At the Outdoor Program, Trip Initiators are a diverse group- they represent a variety of skill levels, cultures and expertise. They could be one of your classmates, old highschool buddies or future colleague and what they all have in common is a passion for adventure and sharing that with others. OP trips are cooperative and consensus based, so the initiator is an equal participant on the trip. The group decisions, expenses, work, and logistics are shared by all participants and each individual takes responsibility for her/his own safety- much like a group of friends. Trip Initiator Clinics are offered twice per term (sign up for Email Alerts for dates/times). The initiator puts things in motion by posting a trip, facilitates the group process, emphasizes safety, and encourages everyone to HAVE FUN! The OP staff is here to help initiators as much as they like and we’ll do all we can to support you and make sure you have a great trip! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits Of Trip Initiating:
- Plan trips when and where you like. Sea Kayaking in BC? Climbing in Utah?
- FREE OP personal gear rentals on your trip (kayaks, snowboards, XC skis, etc..)
- Opportunities for personal growth and challenge.
- Learn group dynamic and trip planning skills to apply in every day life.
- Get fantastic real job skills–looks great on a resume!
OP Trip Initiator Clinic
To become an OP Trip Initiator, one must attend a two hour clinic and an outing the following weekend. Unlike many outdoor leadership courses that require certifications and extensive training, the OP Trip Initiator Clinic simply acquaints one to a cooperative philosophy (The OP Philopsophy), the unique leadership role of being an initiator, our facilities and procedures.
The clinics are will be offered once per term depending on the amount of interest shown. The OP announces the Trip Initiator Clinic in our newsletter that is published every academic term, and on the web under Upcoming Events. Clinics are generally held on a weekday in the early evening (around 5:30 pm). If these times do not work with your schedule, notify the OP staff. Sometimes special arrangements can be made to offer clinics at alternate times.
Trip Initiator Training Part I: Trip Initiator Clinic (Thursday, October 13, 2016)
Clinics are held in the OP Office in the EMU. The first half of the clinic covers OP cooperative and leadership philosophy, liability, trip planning, conducting pre-trip meetings etc;. We will also plan our own trip for the following weekend and practice making it happen.
The second half of the clinic familiarizes trip initiators with OP gear, equipment and trip key packet checkout and UO liability form procedures. If participants are interested in initiating rafting trips, they are encouraged to stay for another half hour to learn more specifically about rafts.
Trip Initiator Training Part II: The Outing (Sunday, October 16, 2016)
The morning of the outing will start with logistics about opening up the barn, renting gear, filling out waivers and ultimately how to get out the door and on to the adventure. On the trip of choice, chosen at the clinic, we will have opportunities to learn more about consensus-based decision making and basic safety skills and things to remember as a trip initiator. Remember, we're practicing the skills one would need to initiate a trip regardless if it's through the OP or not.
Trip Initiator Training Part III: Van Certification
In order to drive the OP vans, one must pass an online test and submit a copy of his or her driving record to the OP for a certification card. Once this comes back from the transportation department, a driving tutorial for our specific vehicles must be arranged with our pro-staff.
Begin the driver certification process here.
Sign up here. See you at the clinic!