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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 backcountry 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. Scott Mitchell, Providence Director of Outdoor and Physical Education. Mr. Mitchell is proficient in backcountry skills and has practical experience guiding students in wilderness settings.


Past Trips

Students and guides spend six days and five nights in the high Sierras. The first night at Mineral King base camp helps participants acclimate to the elevation and provide an opportunity to make final trip preparations. Students then 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 have opportunities to learn, apply, and reflect on important leadership principles. After exiting the backcountry, the group will spend one final night together at base camp, enjoying a slideshow of trip pictures, and having a summarizing discussion of the experience.

Limited to 10 participants. 




For more information, please contact Scott Mitchell, Director of Outdoor Education, at 805-962-4400 or smitchell@providencesb.org.