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Thu, May 09


Black Forest Trail

May Trip! Backpacking Training for Leaders

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May Trip! Backpacking Training for Leaders
May Trip! Backpacking Training for Leaders

When & Where

May 09, 2024, 9:00 AM – May 15, 2024, 9:00 AM

Black Forest Trail, Slate Run, PA 17769, USA

About the Experience


This training focuses on how to properly plan, prepare for and facilitate a sucessful multi-day/night backpacking field based experience. 

Topics discussed and practiced include:

  • Expedition behavior. 
  • Backcountry experience planning & preparation. 
  • Equipment selection & use. 
  • Initatives & group activities. 
  • Backcountry navigation. 
  • Pacing, group facilitation and dynamics. 
  • Establishing a backcountry camp & kitchen. 
  • Backcountry cooking skills. 
  • Personal hygiene during extended backcountry experiences. 
  • Fostering a welcoming, inclusive community. 


Pre Trip: OEL Basecamp on Campus. 

Field Session:  Completing the Black Forest Trail Loop


Pre Trip: TBD

Field Session: 5/9/2023 - 5/15/2023 (exact schedule To Be Determined)

What's Provided?

  • OEL Rental Center equipment/clothing. 
  • Transportation during field session. 
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks for field session. 


This training is complimentary (FREE / NO COST) for Bucknell OEL Student Leaders.

Registration Information

This training is open enrollment to all current FIRST YEAR Bucknell OEL Student Leaders although capacity is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come first serve basis. If capacity allows, SECOND, THIRD and/or Fourth YEAR leaders may participate. A Bucknell ID is required at the time of registration. 

Cancellations & No Shows

Complimentary (FREE) OEL Trainings provided to Bucknell OEL Student Leaders have limited capacity. If a Student Leader signs up and doesn’t show for the program, it’s disruptive for everyone involved and takes away from the experience for other students. Further, this can negatively impact a Student Leader's ability to continue in this roll on future trips and outings.

We understand that things come up and life happens. We get it. We simply ask that you notify us at least 14 days in advance of a Training and let us know of your cancellation and why. You can do this by going back to our Portal and clicking on the “CONTACT” link in the upper right of the screen.

Failure to contact us of your cancellation is noted by the OEL Admin Team. This may lead to your dismissal as a student leader from the OEL program. 

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