Every day, you prepare to lead others in times of adversity and uncertainty. Becoming the leader you're meant to be requires repeated practice, experimentation, risk-taking, and failure.
NOLS leadership experiences for the United States Naval Academy are field-based leadership practicums and emergency medical trainings that support and complement curriculum offered through the Academy's Leadership Education and Development Division. On a NOLS expedition, you will learn to lead amid uncertainty and stay calm and positive in the most challenging times. You will try new things, learn from mistakes, and receive feedback from mentors and peers. No prior experience in the outdoors is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity. All you need is a desire to step out of your comfort zone and realize your potential.
In addition to USNA midshipmen, these courses are available to cadets at other service academies and ROTC midshipmen and cadets. Please contact Patrick Mettenbrink at NOLS with questions about participating if you are not a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.
In summer 2018, we're offering our Naval Academy Alumni Denali Expedition! If you've taken a NOLS-USNA course, scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on the unique application process. Applications for Denali are due on January 22, 2018.
Note about tuition for Midshipmen at USNA: Expect approximately $2000-$3000 of financial support from the Center for Experiential Leadership Development (CELD) for NOLS-USNA courses. Tuition amounts, and final CELD contribution, will be finalized in March. If you decide that NOLS is not financially feasible, we will refund your $300 deposit.