Volunteer Trip Leader

Venture Outdoors has established a robust Volunteer Trip Leader program that focuses on developing individual’s leadership skills through outdoor recreation.

We offer plenty of training opportunities and an apprentice program to get new leaders up to speed. Becoming a trip leader offers fun, camaraderie, personal growth, and the opportunity to contribute to the Venture Outdoors mission of getting more people outside. Trip leaders are invited to special leaders-only activities, can attend many Venture Outdoors trips free of charge, and enjoy great support from Venture Outdoors staff and other leaders.

Volunteer leaders are absolutely essential to Venture Outdoors’s success, and we highly value the contribution our leaders make. If you love to hike, bike, paddle, backpack–or do anything outside–and want to share your love of these activities with others, please consider becoming a Venture Outdoors trip leader today. Click the link to fill out our volunteer request form.

Trip Leader Expectations

    • Be a current member of Venture Outdoors
    • Have current certifications in CPR (Adult/Child/Infant) and Basic First Aid. Certifications must be from a nationally recognized certifying institution such as Wilderness Medicine Institute, the American Red Cross, or the American Heart Association. (Volunteer trip leaders who hold current Wilderness First Aid certification will be considered to have met the Basic First Aid expectation.)
    • Hold current Child Abuse and Criminal Background Check Clearances
    • Have attended Venture Outdoors Volunteer Orientation
    • Have completed Outdoor Leadership Training—Weekend or Modules (Training scholarship are available by filling out the form)
    • Be in good physical condition to lead the particular activity involved
    • Have some proficiency and experience in the particular activity involved.
    •  Have knowledge of and access to appropriate clothing, footwear, and gear for the particular activity involved
    • Desire to share knowledge with others
    • Commitment to uphold Leave No Trace ethics
    • Act in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a friendly manner
    • Properly complete program paperwork and return to office staff in a timely manner

OUTDOOR News

  • 10 Adventure Photographers that will Inspire You to Get Outside

    February 21, 2017

    By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

    Climbing, hiking, skiing! What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
    These 10 adventure photographers, categorized by sport, will inspire you to get outside no matter what the weather. They’ll have you dreaming of tropical waters, rocky cliff sides, and snow covered slopes all at the same time!

    1. Skiing- Jimmy Chin
    North Face athlete and adventure photographer Jimmy Chin spends his days climbing and skiing in the mountains. In particular he pushes skiing to the extreme, and is among an elite group of people who have skied Everest from the summit!

     » Read more about: 10 Adventure Photographers that will Inspire You to Get Outside  »

  • Venture Outdoors vs. Florida Outfitter

    February 14, 2017

    By: Nancy Latimer

    Venture Outdoors may be a nonprofit with volunteer Trip Leaders, but it’s not a rinky dink operation. Venture Outdoors has rigorous training to ensure that all Trip Leaders follow the same format including the planning, the introduction, the safety, and the experience. Recently, I was on vacation in southwest Florida and went on an Everglades kayak tour with a commercial outfitter. Many of the Venture Outdoors checklist items were the same as my Everglades trip, but Venture Outdoors covered things more thoroughly. I was impressed that Venture Outdoors trips are on par or better!

     » Read more about: Venture Outdoors vs. Florida Outfitter  »

  • Running Outdoors in a Pittsburgh Winter

    February 7, 2017

    AN ESSENTIAL EMBER
    By: Suni Lynn Lee

    Outside the temperature hovers around 10 degrees. As I stand staring out the window, watching the wind whip the snow into sparkling spirals, I feel motivation oozing out of me. Inside it is toasty warm, and I shiver at the thought of stepping out into the cold to begin my run. But, I turn away from the window, thinking, “Today is my day to run, and I will run.”

    Dressed in layers, I feel like an abominable snowman. I stuff soft cotton into my ears, pull a wool stocking cap onto my head,

     » Read more about: Running Outdoors in a Pittsburgh Winter  »

  • Women in Nature Hike

    January 31, 2017

    By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

    During the summer months here in Pittsburgh, adventurous women from all around the city participate in Venture Outdoors’ popular Women on the Water (WOW) programs. But, as the kayaks at North Park and on the rivers have been put away for some time now, it was time to lace up our hiking boots and try something new. 

    So, this year for the first time ever, Venture Outdoors offered the very first Women in Nature Hike! Over 25 excited women met in North Park on January 22 for a leisurely Sunday morning hike in the woods,

     » Read more about: Women in Nature Hike  »

  • Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Ken Sikora

    January 24, 2017

    By: Grace Eggleston, Communications Intern

    There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, be it public, family-friendly, or custom outings. Learn about those who work inside so you can get outside.

    This week we’ll be interviewing Ken Sikora, our Head Trip Leader Specialist.Ken

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?

    I was born and raised in Munhall, just south of Downtown. I went to California University of PA and studied Parks and Recreation Management.

     » Read more about: Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Ken Sikora  »

Featured Outing

 

Outdoor Leadership Training
Sunday, February 28
9 AM – 5 PM

This day-long, classroom-based training is designed to improve your leadership skills in a format that fits your schedule. The eight-hour course is a fast-paced mix of skill training, awareness development and fun.

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