Being a Trip Leader is what many Dartmouth students call one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of their college career. First and foremost, a Trip Leader is an ambassador for 6-10 first-year students. Leaders help first-year students feel comfortable and welcome in this new environment and are a resource for them, both on the Trip and throughout the school year. Trip Leaders are really important as they are the Trippees’ first impression of the Dartmouth community.There would be no First-Year Trips without you!
Trip Leaders are responsible for leading first-years through their five-day trips. They are the individuals entrusted with making sure that the trip itself is both fun and safe. They know the route, basic wilderness survival skills, risk assessment, and are responsible for building community (we will train you for all of these!).
Despite common myths, Trip Leaders are NOT chosen merely on their outdoor experience. In fact, many of the best Trip Leaders have had little to no experience in the outdoors. Trip Leader applications are graded based on hard skills (medical certification, experience in the outdoors, etc), soft skills (ability to relate to others and create group cohesion), and overall desire to give back to the incoming class. A good Trip Leader has their strengths and their weaknesses and need not have all the aforementioned qualities to be selected.
The applications will be read by previous Trips veterans, Directorate members, and Trip Leader Trainers who have undergone specific training in reading applications. The graders will read applications and assign each a numerical value based on predetermined qualities. Each application will be read by more than one grader, and these grades will be used to determine if and where a Trip Leader will be assigned.
Applications are graded BLIND. This means that a person’s name, year, hometown, gender, contact information, major, identity, physical limitations, and dietary restrictions will not be available for the graders to see. This is done to assure that each applicant is given equal opportunity without bias of any graders who may know the applicant.
More information on the application process can be found on the application itself.
Our excellent Leader Training Program consists of three distinct sessions (and the “All-In-One” session covers all three together!). In addition, each Trip Leader must be First Aid and CPR certificated for the duration of his/her trip (check out Dartmouth EMS for more information on dates and times for classes).
Last Updated: 4/2/15