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Leader Applications


The 2018 Trips Volunteer application can be found here:

Check out these helpful tips on how to write a more successful volunteer application!

We also encourage you to read through our FAQs, and if you have any more questions feel free to email us at

And if you need any more inspiration to apply, check out the short video below!



Any current student is welcome to apply to be a Trip Leader. No prior outdoor experience is necessary — our comprehensive training will give you the skills you need.

Active Status and Academic Standing

You must be a currently active student to lead a DOC Trip (i.e., not withdrawn from the College for any reason). If you are graduating this spring, you may apply to lead a trip only if you will be living in Hanover during the fall term (so that you can maintain a connection with your trippees).

In addition, you must be in good academic and conduct standing. In general, this means that you cannot be on academic probation or suspension at the time when DOC Trips begins, and you cannot have a disciplinary record that includes College discipline or higher. Records will be reviewed by the Deans Office to confirm your status.

First Aid and CPR Certified

To be a DOC Trips volunteer you must be First Aid and CPR certified. You don’t have to have a current certification to apply, but you must be certified before your trip begins. If you currently hold certification which will expire before your trip ends, you must get it renewed. Dartmouth EMS and the Outdoor Programs Office offers Wilderness First Aid and CPR courses every term (check the leader calendar for dates).

Leader Training

Leaders must also attend DOC First-Year Trips Leader Training, which consists of three levels of training that teach risk assessment, Community building and wilderness skills and a relevant Outdoor Experience for hands-on skills and experience. See the calendar for dates the courses will be offered (dates for spring term training will be announced early in the spring term, summer term training early in the summer term).

Leader Training Review

Leaders will attend a Leader Training Review the day before their trippees arrive. Leaders must meet behind Robinson at 3 pm sharp, where they will be taken to Gilman Island for the review.

Last Updated: 3/7/18