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NOLS Leadership Expeditions for the U.S. Naval Academy are field-based, leadership practicums. These courses are designed to support and complement the classroom leadership curriculum offered through the Academy's Leadership Education and Development Division. These expeditions are also available to cadets at other service academics and ROTC midshipmen. Please contact Anne Magnan at NOLS with questions about participating if you are not a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Current Expedition Offerings:

 
  • Wyoming Backpacking

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    These are perfect mountains for learning skills from off-trail travel to leadership.

    Photo: Juan Queirolo

    The Wyoming Backpacking Leadership Expeditions travel through the Wind Rivers—glacier-carved mountains renowned for their sheer granite walls and rugged alpine beauty. For nearly a month you'll backpack and move camp almost daily, stopping at prime locations to fish, or ascend a 13,000-foot peak.

    Once you have mastered basic wilderness skills, you’ll move into advanced curriculum such as hazard analysis and mitigation, off-trail travel techniques, and individual and team leadership.

    This course offers the most in-depth opportunities for student leadership, including extended opportunities for independent student group travel. Read the course description (pdf) for more information.

    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 1 (27 May - 20 June) -
    25 Days: $5,200
    Block 1 (3 June - 20 June) -
    18 Days: $3,744 (Crew Expedition)
    Block 2 (23 June - 18 July) -
    26 Days: $5,408
    Block 3 (21 July - 13 August) -
    24 Days: $4,992

    Course start/end: Lander, Wyoming
    Equipment Deposit: $350
    Fly in/out : Riverton, Wyoming

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720

  • Alaska Mountaineering

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    On your course you'll backpack among the towering peaks and immense glaciers that characterize Alaska’s world-famous mountains.

    Photo: Pascal Beauvais

    You'll be on snow and ice for most of the course as you travel in Alaska's remote mountain ranges. The route chosen for each course is dependent on many variables (snow conditions, river levels, time of year etc.), and is therefore best selected right before your course goes to the field. All routes are classically Alaskan: long, arduous approaches via large valley glaciers, constant exposure to potentially winter-like conditions, outstanding scenery, and the chance for some challenging climbing.

    Because of the terrain encountered on these courses, there may be fewer opportunities for independent student travel days than is common on other Naval Academy courses. Read the course description (pdf) for more information.


    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman,

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 0 (19 May - 17 June) -
    30 Days: $6,120
    Block 0 (20 May - 18 June) -
    30 Days: $6,120
    Block 1 (27 May - 19 June) -
    24 Days: $5,190
    Block 1 (28 May - 20 June) -
    24 Days: $5,190
    Block 3 (21 July - 13 August) -
    24 Days: $5,190

    Course start/end: Palmer, Alaska
    Equipment Deposit: $500
    Fly in/out: Anchorage, Alaska

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)
    Travel and Logistics (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720


  • Alaska Sea Kayaking

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    On the Alaska Sea Kayaking Expedition, you’ll learn the paddling and seamanship skills to travel safely on the ocean.

    Photo: Ashley Wise

    Three expeditions will venture to Prince William Sound and one expedition (22 July start) will launch from Petersburg, located in the heart of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. There's no better way to take in Alaska's dramatic coastline than by gliding on the water.

    The sea teems with various forms of life, and you'll have the ideal vantage point to view it all. Leadership at sea carries with it additional challenges that will hone your skills.

    This dynamic environment demands that teams are not only effective, but also efficient at assessing risk and making decisions. Read more in the course description (pdf) .

    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman,

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 1 (27 May - 19 June) -
    24 Days: $4,604
    Block 3 (21 July - 13 August) -
    24 Days: $4,604

    Course start/end: Palmer, AK
    Fly in/out: Anchorage, AK
    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 3 (22 July - 13 August) -
    23 Days: $4,416

    Course start/end: Petersburg, AK
    Fly in/out: Petersburg, AK
    Equipment Deposit: $350

    Course Downloads:
    for 27 May & 21 July start
    Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)
    Travel and Logistics (pdf)

    Course Downloads:
    for 22 July start
    Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)
    Travel and Logistics (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720
  • Alaska Backpacking

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    The mountains of Alaska a perfect classrom for learning and practicing leadership.

    Photo: Chris Bessonette

    This course is a self-reliant expedition that hikes in the remote mountains of either south central or interior Alaska.

    The first thing you will notice upon your arrival in Alaska is the light. While you won’t see the sun at midnight in the latitudes where you will travel, it will stay light through the night during June and July. This offers unique opportunities for active, long days.

    Once you have mastered basic wilderness skills, you'll move into advance curriculum such as hazard analysis and mitigation and individual and team leadership.Read more in the course description

     

    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman,

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 2 (24 June - 18 July) -
    25 Days: $5,000

    Course start/end: Palmer, AK
    Equipment Deposit: $350
    Fly in/out: Anchorage, AK

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)
    Travel and Logistics (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720

  • Yukon River Canoeing

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    Here, in the headwaters of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll share the wild with caribou, bear, wolf, moose and migrating birds.

    Photo: Pascal Beauvais

    The majority of the Yukon Territory is accessible only by plane, foot or river. The Yukon Whitewater Canoeing Expedtion is a serious wilderness river expedition during spring runoff on the Frances, Hyland, Hess, or McMillen rivers. Successfully negotiating a river in a tandem canoe demands the highest level of communication and teamwork skills.

    This dynamic medium requires you to make in-the-moment decisions that affect your boat and the rest of the team on the river. The river teaches you to assess risk, and execute precise risk mitigation strategies every day. You will learn the skills you need to paddle wilderness rivers on your own. Read more in the course description (pdf).

     


    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman,

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 2 (23 June - 17 July)
    25 Days: $4,974

    Course start/end: Whitehorse, Yukon
    Equipment Deposit: $350
    Fly in/out: Whitehorse, Yukon

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720
  • Pacific Northwest Backpacking

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    This expedition will travel through the Olympic mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Once you have mastered basic wilderness skills, you’ll move into advanced curriculum such as hazard analysis and mitigation; off-trail travel techniques; and individual and team leadership. Expeditions in this steep country will learn technical hiking skills. Depending on the route and weather conditions, some expeditions may travel on snow for significant periods of time.

    This course offers extensive opportunities for student leadership, including opportunities for independent student expeditions. Read the course description (pdf) for more information.

    These challenging and rugged ranges spawned the term “technical hiking” at NOLS.

    Photo: Alexis Alloway


    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman,

    Cadet from other military academies,

    ROTC midshipman or cadet

    2014 Dates and Tuition:

    Block 2 (23 June - 18 July) -
    26 Days: $5,040
    Block 3 (23 July - 13 August) -
    22 Days: $4,265

    Course start/end: Mt. Vernon, WA
    Equipment Deposit: $350
    Fly in/out: Mt. Vernon, WA

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)
    Equipment List (pdf)
    Travel and Logistics (pdf)

    2014 Enrollment Deadlines

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

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    Wilderness EMT students are trained to respond and take charge of both urban and wilderness emergencies.

    Photo: Brad Christensen

    The Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS (WMI) Wilderness EMT (WEMT) course is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in urban, rural, disaster, and wilderness environments. Our intensive educational program prepares our graduates with the judgment and skills to act with confidence and competence. WMI’s evidence-informed wilderness medicine curriculum emphasizes skills and information that are practical, accurate and relevant. Our program is unique in the field of wilderness medicine in that we incorporate the NOLS leadership and decision-making curriculum into all aspects of our training. We cover leadership and decision-making principles with an emphasis on creating high-functioning teams capable of performing under stressful circumstances. It is our belief that leadership skills are crucial to achieving the mission goal of efficient and effective patient care.

    The WEMT curriculum surpasses all requirements for the National Registry of EMTs–EMT Basic level. Successful completion of practical and written exams will provide Wilderness EMT certification and meet the eligibility requirements to take the National Registry EMT Basic certification exam.

    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman

    Course start/end: Annapolis, MD
    2014 Dates and Tuition Block 2, 23 June - 18 July, $2,750

    Prerequisites: Students must have a current healthcare provider level CPR certification (most commonly called CPR for the Professional Rescuer or BLS Healthcare Provider CPR) and a TB test completed within 1 year prior to the last day of the course. Please see the course description below for more information.
    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720
  • East Coast Sea Kayaking

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    Photo: Fredrik Norrsell

    The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, is the classroom for this sea kayaking course. This exploratory expedition will provide unique opportunities for observation and discovery of the Bay's unique natural history and human history.

    This expedtion will be the inaugural course and that will allow midshipmen to experience the uncertainty inherent in the exploring a new area, finding the best routes, and seeing how much mileage the group can actually cover.

    This dynamic environment demands that teams are not only effective, but also efficient at assessing risk and making decisions.

    Eligibility:

    Naval Academy midshipman

    Equipment Deposit: $350
    Course start/end: Annapolis, MD
    2014 Dates and Tuition Block TBA
    Days TBA: Tuition TBA

    Course Downloads: Course Description (pdf)

    Due 04/05/2014:

    Health Form (pdf)
    Insurance Form (pdf)
    Student Agreement (pdf)


    Questions? Contact: NOLS Professional Training
    Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720

2014 Enrollment Procedures and Deadlines:

  1. Explore training options. Contact USNA - NOLS Alumni Representatives or NOLS with questions.
  2. Complete online application - Due January 31, 2014
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  3. Complete Scholarship Application - Due January 31, 2014
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  • Notify of program acceptance - February 6 - 28, 2014
    NOLS will notify applicants via email as they are placed on preliminary rosters for their first or second choice expeditions. Applicants whose first or second choices cannot be honored will be contacted and other options will be explored.
    There are four conditions under which the application fee would be refunded:  
    1. Financial constraints for scholarship applicants when NOLS is informed of withdrawal within 21 days of award determination
    2. Conflict with mandatory training
    3. Athletic excellence
    4. NOLS is unable to assign you to your first or second choice course type
  • Submit student paperwork - Due April 4, 2014

    Fax: (307) 332-8811 | Email: usna@nols.edu
    Mail: NOLS Professional Training 284 Lincoln Street Lander, WY 82520

  • Notify of course assignment - late March - early April, 2014
    Character Development and Training will notify midshipmen of specific course assignment through summer training orders. Cadets at other academies or NROTC students will be notified by NOLS or through their chain of command.
  • Remit tuition balance and equipment deposit
    • April 15, 2014 for block 0 & 1 expeditions
    • May 1, 2014 for block 2 & 3 expeditions
    • Please review tuition protection plan (pdf) (includes option to decline)

Fax: (307) 332-8811 | Email: usna@nols.edu
Mail: NOLS Professional Training 284 Lincoln Street Lander, WY 82520

Naval Academy Wind River Range Leadership Expedition
For nearly a month you'll backpack and move camp almost daily, stopping at prime locations to fish, ascend a 13,000-foot peak, or rock climb.

Photo: Pascal Beauvais

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