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:
2013 Trip Leader Training Schedule
Download the spring 2013 training schedule here.
You must sign-up for all trainings ONLINE as space is limited.
The summer 2013 training schedule will be posted in June.
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 September 2013! 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 2013 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 DOC.Trips.Safety.Master@gmail.com.
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:
Here are the dates of the 10 sections this year:
 Sections primarily for incoming students living in the northeast U.S. — most participants will return home after their trip, then return to campus for orientation.
 Sections for non-local incoming students — participants can leave their belongings in their dorm rooms and move in when their trip returns.
Monday, September 2, is Labor Day, a national holiday in the U.S. — please plan extra time for traveling during Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on September 4th and ends September 6th.
Fall term classes start on September 16.