- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: September
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: Yes
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Tents
- Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
Want to develop your backcountry leadership skills? Would you like to learn or improve upon trail work skills, community service, and volunteer experiences? Want to go a step further and grow as a leader in the outdoors? If so, the Appalachian Mountain Club's Outdoor Leadership & Conservation Semester is perfect for you!
A Leave No Trace Master Educator course and a Wilderness First Responder certification course are part of the curriculum, and will provide you both the experience and the credentials to pursue both careers and advanced personal skills in the outdoors.
Wilderness Backpacking and Canoeing skills will be learned, practiced, and mastered. Advanced trail work training and the opportunity to build upon your skills while completing a variety of trail projects are an integral component of this expedition as well.
Students will engage in intensive community building through rugged wilderness travel adventures all over the Northeast- from Northern New Hampshire, to the Delaware Water Gap. The program will start and end at AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Locations throughout the program may include but are not limited to: *Camp Dodge Volunteer Center in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire the White Mountains and Presidential Range, Noble View Outdoor Center in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, and Mohican Outdoor Center in New Jersey's Delaware Water Gap.
At all locations an AMC facility will be utilized as a jumping off point for "spiking out" in the backcountry. All travel expenses while on course are covered in full by the enrollment fee.