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Adventure Leadership

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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Upper Peninsula Dogsledding
Jan 17 – 20, 2020

Date

January 17-20, 2020

About

Experience the true spirit of winter recreation: come dogsledding and snowshoeing in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula this MLK weekend! Fly down wooded trails led by a team of professional dogs, and visit the amazing Eben Ice Caves or other magnificent ice structures as time will allow. Snowshoes will be provided as we hike through endless white woods of the northern mitten. Cozy cabins, hot chocolate, good friends, and warm blankets also provided. No experience is required!

Cost

$425 by Monday, January 13, 2020

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders, dogsledding instruction
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • All group gear including snowshoes

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing including boots, hats, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:30pm. at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St

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Peabody Ice Climbing
Feb 1 & Feb 16, 2020

Dates

February 1, 2020

February 16, 2020

About

Looking to try something new and exciting this year? Have you ever wanted to scale a wall of ice? If so, come ice climbing with Adventure Leadership this winter! Peabody Ice Climbing Club is located about 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?

Cost

$115 by January 31 for the February 1 trip

$115 by February 14 for the February 16 trip

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Climbing equipment

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal gear: Weather appropriate clothing including jacket, hat, gloves, mittens

Pre-Trip Meeting

No pre-trip meeting required

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Dark Sky Park Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski
Feb 7 – 9, 2020

Dates

February 7 – 9, 2020

About

Drive up north with us for a spectacular view of the winter sky! Did you know that cold weather provides the best conditions for night sky viewing (and bonding with strangers!)? We will sleep at Wilderness State Park in a cozy cabin, spending our days cross country skiing and our nights stargazing and drinking hot chocolate.

Cost

$225 by Monday, February 3, 2020

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Sleeping bags

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road for the first and last day
  • Personal gear: Weather-appropriate clothing including jacket, hat, gloves, mittens, winter boots, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:30pm. at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St

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Spring Break: Cumberland Island
Mar 1 – 7, 2020

Dates

March 1 – 7,  2020

About

Head south this spring break for both sun, warmth, and sand and dark, damp caves! Start your trip at Mammoth Caves for some truly spectacular spelunking. Then, escape the cold by heading south to Cumberland Island, GA, where we will spend our time hiking among old ruins, hunting for seashells with wild horses, and sleeping under the stars. We will hike up to ten miles each day while exploring this beautiful island for three full days. This is sure to be a spring break trip you will never forget!

Cost

$675 by Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trip Includes

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

You Bring

  • Personal gear: Weather-appropriate clothing, shoes and toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Tuesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:30pm. at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St

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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 2020 Coming Soon!

For questions, email advleadtrips@umich.edu or call (734) 764-3967.


Youth Camps

Let us take your child’s summer to the next level! Adventure Leadership Camp is packed with opportunities for campers to cultivate wonder, build confidence and independence, and develop new relationships. Your camper will spend the week engaging in a variety of experiences—from climbing to kayaking—that will empower them and encourage exploration of the natural world around them. Our survival challenges, excursions, and high adventure activities (led by University of Michigan students participating in the Adventure Leadership Internship program) will inspire collaboration and creative problem solving, while allowing campers to practice resilience and enjoy all the outdoor excitement Ann Arbor has to offer.

Both day camp sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Adventure Education Center at 1120 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Drop-off will occur at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up will end at 4:30 p.m.

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Adventure Leadership Camp
August 3 – 7, 2020

Open to campers ages 11 – 13. Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

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Adventure Leadership Camp
August 10 – 14, 2020

Open to campers ages 11 – 13. Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

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Adventure Leadership Camp – LGBTQQIA+
August 17 – 21, 2020

LGBTQQIA+ Adventure Leadership Exploration

Open to lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied (LGBTQQIA+) teens ages 14-17. LGBTQQIA+ Adventure Leadership Exploration is packed with opportunities for teens to cultivate community, build confidence and independence, and explore their identity in a safe and nurturing environment for LGBTQQIA+ teens. Teens will spend the week engaging in a variety of experiences—from climbing to kayaking—that will empower them and encourage exploration of the natural world around them. Our survival challenges, excursions, and high adventure activities (led by University of Michigan Master of Social Work Students and supervised by a licensed Social Worker) will inspire collaboration and develop leadership skills to empower their community.

Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

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Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder courses are designed specifically to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors, and is the outdoor education and recreation industry’s standard for wilderness medical training. This is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionals and the course you want your friends to have taken before you travel with them. This course uses the Wilderness Medicine Training Center’s unique Distance Learning Project. Participants complete a course of study and tests online prior to the start of the practical on-site training. Registration opens February 3, 2020 and is open to the public.  Call with questions or for more info 734-764-3967.

Dates

May 4 – 8, 2020

Location

Adventure Education Center, 1120 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Cost

$595

Registration

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival

Ignite your passion for adventure! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Michigan Theater, hosted by Adventure Leadership.  Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks.

2020 Film Festival Postponed

The film festival has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, check out these FREE film selections from past Banff Centre Mountain Film Festivals. You can feel like you’re whitewater kayaking through the Rio Apurimac from your couch!

 


Become an Intern

For Interested Candidates

Adventure Leadership is an outdoor, activity-based, experiential learning and leadership development program. You will facilitate team building programs and can choose to guide trips, providing participants opportunities to explore leadership, organizational behavior, group development, and the environment using adventure education practices and outdoor recreation principles. As an intern, you will learn to design and deliver custom experiential programs for students, educators, corporate groups, nonprofit organizations, and beyond using experiential tools which can include ground initiatives, low ropes course elements, high ropes course elements, and a climbing tower. Interested interns can also learn how to create community by leading day, weekend, or week-long trips. Past trips have included dog sledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, backpacking along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and paddling the Huron River. Upon acceptance of the internship, training will be provided. 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. 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.

2020 Internship Hiring, Training and Employment Timeline

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

  • February 4, 2020 AL Internship Applications Due
  • February 7, 2020 Interview Invitations Sent
  • February 12, 2020 @ 6:30PM – 8:30PM Interview Session I
  • February 19, 2020 @ 6:30PM – 8:30PM Interview Session II
  • February 26, 2020 @ 6:30PM – 8:30PM Final Interview Session
  • February 28, 2020 Internship Offers Sent
  • March 13, 2020 Deadline for Internship Acceptance
  • March 28, 2020 @ 9:30AM – 5:30PM Facilitation Training I
  • March 29, 2020 @ 9:30AM – 5:30PM Facilitation Training II
  • April 1, 2020 @ 6PM – 9PM Facilitation Training III
  • April 7, 2020 @ 6PM – 9PM Facilitation Training IV
  • April 15, 2020 @ 6PM – 9PM Facilitation Training V
  • April 18 & 19, 2020 @ 8:30AM – 4:30PM High Adventure Training
  • April 24, 2020 by appointment High Adventure Practice Day
  • April 28 – May 1, 2020 by appointment Skill Verification Days
  • May 4 – 8, 2020 Wilderness First Responder Training (OPTIONAL)
  • May 13 – 15, 2020 Trip Leader Training
  • May 20 & May 21, 2020 @ 9AM – 5PM Low Element Training
  • June 3, 2020 – October 14, 2020 Bi-Weekly Staff In-Service Sessions (MANDATORY)
  • August 23 – 30, 2020 Peak Week (MANDATORY)

Expected Time Commitment

  • May 11, 2020 – August 31, 2020 Minimum 15 hours/week (maximum 40) as assigned
  • September 1, 2020  – November 30, 2020 Additional hours available upon review and based on program schedule

Compensation

  • $10/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.

  • How did you hear about this opportunity?
  • Do you have prior experience working in an adventure education, outdoor recreation, experiential learning, summer camp, or challenge course program? Please list any skills, qualifications, and/or certifications you possess as they apply to this type of work.
  • What do you hope to gain as a member of the AL Internship 2020 Cohort?
  • Please share an example of a time you tried something new or took a risk.
  • Please list any dates/times that conflict with the internship timeline listed above. 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.

Want to learn more? Check out what Karl, a member of our 2018 Cohort, had to say about his experience.


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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