"Be a Trip Leader because Trip Leaders are Awesome"
It’s pretty simple…. If you like being outside and you like to do it without breaking the bank, then you should be a Trip Leader (TL). Being a TL is ideal for those folks who want to get more involved in Outdoors Club Boston College (OCBC), but don’t quite have the time to be on the Executive Board. It’s an easy way to get yourself in the sunshine, learn/teach cool wilderness skills, and become best friends with everyone else that loves mother nature just as much as you do. And if that’s not enough, there are more perks! On top of going on trips for free, TLs have access to OCBC gear, certification opportunities, and, of course, get to make some rad memories. TLs are encouraged to become as qualified as possible and OCBC provides the ability to do that. TLs are required to take an Outdoor Leadership course in the fall to learn basic wilderness skills and the fundamentals about taking groups outside. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is also suggested, but not required. It is also asked that TLs carve out some time each semester to lead at least one trip and teach and/or attend two student-led clinics. Clinics range from tasty outdoor recipes to knot-tying know-how, but we are always looking for innovative ideas and opportunities to learn something new. So this is all fine and dandy, but the Einsteins out there might be wondering what kind of trips a TL can run. Currently, there are four trip categories: Hiking, Climbing, Water and Winter. We ask that TLs pick one or two areas to focus their expertise, but you can still participate in as many outings as you want! Hiking TLs often frequent areas in the greater Boston area, such as the Blue Hills. Climbing trips to Central Rock Gym in Watertown are popular as is kayaking on The Charles for Water TLs. Finally, Winter TLs run an annual ski trip that we are looking to grow every year. Of course, OCBC is always excited to hear about new trip possibilities and encourage TLs to bring ideas to the table. Basically, TLs are the foundation of the OCBC community. They help BC students enjoy the great outdoors with educated guidance and enthusiasm. If anything above strikes your fancy, please feel free to contact OCBC for more information. Becoming a TL is just the beginning of integrating yourself into the OCBC family. Stay in the loop about outdoor fun, make some friends, and maybe learn a few things along the way. If you love OCBC, then apply because OCBC loves you too.