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Outdoor Leadership Institute

Outdoor Leadership Institute Trips

The mission of the Outdoor Leadership Institute at Providence is to develop student leadership through meaningful experiences in the outdoors. The curriculum is designed to challenge the strength, intellect, and attitudes of all participants, and to serve as a catalyst for academic achievement, athletic success, social maturity, and personal growth. The OLI is not a survival course, therapeutic program, or leisure pursuit. Students who enroll in the course should expect to be held to high standards of conduct and scholarship, while learning and applying back country skills alongside their peers and faculty. This opportunity is offered to Providence students who will enter grades 10-12 in the fall.

The Outdoor Leadership Institute is directed by Mr. Andy Gill, Providence Director of Outdoor and Physical Education, and Mrs. Becca Gill, Providence Director of Campus Life. The Gills have trained with the National Outdoor Leadership School, American Mountain Guides Association, and the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. They are proficient in back country skills and have practical experience guiding students in wilderness settings.


Trip 2015

August 9-14, 2015  ($350)

The 2015 trip location has not yet been finalized due to potential drought conditions. The trip will take place in the high Sierras, over six days and five nights. Invitations have been emailed to selected students, and the first six who return a completed registration form and payment will secure their enrollment. Please return registrations and payment to the Upper School Office.


Trip 2014

This year’s trip will take place over eight days in the high Sierra. The first night at Mineral King base camp will help participants acclimate to the elevation and provide an opportunity to make final trip preparations. Students will traverse 40 miles of breathtaking terrain in Sequoia National Park over the next six days, camping each night next to an alpine lake. In addition to the physical challenge, they will have opportunities to learn, apply, and reflect on important leadership principles. After exiting the back country, the group will spend one final night together at base camp, enjoying a slide show of trip pictures, and having a summarizing discussion of the experience.

Limited to 10 participants. 




For more information, please contact Andy Gill, Director of Outdoor Education, at 805-962-4400 or agill@providencesb.org.