All courses listed below are open to midshipmen and cadets at service academies and college ROTC programs. Please contact Patrick Mettenbrink at NOLS with questions about participating.
"I didn't expect leadership training to be like this. I learned more about my strengths and areas for growth than I have at any other time." – NOLS Service Academy Leadership Expedition graduate, Yukon Canoeing
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 United States Service Academies are field-based leadership practicums and emergency medical trainings that support and complement the leadership curriculum at your institution. 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 summer 2019, we're offering our U.S. Service Academy Alumni Denali Expedition! If you've taken a NOLS course, scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on the unique application process.