Take your leadership skills to the next level! Our Outdoor Leadership Training is a fast-paced mix of skill training, awareness, development, and fun! No previous leadership experience is necessary. Participants of all backgrounds and experience levels with passion for the outdoors and an interest in leadership are welcome.

Topics include assessing the group, setting expectations, and managing risk. Outdoor Leadership Training is required for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer Trip Leader.

Please fill out this form to apply for an Outdoor Leadership Training Scholarship.

Getting Ready to Go

  1. Complete an Assumption of Risk Form.
  2. Check the weather forecast for the location. Set aside the appropriate equipment and clothing for the predicted temperature and conditions.
  3. Review the meeting location address and directions.
  • Weather appropriate clothing (preferably non-cotton layers).
  • Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes appropriate for the terrain.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for check in. This gives the Trip Leaders enough time to collect Assumption of Risk Forms and start the trip on time.

Venture Outdoors provides multiple directions for accessing the meeting location including GPS coordinates, closest address, Google map link, and driving directions from Pittsburgh. Please review these directions in advance and plan your route to allow ample time for travel and onsite preparation. The Trip Leaders’ cellphone numbers are provided as a courtesy, but they may not be available by phone during check-in. Any necessary contact should be made at least 30 minutes before the trip begins. It is the participant’s responsibility to arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to the start time. Please arrive early as trips cannot be delayed for late arrivals.

Yes. During Outdoor Leadership Training, training locations include bathroom stops at or near the facility. The type and availability of facility depends on the time of year and location. Urban settings and many parks offer flush toilets or port-a-johns.

What to Bring?

  1. Signed Assumption of Risk Form
  2. Water Bottle
  3. Food (snacks/lunch)
  4. Notebook and Pen
After some time to process, I figured out what I got from the training: Venture Outdoors is an incredible community of like-minded people whose goal is simple – to help get people to love the outdoors as much as they do. The volunteers are crazy–to take on so much responsibility simply for the satisfaction of helping others. It’s wonderful. What a scary and wonderful group of folks to join. It’s going to be the best adventure yet. I am so grateful to be given the chance to be a part of this amazing group of people.
- Outdoor Leadership Training Participant