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UMC Canoe Leadership Expedition

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Join us for a true wilderness expedition in the heart of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness. Travel the Main Salmon, known for its pristine beauty, white-water rapids, and its rich human history. Designed for UMC Pastors, this expedition is the opportunity of a lifetime.


For the entire 8 days of your course, your mode of travel is the canoe, perhaps the most aesthetic of wilderness travel skills. Highly maneuverable yet self-contained with the ability to carry heavy loads, canoes were the boat of choice for many of this continent’s early explorers.


This expedition includes our most complete leadership curriculum, using the same model with which we train space station astronauts and shuttle crews. Participants rotate serving as designated leaders each day, while others learn active followership to help make an optimal team. Time is prioritized for individual and group reflection about effective situational leadership.


NOLS courses are designed to develop resilient, confident leaders who work better in teams. A NOLS education makes those leaders more prepared to plan and make decisions, remain self-aware, and communicate effectively in any environment.


In today’s busy world, resilience is a critical leadership skill—and that is the very skill participants identified most commonly as coming from their NOLS education.


UMC Canoe Leadership Expedition

Sep 9 - Sept 16, 2011

Group Size: 9 students
Course Route: Main Fork, Salmon River
Course Location: Salmon, ID
Activity: Canoeing
Tuition: $2,400

April 4 - deposit and application due ($750)
June 15 - remainder of balance due ($1650)

To Apply: Application (pdf)
due April 4  
due June 15 Tuition Balance Form
  Insurance Form (pdf)
  Medical Form (pdf)
  Gear Request Form (pdf)
  Student Agreement (pdf)

You may fax forms to 307-332-8811 Attn: NOLS Professional Training or scan and email them to, or mail them to:

NOLS Professional Training
284 Lincoln St.
Lander, WY 82520

Supplemental Information: Course Description (pdf)
  Equipment List (pdf)
  Equipment Request Form (pdf)
For more information contact: NOLS Professional Training
Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 3



A behind-the-scenes look at what a NOLS wilderness expedition is all about:



Photo: Pascal Beauvais

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