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COLP Leaders

What is the Outdoor Leadership Program?

A program for students who want to develop their outdoor skills and hone their outdoor leadership skills through hands-on practice, mentoring, and peer-feedback. 

Why participate?

  • Build experience-based judgment: Employers want to hire those who have experience actually planning and leading outdoor programs.
  • Outdoor jobs require outdoor experience: Fill your "experience resume"!
  • Optional: Earn elective credit! Students can take OE 295 Practicum for credit. 
  • Possible: Get paid! Some qualifying students can get paid to plan and lead programs or assist with OEP classes or complete equipment management duties.

    What does the Outdoor Leadership Program entail?

    1. Complete Outdoor Leader Orientation! This is held each semester.
    2. Complete specialty trainings and complete the competency checklist for outdoor technical skills you want to lead. Trainings may include university outdoor skill classes, external approved skill certifications, and individual mentoring by an OE faculty member. 
    3. Complete a Program Plan and Meet with OE Program Coordinator for approval.
    4. Lead Program
    5. Debrief Program
    6. Assist with at least 1 other program or outdoor class session
    7. Attend at least one COLP Meeting per month


Contact Info

Gregory Strobel
OEP Program Coordinator
Young Center 203 Map
Phone: (605)642-6042

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799