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If you are interested in applying for an identity based scholarship for any of these programs please contact Amy Dorfman at
Wilderness Instructor Leadership Development (W.I.L.D)

WILD is the UVM Outing Club's leadership training program, dedicated to cultivating wilderness leadership skills and is a mandatory requirement for all Outing Club trip leaders. Each semester, 15 student trainees work alongside upper class WILD coordinators focusing specifically on hard skill instruction, situational leadership development, understanding leadership & learning styles, risk management, wilderness medical instruction & LNT ethics. Most importantly, 'WILDees' develop a skilled & motivated leader community! WILD meets weekly for 2 1/2 class hours supplemented by 3 weekend field practical trips.
WILD: $165

Your Spring 2015 WILD Leaders!!!
Anna Finkenauer
Anna often finds herself daydreaming of how awesome it would be to live with sea turtles while frolicking through the woods in her Environmental Education classes.
Emily Peters
"Emily Peters often finds herself dreaming about Ben & Jerry's during Herbology with Professor Longbottom and special guest Mrs. Lovegood, Magizoologist.
Holly Hoffman
Holly often finds herself daydreaming about pinecones during Advanced Ice Cream Sundae Construction class.
Ethan Fletcher
Ethan often finds himself daydreaming of Hiking in the Fjords during Detention in the Forbidden Forest w/ Professor Rubeus Hagrid.
Josh Goldberg


Site Management and Anchor Construction (SMAC) Rock & Ice
SMAC is an instructional rock & ice climbing skill development program for students interested in acquiring safe, comprehensive, top roped climbing, anchor construction and teaching skills. Rock SMAC runs for 6 weeks in both fall and late spring, Ice SMAC early in the spring semester only. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals of equipment, climbing technique, belaying & rapelling technique and safe management of climbing instruction areas in an institutional setting. Completion of SMAC is mandatory for UVM student climbers interested in leading climbing trips for the UVMOC.
SMAC Application Spring 2015.
Ice and Rock SMAC - $175

Your Spring 2015 Ice SMAC Leaders!!!
Izzy Lazarus
Izzy often finds herself day dreaming about climbing naked in the california sun during how to her favorite class The Mystery Gang: a historic looks at cartoon's greatest crimes.
Russell Frisch
Russell often finds himself daydreaming of of a simpler time when there was only one continent and one big beautiful blue ocean during Social Processes and the Environment 104.
Blair Hutchinson
Blair often finds himself daydreaming of shreding in the World of Oz, ALaska during Log Cabin Construction taught by Dick Proenneke
Paddle for Development (PFD) *Fall Only
Paddling for Development is a dynamic canoe and sea kayak leadership course offered by the UVM Outing Club. As part of this flat and moving water UVMOC canoe and kayak leader training program, participants will demonstrate proficiency in the areas of: paddling strokes, boat control, rescues, portaging techniques, and trailing skills. PFD curriculum will be based on ACA canoeing and coastal kayaking material. Both beginners and intermediate paddlers are encouraged to apply.

Canoe PFD

The Canoe PFD program is designed as a semester long teaching program, with three weekend practicums, emphasizing entry-level paddling skills for individuals desiring to both further their personal canoeing skill as well as become a capable canoe instructor for the UVM Outing club. The three weekends include: one in the Adirondack's where we will camp lakeside getting to know one-another as well as working on both hard and soft skills, one weekend woking on white water canoeing skills on one of Vermont's many beautiful rivers, and the final weekend is a two day class, certifying the students as Level 1 American Canoe Association instructors. Canoe PFD meets once a week in addition, for a classroom session.

Backcountry Skiing/Boarding and Avalanche Awareness Program (BSAAP)

This six-week program focuses on traveling safely and having fun in the winter backcountry on skis (telemark, alpine or AT) or snowboard while exploring prime backcountry areas of Vermont and the Presidential Range in NH. Traveling in terrain where avalanche danger exists requires disciplined personal preparation, group expedition planning, diverse skiing and riding skills, and sound avalanche and terrain assessment ability. This program will cover basic safety skills to prepare you to travel in the winter backcountry in all of its rugged beauty. The program will consist of 6 class sessions & three weekend practical trips-the first weekend (two day trips), the second (AIARE Level 1 Avalanche certification, optional for those currently certified) and the third an overnight to the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
BSAAP Application Spring 2015


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