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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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Taste of Adventure: Camping & High Course
Sept 13 – 14 & 14 – 15, 2019

Date

Trip A: September 13 – 14, 2019

Trip B: September 14 – 15, 2019

About

Try a night of camping and our High Ropes course! We will camp at one of our favorite local spots, cook dinner over a stove or fire, sleep in tents or under the stars, and venture to the U‑M Adventure Education Center for a high ropes course! A great trip for beginners or anyone wanting to get outside.

Cost

$125

Trip Includes

  • Trip Leaders
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Group Gear including tents, pots, stoves
  • Sleeping bags, backpacks, and sleeping pads available if needed

You Bring

Weather appropriate clothing, including winter jackets, boots, hat, gloves or mittens, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

September 10, 2019 at 7:30pm at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sept 20 – 22, 2019

Date

September 20 – 22, 2019

About

Join us on a weekend trip to Michigan’s most famous and beautiful attraction, Sleeping Bear Dunes. Hike along Lake Michigan, scale towering dunes and enjoy spectacular scenery.

Cost

$215

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Group gear including tents, pots, stoves

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road during the first and last day
  • Weather appropriate clothing, toiletries.

Pre-Trip Meeting

September 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill

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Recharge Adventure Therapy Trip
Sept 28 – 29, 2019

Date

September 28 – 29, 2019

About

Embody the authentic expression of yourself while engaging all your senses in an outdoor excursion. As you partake in one of our many activities, such as hiking through the lush forest, participating in our challenge courses, or simply enjoying quiet time as you survey scenic landscapes, you will connect your body and mind with nature. Listen to your body, and allow yourself to break away from daily distractions and pressures to live in the present moment. This trip is two separate days, no overnight. Each day we will meet at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center and depart for our location from there. Transportation will be provided!

Cost

$125

Trip Includes

  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

You Bring

Weather appropriate clothing, including closed-toe, secure shoes.

Pre-Trip Meeting

No pre-trip meeting required.  Call 734-764-3967 for questions.

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Grand Ledge Climbing
Sept 29, 2019

Date

September 29, 2019

About

Whether you’re a seasoned sport climber or don’t know what a figure eight follow through knot is, this is a great opportunity to get climbing on real rock! Grand Ledge is a unique geologic anomaly in the Lower Peninsula in that there is exposed rock! Thirty-five foot cliffs are a great way to hone skills or try out top-roping for the first time.

Cost

$75

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Climbing gear

You Bring

Weather appropriate clothing, including closed-toe, secure shoes.

Pre-Trip Meeting

No pre-trip meeting required.  Call 734-764-3967 for questions.

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Huron River Paddle
Oct 6, 2019

Date

October 6, 2019

About

Venture with us for a peaceful day down the winding Huron River. This Michigan river is longer than you think – we’ll have to drive North to escape the crowds so we can enjoy sweet, sweet serenity as we float, paddle and gaze all day.

Cost

$85

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Canoes and paddles
  • Lunch

You Bring

Weather appropriate clothing

Pre-Trip Meeting

No pre-trip meeting required.  Call 734-764-3967 for questions.

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Pictured Rocks
Oct 11 – 15, 2019

Date

October 11 – 15, 2019

About

Leave your studies behind, and join your classmates for a breath (or two) of fresh air along the pristine and picturesque Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. Exploring the sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, forest and Lake Superior are all highlights of this trip. This pristine wilderness offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to experience an area truly unique to the Midwest. The bulk of the hike follows the coastline atop sandstone cliffs that erupt 200 ft. out of the vast Lake Superior.

Cost

$395

Trip Includes

  • Trip leaders
  • Transportation
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Canoes and paddles
  • Lunch

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road during the first and last day
  • Weather appropriate clothing including hiking boots, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

Oct 7, 2019 at 7:30pm at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St

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Dark Sky Park
Nov 1 – 3, 2019

Date

November 1 – 3, 2019

About

Head up north with us for some crazy stars and beautiful day hikes! We will camp at Wilderness State Park on the shores of Lake Michigan, hike along the lake and inland, and at night visit the Headlands International Dark Sky Park to get a dazzling view of the night sky.

Cost

$225

Trip Includes

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

You Bring

  • Meals while on the road
  • Weather appropriate clothing including rain coats, boots, hats, toiletries

Pre-Trip Meeting

November 6, 2019 at 7:30pm at Adventure Leadership Center, 336 Hill St

Register here!


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

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


Camps

Adventure Leadership Camps are packed with opportunities for your teen (ages 11–15) to cultivate wonder, gain confidence and independence, and develop leadership skills. Adventure Leadership Camps utilize the experiential learning model—focusing on each camper’s personal growth as the week goes on. Campers will explore high-adventure challenges, embark on field trips near and far, become actively involved in the community, and make new friendships.

All camp sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

To reserve your child’s spot, call the Adventure Leadership Rental Center at (734) 764-3967.  Registration deadline is Friday, July 12, 2019.

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Climbing Week
July 29 – August 2

Prepare to embark on new heights! Campers will spend the week learning the basics of climbing—from knot tying to proper belay techniques—and will bring 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 the Grand Ledge to put their skills to the test!

Cost: $275

Outdoor Skills Week
August 12 – August 16

Learn essential nature survival skills through a week of hands-on experiences that inspire thinking outside the box. Campers will explore local parks to learn orienteering, Leave No Trace practices, fire-building, and other nature skills. We add archery, kayaking, and high-adventure climbing to ensure campers will leave with the confidence to take on the great outdoors.

Cost: $275


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?

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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