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Adventure Leadership Program

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.

Adventure Leadership Program Cost

CSUSB student, faculty or staff: $60. To be paid after applying if accepted if selected.

Winter 2022 Training 

Apply Here (Applications Due November 30, 2022)

Multi-day Leadership Training Trip (Required)

Pre-Trip Meeting: December 7, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:00pm SRWC Room 203
Trip Dates: December 12 - 16, 2022 - Off Campus
Time: 8:00am Monday - 8:00pm Friday
Location: Black Canyon Colorado River
Activities Include: Canoeing, Camping and Hiking

Shadow Trips (Choose Two)

Jan 21 - Hollywood Sign Hike


Become an Adventure Leader

After successful completion of the Adventure Leadership Program you can apply and interview to become a volunteer CSUSB Adventure Leader.

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.

John E. Harford III

Title: Adventure Leader and Adventure Staff

Education/Qualifications: Currently a first year student at CSUSB. Undeclared at the moment but interest in Biology. CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certified. Eagle Scout.

Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: Each experience has its own unique memory to it. But if I had to choose it would be the first. The first year Adventure Welcome Experience to Big Sur, California. We started the day with bonding activities and going on the Leadership Challenge Course. And then the trip itself of exploring and enjoying ourselves in an amazing location. You lose yourself in the moment and just appreciate life, each adventure trip has that.

Favorite Hobbies: Photography, music, and exploring.