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Leader Training

All trip leaders will need to complete trip leader training as well as become CPR and First Aid certified (or renew your certifications before Trips begin). If you have led a DOC Trip before or are a sub-club leader, you are NOT exempt from trip leader training. The trainings have been designed in a way that builds upon the experience and expertise of former leaders in preparing new folks. The goal of trip leader training is to bring current students together to share insight on how we can collectively build community at Dartmouth, how we can safely guide students through the outdoors, and how to work well with a co-leader to support the incoming students.

You can complete your training by attending CB, RM, and WS separately throughout the spring or summer term OR by attending ONE "All-in-One" day-long training. These are a blast and a great way to take care of all your non-medical training in one day! CPR and First Aid classes are not included in the "All-In-One" sessions. In order to successfully complete each training you need to show up on time, stay the whole time, and be engaged so you can really learn the skills you need to lead a trip.

Leaders MUST complete the following training sessions during the spring or summer:

  • Community Building
  • Risk Management
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Outdoor Experience: All leaders must participate in one outdoor experience relevant to your trip type. We will communicate with you regarding this requirement.
  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • 2014 Trip Leader Training Schedule

  • All-In-One Summer Trainings
  • Saturday, July 19th, Tom Dent Cabin
    Risk Management, 9 am-12 pm
    Community Building, 1-4 pm
    Wilderness Skills, 4-7 pm

    Sunday, August 3rd, Tom Dent Cabin
    Risk Management, 9 am-12 pm
    Community Building, 1-4 pm
    Wilderness Skills, 4-7 pm

    Sunday, August 17th, Tom Dent Cabin
    Risk Management, 9 am-12 pm
    Community Building, 1-4 pm
    Wilderness Skills, 4-7 pm

    Click here to sign up for trainings!

    FA/CPR Certification Details

    Any certification from a nationally-recognized provider will fulfill our requirement (American Heart Association, Red Cross, etc). Certifications more advanced than Basic First Aid will definitely fulfill the first aid requirement (WFA, WFR, OEC, EMT, etc). Just check to make sure your certifications don't expire before Trips! You can also get certified at home - check out the big organizations mentioned above. However, on-campus options tend to be easier and cost less, so we recommend getting your certifications either through Dartmouth EMS or through classes offered by Trips. Check out the spring Training Schedule for more details.

    You must scan & send a copy of your CPR and First Aid certification before your trip begins. Please send certifications to


    First-Year Trips is divided into 10 sections, with staggered overlapping dates (section A leaders arrive Monday, section B leaders arrive Tuesday, etc.). Please log-in to your trip assignment for your specific trip dates.

    Each section is six days long for leaders:

    • Day 0: Leaders arrive and head off to Gilman Island for the night for their skills refresher course (we’re calling this day zero to keep the other days consistent with the trippee description).
    • Day 1: Incoming students arrive in Hanover and check-in in the afternoon. After check-in, everyone plays games to get to know each other, then each trip heads off to dinner separately to get to know each other. Trips spend the night in Hanover.
    • Day 2: Trips head off on busses to their drop-off points and head off on their trips. Some trips stay in cabins, others camp out.
    • Day 3: Trips spend a full day out in the wilderness and one more night out.
    • Day 4: Trips head out to their pick-up point and get bussed to the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, Dartmouth’s home in the mountains. The whole section has dinner here, and spends the night.
    • Day 5: Trips get bussed back to Hanover. Sections A, B, C, and D head back home for about week until orientation — other sections can move into their dorms after their trip.

    The Trips calendar will be updated online this winter. Check back for an update!

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