Leadership Opportunities

WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE TRIP LEADER (ATL)?

An Adventure Trip Leader (ATL) is a leader who is dedicated, passionate about the outdoors, and committed to education. An ATL is interested in sharing knowledge and experience with others. As an ATL, one has the opportunity to lead in many different aspects such as: outdoor education clinics, team building, movie premiers, classroom presentations, promotions, and adventure learning excursions.

The outdoors is the driving force of the program. As the participant is led from the inside classroom to the outside classroom, one is permitted to enjoy nature in its purest sense, without the many distractions of everyday life.

As an ATL there are different degrees of participation and leadership depending on one’s experience and certifications. It is up to the leader to find where he/she would like to begin the journey. The OAC is fully devoted and dedicated to training students to engage in sponsored activities as a mentor and leader.

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED AND HOW DOES THE ATL PRORAM WORK?

*Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center in the new Student Life and Wellness Center, SL216
*Pick up an Adventure Trip Leader Application, fill out the form, and attach current certifications.
*Make an interview appointment with OAC Coordinator.
*Interview with program coordinator to discuss skills, knowledge & experience, and expectations.
*Review requirements for leadership role and placement.

 QUALIFICATIONS AND LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP

  1. Adventure Trip Leader-in-Training: Basic First Aid, CPR and UVU Van Certification. These certifications can be acquired through UVU, and should be completed within six months of becoming an ATL. Participate in a UVU OAC Excursion as a participant. Lead two day trips with an Assistant Trip Leader.
  2. Assistant Adventure Trip Leader: All requirements from #1 and, one year of knowledge and experience in leading trips. Lead weekend trips along with a Primary Trip Leader. Wilderness First Aid, Leave no Trace, and specific certifications pertaining to the type of trip: Top Rope, Whitewater Rescue, Avalanche, etc.
  3. Primary Adventure Trip Leader: All requirements from #1, #2 and two years of experience. Wilderness First Responder, or EMT. Lead weeklong trips in remote settings, and help with training.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  1. Participation in a weekend Leadership Training both in the fall and spring.
  2. 75% attendance to monthly training sessions on leadership, group dynamics, risk management and University policies and procedures.
  3. Semester review with program coordinator to assess progress and goals.
  4. Help lead one day excursion and if possible, one multi-day excursion.

OAC Adventure

WHY BECOME AN ATL?

Before you make your decision to get involved in one of the best organizations on campus, ask your self one question: Why do I want to get involved? If the answer is to meet new people, spend time outdoors, and increase my leadership skills - then this is the place for you! If your motivation is just to get free trips, please look for another organization. We want to provide exceptional programs for the UVU community and to reach that goal, we need students that are willing to get dirty, work hard, and have fun doing it. An ATL will also gain the following:

  • Leadership Development
  • Service Opportunities
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Healthy Life Style
  • Build Life-Long Recreation Skills
  • Retention
  • Social Interactions
  • Travel Opportunities
  • Discounts on Rental Equipment
  • Pro-Deals

WHAT IF I BECOME AN ATL?

You will be able to participate in some incredible adventures, make lasting friendships, become a steward of place, and look incredibly well rounded on a resume. Our goal is to get students involved as freshman and retain them until they graduate. Student leaders can participate at any level, you don't have to be a pro at every outdoor activity, you just need to be willing to learn.

 

Stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center, SL 216, pick up an application and start your college adventure today.