If you’d like to lead trips with the HOC, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at the information below to see what the options are. And, even if you’re not an official HOC leader, we encourage the use of our email list for planning all things outdoors. So if you’re ever looking to head to the mountains and you want company, send out a message! Alright, here we go:
Each year the club runs a leader training program, accepting applications in the fall for the year’s class. The application information is sent out over the club’s email list, so you’ll want to join if you’re interested in applying. No outdoor experience is necessary, but it’s certainly a plus. We’re mostly looking for outdoors-loving, fun-loving people with a desire to lead, learn, and spend time outside. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email the HOC’s vice president (email on the about page).
The training program consists of a few different elements:
We don’t require that you have tons of outdoors experience! We’re looking for people who have sound judgement, and who are excited about getting outside and getting involved in the club.
You’ll be required to attend approximately three 1-1.5 hour evening skills sessions, the half-day skills session, come on both training trips, and complete your WFA and CPR training. In addition, each trainee is required to co-lead two official HOC trips with a senior leader during the spring semester. We also strongly recommend that trainees come on our 5-day Wintercession trip at the end of J-Term. You’ll get to practice your leadership skills, and it’s lots of fun too! Finally, trainees are required to attend our weekly leader meetings on Monday nights (see the sidebar to the right for the meeting time). That may sound like a lot, but it should sound fun as well — we’re looking for people who will stay committed to the club, lead trips regularly, and have a positive impact on what we do.
Most of the training will be during the fall semester, as we try to run the first training trip after much of the skills training but before it gets too cold and snowy. We’ll go over this more fully during your interview and answer any questions you have about it.
So keep an eye out for the application in the fall, and again, feel free to email the HOC’s vice president (email on the about page) if you have any questions.
If you feel like you already have the experience required to lead HOC trips, check out the form below: