Friday January 30, 2015

OA Leader Training Schedule

  • Want to expand your leadership skills?

  • Interested in helping freshmen have a great first experience at Princeton?

  • Do you enjoy the outdoors?

The Outdoor Action Leader Training program is recognized across the country as one of the most comprehensive college outdoor leadership programs. If you complete all of the requirements this year, you are eligible to apply to lead a Frosh Trip in the fall and other OA trips during the academic year. For details regarding the OA Leader Training Program requirement, , visit the OA Leader Home Page.

Financial Aid for Leader Training

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.


The number of available spaces for OA Leader Training is always a factor of the number of instructors we have on hand to teach classes like first aid and the number of available Leader Trainers to lead trips particularly at the end of the year. Because Leader Trainers won't be sure of their availability until the final exam schedule comes out in mid-March we cannot guarentee that we will be able to train everyone. Therefore, you should sign up for all of the Leader Training requirements now including the Leader Training Trip in May since we will take people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leader Training Schedule

For course descriptions, visit the OA Leader Home Page

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

How to Sign Up for OA Leader Training


You can see that we offer Leader Training in a Condensed Verson called FAST TRACK over Fall Break and Spring Break. We also offer it spread out throughout the spring semester. You can complete it by following any of the tracks (A, B, C, D E) or you can spread it out over the entire year. The Leader Training Trip is always the last thing after you have completed the other requirements. If you complete everything by December you are eligible to go on the Leader Training Trip over Intersession in January otherwise take your Leader Training Trip in May after final exams.

Leader Training

HEART (Health Education & Rescue Training)First Aid sim
Wilderness First Aid course (Take one.)

This intensive course 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.) WFA course fee: $105 + $40 for CPR. Sign up at the OA TripStore.

Dates/Times/Location (take one):

Spring Semester

Weekly - Includes CPR

    • MONDAYS: Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 21 - 7 PM - 10:30 PM - INCLUDES CPR
    • TUESDAYS: Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 - 7 PM - 10:30 PM - INCLUDES CPR
    • FRIDAYS: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, 28, and April 4, 11, 18, 25 - 2:30 PM - 6 PM - INCLUDES CPR

Over Spring Break - FAST TRACK - CPR must be taken separately

    • 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 23

CPR (Take one)

- various dates - some FIrst Aid Classes include CPR or you can take it separately. See TripStore for schedule.

Technical Skills Training Course (TST) (Take one)

You can sign up for the class which includes Leave No Trace and Technical Skills Training or take the once a week course for 2 hours over 5 weeks.

Spring Semester

Over Spring Break - FAST TRACK

    • Saturday, 3/15, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (1 hr. testing sessions Sunday between 10:00 am -12:30 pm)


    • Mondays (5 pm - 7 pm): March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28
    • Tuesdays (7:30 pm - 9:30 pm), April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


    • Saturday, 4/26, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (1 hr. testing sessions Sunday between 10:00 am -12:30 pm)

Managing Safety Remote Locations (Take one)

Spring Semester

Over Spring Break - FAST TRACK

    • Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Dates starting in late March/April (after spring break)

    • Monday, March 24, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 8, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 1 (Take one)

Spring Semester

Over Spring Break - FAST TRACK

    • Sunday, 3/16, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


    • Sunday, 4/6, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop - Part 2 (Take one)

Spring Semester

Over Spring Break - FAST TRACK

    • Monday, 3/17, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    • Sunday, 4/13, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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. Please be on time. (Take one.)

  • Friday, April 4; 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Friday, April 4; 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Leader Training Trip (LTT)

Location: Harriman State Park, NY or Florida

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)

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.

International Students

Numerous international students become OA Leaders. If you choose to do your training in the fall and are available to go on the Leader Training Trip over Intersession there may be little impact on your travel plans to return home. If you go on one of the Leader Training Trips at the end of the year, you may need to plan to include the trip well in advance of any airplane reservations and the same would hold true for your planning to return to lead Frosh Trip in the fall.


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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 (