Outdoor Adventure Program

Student Outdoor Leadership Experience

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The OAP offers Student Outdoor Leadership Experiences (SOLE). This intensive training is the foundation of the OAP trips program and is designed to provide opportunities for skill development, personal growth, and leadership experience for potential OAP student leaders. Using the outdoors as our classroom, participants will also gain a connection to the natural world and consider how to provide similar experiences on OAP trips.

Those who take part in this course can expect professional training in group dynamics, teaching techniques, decision making, risk management, backcountry travel, technical outdoor skills, and leave no trace principles.This training will be both exciting and demanding.

We want individuals who are willing to make a commitment, not only to the program but also to themselves. There is a significant time requirement associated with the SOLE program. Participants should be motivated and have fundamental leadership skills, physical ability, and some outdoor experience. Those who do stay with the program will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience that begins to lay the foundation for a future as an outdoor leader.

The 2021-2022 SOLE Program is currently underway. Information about the 2022-23 program will be available Summer 2022. 

Applicants who meet our basic requirements (including applications which are complete and legible), will be invited to an in-person interview. 

Questions and completed application materials can be submitted to Karl Schmidt, Outdoor Adventure Program Trips Coordinator, at kmschmidt@vcu.edu or delivered to the Outing Rental Center. Karl can also be reached at (804) 828-1274 or outdoors@vcu.edu


Virginia Commonwealth University
Division of Student Affairs
101 S. Linden St.
Richmond, VA 23284

(804) 827-1100

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Page last updated 07/27/2021

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