Gain outdoor skills, along with leadership and teaching experience. Apply for the Outdoor Education staff training program.

About the Training Process

Fall applications for the 2019-2020 Staff Training program are now available for members of the Class of 2023. Those interested should attend an info session on either Wednesday 9/4 or Thursday 9/5 at Basecamp. Both sessions will be at 4:45 p.m.

The full training experience is nine months of experiential lessons, weekly classes, trips, and apprenticeships that bring you together with other highly engaged and diverse first-years and sophomores. Students who complete the training program are eligible to be hired as Outdoor Education student-staff to teach physical education classes and backyard adventures, lead Wilderness Adventure trips, and provide team building opportunities for the Colgate community.

In addition to weekly classes, you will participate in numerous weekend trips to the Adirondacks and other destinations to strengthen technical skills, learn about risk assessment and management, promote a passion for the natural world, and to develop teaching and leadership skills. Previous outdoor experience is not required, but an eagerness to learn, a sense of adventure, and a strong desire to teach your peers are all paramount.

See this informational sheet for more details on the structure and costs associated with the program:


Important Dates, Deadlines, and Calendars

2019–20 CALENDAR

Review the linked calendar for all training program dates and classes:

Monday, September 2

By this date, applications will be available on this site. Please do not complete/submit the application until after you have attended one of the info sessions.

Wednesday, September 4 or Thursday, September 5 at 4:45 p.m.

Anyone interested should attend one of these information sessions at Base Camp. If you cannot attend either and still want to apply for staff training, email

Monday, September 9 by 10:00 a.m.

Applications are due. Applications must be submitted as a PDF to Please ensure that your file name includes your name and that your name appears on page one of the application.

Monday, September 9 from 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Mandatory group interview at the Hall of Presidents.

Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12

Small group interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Friday, September 13 - Wednesday, September 18

Individual interviews will be scheduled to take place at Base Camp.

Friday, September 20

Training acceptances will be sent out via email.

Monday, September 23

Training begins! The first training class will meet at Basecamp at 4:30pm.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted as a PDF and emailed to by the deadline listed above.



Ben Oliver
Phone: 315-228-6015