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Adventure Leadership Trips

Our trips can take you anywhere: dogsledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spelunking in North Carolina, backpacking the Grand Canyon, paddling the Huron River, and more. Whether you want to take off for a couple of hours, a day or a week, let us handle the details—like food, transportation, logistics, trip leaders, and outdoor equipment—while you take in the great outdoors.

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Dog Sledding & XC Ski
Jan 18 – 21, 2019

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Dates

January 18 – 21, 2019

Price

$395 by Monday, January 7, 2019

About this Trip

Fulfill one of those lifetime goals you never knew about and come dogsledding in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs and experience the true spirit of winter recreation! We’ll then spend a day visiting the amazing Eben Ice Caves, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, new friends, this is what winter should be! No experience is required.

What’s Included

  • Transportation and accommodations
  • All group gear, snowshoes
  • Meals
  • Trip leaders, dog sledding instruction

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Full Moon Cross-Country Ski
Jan 22, 2019

Sorry, this trip has been cancelled!

Dates

January 22, 2019

Price

Price Drop! $45 by Sunday, January 20, 2019

About this Trip

We’ll drive up to an hour (hopefully less) to the nearest woods with good snow and head out for a night ski. If the moon and the clouds cooperate we’ll turn off our headlamps and ski through the silver stillness of night. We’ll end by heading indoors for a cozy cup of hot chocolate.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear, cross-country skis, cross-country ski boots
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jacket, hat, gloves, mittens and good socks

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Peabody Ice Climbing
Jan 26, 2019

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Dates

January 26, 2019

Price

$95 by Thursday, January 24, 2019

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? How about scaling a wall of ice? Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly winter day?

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear and instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Cross-Country Ski Day Trip
Jan 27, 2019

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Dates

January 27, 2019

Price

$60 by Friday, January 25, 2019

About this Trip

What a beautiful time of year to be in Michigan! Whether you’re from here or out of state, you aren’t a true Michigander until you’ve spent a day cross-country skiing in beautiful Michigan forests. We’ll drive up to 2 hours to find the best snowy woods and head out to enjoy the beautiful side of winter. Cross-country skiing will keep you warm and we’ll be sure to follow it up with some hot chocolate.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear, cross-country skis, cross-country ski boots
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jacket, hat, gloves, mittens and good socks

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Dark Sky Park Cross-Country Ski
Feb 1 – 3, 2019

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Dates

February 1 – 3, 2019

Price

$225 by Monday, January 21, 2019

About this Trip

What a beautiful time of year to be in Michigan! Whether you’re from here or out of state, you aren’t a true Michigander until you’ve spent a weekend cross-country skiing in Northern Michigan’s pristine native forests. Add in a visit (timed to the new moon) to our International Dark Sky Park, which offers spectacular views of the northern sky. Join us for this trip featuring a cozy cabin at UM’s Biostation, star gazing with the Ann Arbor Library Telescopes, hot cocoa, and the peace and quiet only the forest can offer.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear, cross-country skis, cross-country ski boots
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jacket, hat, gloves, mittens and good socks
  • Pillow (optional)

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Cross-Country Ski Day Trip
Feb 16, 2019

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Dates

February 16, 2019

Price

$60 by Thursday, February 14, 2019

About this Trip

What a beautiful time of year to be in Michigan! Whether you’re from here or out of state, you aren’t a true Michigander until you’ve spent a weekend cross-country skiing in Northern Michigan’s pristine native forests. We’ll drive up to 2 hours to find the best snowy woods and head out to enjoy the beautiful side of winter. Cross-country skiing will keep you warm and we’ll be sure to follow it up with some hot chocolate.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear, cross-country skis, cross-country ski boots
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jacket, hat, gloves, mittens and good socks

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 17, 2019

Register here! 

Dates

February 17, 2019

Price

$95 by Friday, February 15, 2019

About this Trip

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? How about scaling a wall of ice? Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located less than an hour north of Ann Arbor and provides a wonderful setting for beginner and advanced ice climbers alike. This unique outdoor experience will definitely get the adrenaline pumping! How else are you supposed to stay warm on a chilly winter day?

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All ice climbing gear and instruction
  • Snacks and warm beverages
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Full Moon Cross-Country Ski
Feb 18, 2019

Register here! (or call 734-764-3967 during open hours)

Dates

February 18, 2019

Price

Price Drop! $45 by Saturday, February 16, 2019

About this Trip

We’ll drive up to an hour (hopefully less) to the nearest woods with good snow and head out for a night ski. If the moon and the clouds cooperate we’ll turn off our headlamps and ski through the silver stillness of night. We’ll end by heading indoors for a cozy cup of hot chocolate.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear, cross-country skis, cross-country ski boots
  • Trip leaders

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jacket, hat, gloves, mittens and good socks

Pre-Trip Meeting

There will be no pre-trip meeting for this adventure.

Spring Break South: Hiking & Camping
Mar 2 – 8, 2019

Register here! (or call 734-764-3967 during open hours)

Dates

March 2 – 8, 2019

Price

$575 by Monday, February 18, 2019

About this Trip

It’s early March. Winter refuses to end. Winter cannot be defeated, leaving you with only one choice: run away! Or in this case drive south with us to Cumberland Island, GA for sun, sand, camping and hiking.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear including tents and stoves
  • All climbing gear, sleeping bags, backpacks and sleeping pads
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (optional)

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Spring Break South: Backpacking & Caving
Mar 2 – 9, 2019

Register here! (or call 734-764-3967 during open hours)

Dates

March 2 – 9, 2019

Price

$675 by Monday, February 18, 2019

About this Trip

Head south for sun, warmth and sand. (Also dark, damp and caves.) Escape the cold by heading south to Cumberland Island, GA, where we’ll spend our time hiking, hunting for seashells, and sleeping under the stars. We’ll hike up to 10 miles a day while on the island. On the way home, we’ll stop at Mammoth Caves for some spectacular spelunking. This is sure to be a spring break you’ll never forget!

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear including tents and stoves
  • All climbing gear, sleeping bags, backpacks and sleeping pads
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (optional)

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Spring Break North Multisport
Mar 3 – 8, 2019

Register here! (or call 734-764-3967 during open hours)

Dates

March 3 – 8, 2019

Price

$675 by Tuesday, February 19, 2019

About this Trip

The nice thing about living in a cold weather state is that people get really creative with what to do when there’s snow on the ground. This trip is designed to explore the wildest examples. Join us for a five day trip through the snowy landscape of Michigan. We’ll head up to Muskegon to try our hand at an Olympic sport: luge. We’ll then head north to do a day of Fat Tire Biking on the snow of Boyne Highlands. We’ll stick around there for a second day to do some cross-country skiing too. Finally, we’ll hit the Upper Peninsula to meet up with our program Iditarod dog sledding contact. She’ll hook us up with her dog teams and we’ll fly down the trails for a day. This is going to be a wild trip . . . hope you can make it!

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • All group gear including tents and stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks and sleeping pads available if needed
  • Trip leaders
  • Meals

Not Included

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries
  • Pillow (optional)

Pre-Trip Meeting

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109


First Ascent

The First Ascent program provides incoming U‑M freshmen with an opportunity to connect with fellow freshmen in small groups for camping, hiking, paddling and exploring the state’s natural areas. Casual campfire discussions are led by upper-level undergrads or grad students and center around the transition to college and all things U‑M. The goal of First Ascent is to help participants grow in self-esteem, self-reliance and confidence—and to have a great time!

All gear is provided. No experience is necessary.

We’ve worked with University Housing to coordinate our First Ascent trips with move-in. If your trip starts in late August and ends on an official move-in date, you can move your belongings in to your room before the trip begins.

First Ascent Trip Dates for Spring/Summer 2019 Coming Soon!


Camps

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Climbing Week
July 29 – August 2

Prepare to embark on new heights! Campers will be spend the week learning the basics of climbing from knot tying to proper belay techniques to bringing their new skills to practice on high rope courses and climbing walls. As the week comes to a close, campers will take a trip to Grand Ledge to put their skills to the test!

Environmental Exploration Week
August 5 – August 9

Campers will have the ability to dive in, literally, into all that nature has to offer. Each day campers will tackle the different elements of nature from tubing down cascades, learning about animal rehabilitation at the Howell Nature Center, to making their own fishing rod and testing it out at our on-site river and pond. Campers will gain new skills that will increase their own personal connection to the outdoors.

Outdoor Skills Week
August 12 – August 16

Become an outdoor survivalist with a week packed full of hands on experiences that will challenge campers to think outside of the box. Campers will explore local parks to learn orienteering, Leave No Trace practices, fire-building and other outdoor skills. Add in archery, kayaking, and high adventure climbing, and your camper will leave the week ready to take on the great outdoors.


Become an Intern

For Interested Candidates

Adventure Leadership is an outdoor, activity-based, experiential learning and leadership development program. You will guide trips and facilitate team building programs, providing participants opportunities to explore leadership, organizational behavior, group development, and the environment using adventure education practices and outdoor recreation principles. In addition to hands-on experiences, you will design and complete a project of your own that takes into account your unique strengths, passions, and ambitions. For example, your project might address underserved populations; build a relationship with a key stakeholder; or create a new exercise, element or initiative for team building. No matter what your career aspirations may be, the skills and experience gained during this internship will be powerful and highly valued in all areas of your life, personal or professional.

2019 Internship Hiring, Training and Employment Timeline

The following dates are required for all potential interns. Please disclose any conflicts in the application.

  • January 28, 2019 Applications Due
  • January 30, 2019 Interview Invitations Sent
  • February 13, 2019 @ 7PM – 8:30PM Interview Session I
  • February 20, 2019 @ 7PM – 8:30PM Interview Session II
  • February 27, 2019 @ 7PM – 9PM Final Interview Session
  • March 6, 2019 Internship Offers Sent
  • March 15, 2019 Deadline for Internship Acceptance
  • March 30, 2019 @ 9AM – 5PM Facilitation Training I
  • March 31, 2019 @ 9AM – 5PM Facilitation Training II
  • April 3, 2019 @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM Facilitation Training III
  • April 10, 2019 @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM Facilitation Training IV
  • April 17, 2019 @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM Facilitation Training V
  • May 6 – 10, 2019 Wilderness First Responder Training
  • May 15 – 17, 2019 Trip Leader Training
  • May 22 & May 23, 2019 @ 9AM – 5PM Low Element Training
  • May 29 & 30, 2019 @ 9AM – 5PM High Adventure Training
  • May 31 & June 1, 2019 by appointment Skill Verification Days
  • June 5, 2019 – September 4, 2019 Wednesday Evening Bi-Weekly In-Service Trainings
  • August 24 – 31, 2019 Peak Week – MANDATORY

Expected Time Commitment

  • May 13, 2019 – September 2, 2019 Minimum 15 hours/week (maximum 40) as assigned
  • September 3, 2019  – November 30, 2019 Additional hours available based on program schedule

Compensation

  • $9.45/hour

Application

Please respond to the following prompts with a short paragraph (2-3 sentences). Attach your resume and your responses in a document and email to Jessa Lytle, Assistant Director, at jessal@umich.edu.

  • What do you hope to gain as a member of the AL Internship 2019 Cohort?
  • Do you have prior experience working in an adventure, education, outdoor recreation, experiential learning, or challenge program? Please list any skills, qualifications, and/or certifications you possess as they apply to this type of work.
  • Please share an example of a time you felt outside of your comfort zone.
  • Please list any dates/times that conflict with the internship timeframe. This information will be used to create each intern’s individual schedule, so please be as thorough as possible. Examples include but are not limited to: class, family vacation, study abroad programs, research expectations, part time job hours, other commitments, etc.
  • How did you hear about this opportunity?

Adventure Leadership Camp is packed full with opportunities and experiences for your teen to cultivate wonder, gain confidence and independence, and further develop their leadership style. Adventure Leadership Camp utilizes the experiential learning model to focuses on each camper’s own personal growth as the week goes on. Campers will have the chance to explore high adventure challenges, embark on field trips near and far, be actively involved in their community, and create new friendships.


Policies

Trip Refunds

Refunds for Adventure Leadership trips are given only for the following circumstances:

  1. You can find someone to take your place on the trip.
  2. You have a documented medical emergency and must cancel.
  3. There is an active wait list for the trip and we are able to fill your spot.
  4. You are cancelling at least 3 weeks prior to the trip. For Spring Break and First Ascent Trips, at least 4 weeks prior is required.

Specific Trip Policies

Each trip follows a different set of policies and guidelines. We typically cover this information in our mandatory pre-trip meetings. These meetings are held a few days before your trip; if you have questions at any time, contact us.

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