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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. 

May 2022 Training 

Multi-day Leadership Training Trip (Required)

Pre-Trip Meeting: May 24, 2022, 5:30pm - 6:00pm SRWC Room 203
Dates: May 27 - 30, 2022 - Off Campus
Time: 10:00am Friday - 9:00pm Monday
Location: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Activities Include: Camping and Hiking

Shadow Trips (Choose Two)

June 4 - Bridge to Nowhere Hike
June 11 - La Jolla Snorkel and Hike
July 9 - Mt. Baldy Hike
July 17 - SoCal Surf
July 30 - La Jolla Snorkel and Hike
July 31 - Palos Verdes Kayak

Other Required Trainings
Food Handlers - Online
CPR/AED - Online and In-Person
Wilderness First-Aid - In-Person 
Defensive Driver Training - Online and In-Person

Summer Break 2022 Training 

Applications Open June 1, 2022 

Multi-day Leadership Training Trip (Required)

Pre-Trip Meeting: August 5, 2022, 2:30pm - 4:30pm SRWC Room 203
Dates: August 10 - 14, 2022 - Off Campus
Time: 8:00am Wednesday - 8:00pm Sunday
Location: TBD
Activities Include: Canoeing, Camping and Hiking

Shadow Trips (Choose Two)

Sept 9 - SoCal Surf
Sept 25 - La Jolla Snorkel and Hike
Oct 2 - SoCal Surf
October 22 - Mt Baden-Powell Hike
Nov 5 - Big Horn Mine 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.