Originally founded in 1947, the Adventure Leadership Institute™ is the authority in adventure leadership education, providing awe-inspiring, transformative experiences to more than 9,500 students each year.
These students, learn in the wildest and most remote classrooms in the Pacific Northwest — from the forest, to the high desert, to rugged cascade peaks and glaciers. Graduates are active leaders with lifelong leadership-oriented and environmental ethics and outdoor skills.
ALI also offers informal and customized experiences through the ALI Challenge Course, the Climbing Centers, Bike and Ski Shop and the Adventure Club. ALI is the regional hub for SOLO Wilderness Medicine, the leading teacher of wilderness medicine worldwide, the Professional Climbing Instructors Association, and the ACA Raft Guide and Whitewater Rescue curriculum.
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This is a student led organization in association with the Adeventure Leadership Institute™ developed to bring students the opportunity to experience adventure in the outdoors and connect with other students! As a member of the Adventure Club, you are granted access to all the trips and events held through the club from rock climbing to snowshoeing, whitewater rafting to backpacking, the Adventure Club has it all. Have that perfect trip or event idea? Let us know, and we can help make it happen!
The Adventure Club contributes to the educational mission of the university by offering learning opportunities for students pursuing leadership and facilitation certifications through the Adventure Leadership Institute.
The OSU Adventure Club is founded on the principles of experiential learning, using human powered outdoor pursuits to expand knowledge, leadership, service and community.
Great! No commitment necessary, be as involved as you want to be!
Our certified trip leaders and coordinators have gon through rigorous training and have extensive documented field experience through the Adventure Leadership Institute and are there to support you in any way they can!
The Adventure Club provides a rich learning opportunity for students in the Adventure Leadership Institute to practice and apply their developing skills as leaders and facilitators of adventure pursuits. Executive positions and activity leadership is provided by members of ALI™ in pursuit of leadership certificates.
Participation in Adventure Club meetings, activities and events are open to currently enrolled students at Oregon State University. Active club members shall have attended two consecutive meetings and will have paid the mandated club dues.
Note: Must be current OSU Student or RecSports Member
The OSU Adventure Club is a program of the Department of Recreational Sports with advisory from the Adventure Leadership Institute.
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As you work your way through the course offerings within the ALI™, you will work towards fulfilling the requirements for various certificate levels. The theory behind the certificates is that as you progress through each level, you will take classes that help you become both competent with the technical skills involved as well as learn to be a leader in experiential education and outdoor recreation.
There are two generalized tracks that a student in the ALI can participate:
Below is information related to both tracks. Hover over the images to find interactive content related to each certificate.
The Facilitator track is specially designed to meet the needs of future challenge course facilitators and managers, project leaders or anyone planning on working with or leading groups in the workplace. As such, the course content differs from the Trip Leader track, where the focus is less on group dynamics and facilitation and more on becoming proficient with wilderness medicine and survival as well as group management in the backcountry. The tracks are not mutually exclusive, and you may find that courses in both tracks help you develop as a leader.
The Level one certificate is an introduction to the ALI program and serves to create a foundation that subsequent classes will build upon. The courses to complete a level one certificate are experience based and will serve to introduce the skills and theory behind later course offerings.
The Level two certificate is less based on activity courses and includes more theoretical and academic components. In order to complete a Level two certificate you will be required to gain documented leadership experience through assisting in the delivery of field experiences and activity courses.
Those who complete the level three certificate will deliver the material for some of the activity courses, while under supervision of the program advisor. The program advisor will work with you each week to ensure that the content and delivery of materials for activity courses is appropriate for the course. While working towards the completion of the level three certificate, you will also be responsible for leading and documenting field experience.
After you move through the various levels of the certificate, you will be left with clear documentation as to your experiences and certifications in adventure leadership. As well, depending on what level you have achieved, it is possible that you have earned professional level certifications in your area of focus and wilderness medicine.
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