/times for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.C84


Leader Training Trip

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 practicing skills. Fee includes transportation, food and equipment.

To see the dates/times/fees for this training, visit the Leader Training Schedule page. Register at the OA TripStore.

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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 (web.princeton.edu/sites/publicsafety/FleetSafety.htm).

 

What if I can't make all of the Trainings?

You are required to complete all of the OA Trainings to become an OA Leader. It is up to you to know what the requirements are and to make sure that you complete all of them. Here is the breakdown by specific training

  • CPR Certification - CPR training is offered many times each semester.
  • HEART Wilderness First Aid - You are required to attend all classes. In many cases there are two sections meeting at the same time but on different days (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) so if you have a conflict for a particular class you can go to the corresponding class in the other section that same week. Attendance is taken at all classes.
  • Facilitator's Workshop and Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - These are offered several times a year. If you miss one of these in the fall, you will still be eligible to go on a Leader Training Trip over Intersession but you will have to make up the workshop in the spring. If you miss one of these in the spring you will still be eligible to go on a Leader Training Trip over Dead Week, however you will not be considered a full OA Leader until you have completed all of the requirements and would only be eligible to lead with two other OA Leaders. If you miss both workshops, you will not be eligible to go on the Leader Training Trip or lead a Frosh Trip. In the event that we have more leader applications than we have spaces for leaders, which frequently happens, students who have not completed all aspects of leader training would not be eligible. Attendance is taken at all classes.
  • Leader Training Course - You are required to attend all classes.There are multiple sections meeting at the same time but on different days so if you have a conflict for a particular class you can go to the corresponding class in the other section that same week. Attendance is taken at all classes.
  • Leader Training Trip - You must complete the Leader Training Trip.

 

Planning OA Leader Training into your Schedule

OA offers two complete sets of leader training each year. There is a fall semester training with the Leader Training Trip over Intersession and a spring semester training with the Leader Training Trip taking place during "Dead Week" after exams. You can mix and match when you take the various courses and workshops as long as you have completed all of the other requirements before going on your Leader Training Trip. 

We encourage all students to take part in the leader training program and have worked out a schedule which we feel is most flexible for a broad range of students. If you are an athlete or have other regular commitments, it is still possible to participate if you plan carefully.

Religious & Observant Students

Outdoor Action makes every effort to schedule Leader Training activities so that they do not interfere with religious holidays and observances. Whenever possible, workshops are scheduled on Sundays after church and not on the Sabbath for Jewish students. For observant Jewish students, the 6-day trip typically includes a Friday or Saturday. There is usually a trip in May that goes out Sunday and is back before sundown on Friday. Please need to contact the OA office ahead of time and let us know of your needs.

Varsity & Club Sport Athletes

Many athletes become OA Leaders either to lead Frosh Trips or other trips during the year. Depending on your sport(s) you may have to plan very carefully for when you can complete the various Leader Training Requirements.