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Ahlberg Leadership Institute

The Ahlberg Leadership Institute provides leader training courses and leadership experience to those interested in leading trips through Outdoor Education. The courses are almost entirely student run, and provide primarily experiential based training opportunities. Not only are these courses and experiences valuable ways to learn leadership skills from and amongst your peers, they will also prepare you for careers in outdoor leadership. 

Leader Tracks

The Ahlberg Leadership Institute consists of multiple leader tracks, allowing leaders to specialize in certain types of trips. The main track is the Backcountry Leader Track, designed for general ORC and NSO trips. Branching off from this track are activity specific tracks, including Backcountry Skiing, Rock Climbing, Rafting, and Kayaking. Within each track, there are multiple levels of certification (ranging from Level I – Level III), and each is achieved by completing designated courses and gaining certain experiences. Each certification enables a leader to lead certain types and lengths of trips.


To view detailed course descriptions and to sign up or apply for courses, please log into our online database, Summit.  To do this, click the big link on the left, and follow the simple directions to create an account. Once in Summit, click on Ahlberg Leadership Institute Courses. 

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