Bull Moose Patrol Leadership Expedition

Credit: Ashley Wise

About the expedition

Disconnect to Connect.

Improve your leadership skills, develop your communication, and push yourself to new limits while whitewater canoeing down the majestic San Juan River. Explore the river corridor and amazing human history of the San Juan by canoe on this 6-day expedition designed for mid-career professionals. Navigate the technical and environmental challenges of the river as you explore your capabilities as a leader. NOLS instructors will expose you to field-based learning that holds transferrable skills that will serve your professional career and rejuvenate your spirit. This expedition provides invaluable opportunities to see yourself in a dynamic wilderness setting, and to enhance not only your outdoor skills, but also your apporach to leadership in new and challenging circumstances. 

The San Juan River flows through rugged, high canyon walls of ancient, multi-colored sedimentary rock, and is home to wildlife such as cutthroat trout and black bear. You will travel through these corridors, working together to identify and manage river hazards and paddle class I-III rapids. Immerse yourself in the natural environment and learn with fellow executives and professional outdoor leaders. 

Successful expeditions require the same essential skills found in the professional world--effective communication, problem solving, positive influence, and strategically delivering results. Return to your organization holding practical and transferable strategies with greater leadership effectiveness. 

Photo: Scott Oeth, CFP(r) and Michael Branham, CFP(r) canoeing the Kopka River. (Photo Credit Rob Kesselring)

Scott Oeth, CFP(r) and Michael Branham, CFP(r) canoeing the Kopka River.


2018 Dates

Dates October 15-20, 2018
Duration 6 days
Location San Juan River, UT
Activity Whitewater Canoeing, San Juan River
Fly in/out Grand Junction, CO
Gear Provided: tents and shelters, cookware, helmets, PFDs, and other group gear. Personal gear is not provided. Please see equipment list.
Cost $3,450
  Optional Tuition Protection Plan available for $207
  Non-refundable $500 deposit due June 18, 2018
  Tuition balance due July 17, 2018
Documents Course Description
  Travel and Logistics
  Equipment List


See what The Harvard Business Review says about the effectiveness of NOLS Leadership Expeditions: Expedition Leadership in the Wild

Testimonials from Corporate Graduates:

"This was one of the great experiences of my adult life. The opportunity to spend time in a beautiful mountain wilderness area with a group of terrific people was priceless." Morris ‘Buzz’ Busby, Former US Ambassador, and Senior State Department official (2011)

"This expedition was more than just team building and leadership. We faced adversity, accomplished goals, and developed skills we would use every day, not only in the woods, but in our businesses, at home and in our busy lives as community leaders. I grew as an individual and also as a team member, and challenged myself in ways I did not think possible in a breathtaking setting. The ELLE was truly a life-changing experience that left me thirsty for more in all aspects of my life. I can’t wait to go back.” Rosamaria Acuña, Chairman's Circle Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (2015)

"The [NOLS] course was the best experience in risk management I have had in thirty years in education and business leadership. At 11,000 feet on a snowfield, with a storm threatening and 200 feet of elevation to gain, the risk was real. Our team edged across the snow and ice, cleared the pass and descended 800 feet before dark to a sheltered valley below the tree-line where we caught brook trout for dinner and weighed our lessons learned." Stephen Wrage, Professor, US Naval Academy (2013)

For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education 
800-710-6657 ext. 2720


Scott Oeth
Bull Moose Patrol

Students navigate a rapid while whitewater canoeing.