Leadership Opportunities 

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

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 our 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 their 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 program work?

  • Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center in the 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.

Leadership Placement

    1. Adventure Trip Leader-in-Training: Basic First Aid & CPR, participate in one OAC day excursion and one multi-day excursion as a customer. Lead two day trips with an Adventure Trip Leader. Once all requirements are completed you are ready to become an Adventure Trip Leader. Benefits: Free use of OAC equipment while participating in an OAC sponsored activity, leadership experience, resume builder.
    2. Adventure Trip Leader: UVU Safe Driver Certification, Wilderness First Aid, and Leave no Trace training. Lead two multi-day trips along with a Scholarship Trip Leader. Lead or assist one day activity. Attend Fall and Spring trainings. Once all requirements are completed you are ready to become a Backcountry Trip Leader. Benefits: Free use of OAC equipment if the equipment is not reserved, Black Diamond Pro Deal, One BTI, MSR, or NRS Pro Deal a semester, leadership experience, resume builder.
    3. Scholarship Trip Leader: Apply in March to receive a scholarship to lead trips the following Fall and Spring semesters. Must be a full-time student, a Utah resident, and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75. Leadership experience and prior experience with the OAC is strongly encouraged. Basic First Aid & CPR, UVU Van and Safe Driver Certifications. Lead one day event, one overnight excursion, and an educational clinic. Attend Fall and Spring trainings and weekly meetings. Present at the Spring training. Once all requirements have been completed you are ready to become a Backcountry Trip Leader. Benefits: Free use of OAC equipment, access to most Pro Deals, tuition waiver, leadership experience, resume builder.
    4. Backcountry Trip Leader: Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Lead an extended backcountry multiday excursion, mentor three day activities a year, and plan a service excursion. Present at Fall and/or Spring trainings. Assist in planning, teaching and developing training sessions monthly for all trip leaders. Benefits: Free use of OAC equipment, discounts on leadership training and conferences, access to all Pro Deals, leadership experience, resume builder.

Other Requirements

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

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.

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Scholarships

Outdoor Adventure Center offers four scholarships each April for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. Applications are made available the first of April and due before finals.

Scholarship students are responsible to lead one day trip, one multi-day excursion, attend all required meetings and trainings, and become certified to operate university vehicles. Basic First Aid/CPR/AED certifications are also required within three months of acceptance.

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Requirements

  • Must be a Utah resident
  • Maintain and have a 2.5 GPA at the time of applying
  • Full-time student status
  • Experience leading outdoor adventures

International Service Excursions

Portrait of group of nursing students on the excursion to Nicaragua

The Outdoor Adventure Center offers International Service Excursions providing students an opportunity to engage in Experiential Education. We work in conjunction with the UVU Center for Social Impact department and various departments on campus.

In May of 2016 we engaged a group of nursing students in an excursion to Nicaragua on an Alternative Break Program. The UVU Alternative Breaks vision is a student body of active citizens. These are students who are educated on issues in their community, know how to create impactful change, and get involved in their communities through direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, service-learning, or policy/politics.

These excursions provide student leader development, participant development, and a community impact.

Academic Excursions

Upcoming: Joshua Tree NP

April 3th-7th, 2019

You must be enrolled to participate, for more information, please call our office.

The Outdoor Adventure Center and the Science departments have teamed up to offer Natural History Excursions for school credit! Come and experience "hands on learning", a perfect opportunity to apply education learned in the classroom in an outdoor setting. Register through the UVU Class Catalog under Biology or Geology 202R, participants will receive one elective science credit.

Questions about academic credit contact Danny Horns 801-863-8582, questions about trip logistics contact Kimberly Reynolds 801-863-8791.

For more information:
Science Department (PS202R) or
OAC (Outdoor Adventure Center - SL 216)
(801) 863-7052