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Adventure Leadership Program

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Develop your outdoor leadership skills through this interactive and exciting course. Participants will be learning both leadership and technical skills in classroom sessions and on outdoors trips. Technical skills include equipment, food preparation, logistics and clothing needs. Leadership topics include decision making, critical thinking, informal interpretation, teaching skills, leadership qualities and styles. Take this opportunity to expand your leadership abilities in the outdoors. This course is required to apply and interview to become a Volunteer CSUSB Adventure Leader.

When you register you will receive a questionnaire to complete and bring with you to the first workshop. After the first workshop and review of your completed questionnaire we will select participants to continue in the training program. Payment will not be due until you are accepted into the program.


In order to register for the Adventure Leader Program course, you must be CSUSB student, faculty or staff, have a CA Driver License, pass a background check, and have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

Summer 2024 Training 

Apply HereApplications Due June 24, 2024

Leadership Training Trips ( All Required)

Trip Dates:
July 19, 2024, 8:00am - 5:00pm - On Campus and Day Hike
July 22 - 24, 2024, 8:00am - 9:00pm - Wilderness Backpack Trip
August 2, 2024, 8:00am - 10:00pm - Kayak and Canoeing 

Shadow Trips (Choose Two)

9/6 - Canyoneer - SBC

9/14 - Cosmic Nights - SBC

9/15 - Silverwood Lake Kayak - SBC

9/21 - La Jolla Snorkel and Hike - SBC

10/5 - La Jolla Snorkel and Hike - SBC


Additional Required Training

  • Defensive Driver
  • Food Handlers

Adventure Leadership Program Cost

CSUSB student, faculty or staff: $75. To be paid after applying if accepted if selected.

Become an Adventure Leader

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After successful completion of the Adventure Leadership Program you can apply and interview to become a volunteer CSUSB Adventure Leader. Leaders must volunteer to lead at least one trip every semester to stay active. 

Once a Leader

As a CSUSB Adventure Leader, you can request trips that you would like to lead in future quarters. We will then assign you with a co-leader to lead trips that match your skills and leadership ability. Leaders are expected to continue to attend leader training trips and to keep current in certifications.

Certifications include: CSUSB Defensive Driver Course, the San Bernardino Food Handler Certification, CPR/AED, and WFA.

You will also be required to complete a State Harassment Training

Benefits of Being a CSUSB Adventure Leader

  • Great leadership experience
  • Discounts on trips and rentals
  • Explore the great outdoors
  • Make friends with similar interests
  • Opportunity to stay fit and healthy
  • Possible career exploration
  • Conferences and trainings for free or at reduced price
  • Discounts on purchasing outdoor gear

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader for CSUSB Adventure, register for our Adventure Leader Program which is offered quarterly. For more information on becoming a leader you can call Mark Oswood (909) 537-3863 or email


Title: Adventure Program Coordinator

Education/Qualifications: Education: Bachelor and Master of Science, Recreation Administration. Qualifications: Mark has been with CSUSB Adventure since 2007 and before that he worked for UC Riverside's Outdoor Excursions program. Mark is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Smith System Driver Trainer, Certified Course Manager and Level 2 (Association for Challenge Course Technology), Wilderness First Responder, and American Red Cross instructor. Mark is also an instructor at UNLV where he teaches backpacking and canoeing classes.

My Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: "I am not able to go on all our adventures but I do get to hear about them from our trip leaders and participants. My favorite experience is hearing about the beautiful places visited and connections people have made whil eon our trips. I would have to say my favorite trip is snowshoeing in the winter in Yo So Mighty!"

Favorite Hobbies: Exploring new places, rafting and spending time with my family.