Outdoor Leadership Program
Centered on Leadership Development
Through Sandia Prep's Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), students experience adventures that allow them to know and appreciate the outdoors, grow in confidence, and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime. There are Outdoor Leadership Program trips at every grade level, more than 23 a year.
- Responsibility: No-trace camping and the human impact on wilderness areas
- History, ecology, and geology of the area: Much of the learning takes place as a result of student-generated questions and discussion.
- Interpersonal communication: Effective communication is prompted by the group dynamics that occur in an outdoor environment. Learning stresses responsibility, empathy, compassion, and cooperation
- Outdoor skills: Advanced skills in backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing, and cross-country skiing.
Skills Learned in the OLP
- Finding campsites
- Setting up tents
- Tying knots
- Cooking in nature
- Administering first aid
- Learning outdoor sports
- Bouldering training
- First Aid/CPR training
- Cross-country skiing and yurt camping in Chama
- Backpacking in the Cruces Basin, Elk Creek, and Gila Wilderness
- Kayaking at Najavo Lake and Lake Powell
- Caving at El Malpais
- Summer hiking and camping trip through seven U.S. states
- Summer hiking trip in Iceland
Upper School students who sign up as Camping Associates are trained in first aid, outdoor skills, and leadership. CAs use these skills directly as they work with faculty advisors to plan, organize, and lead trips for the Middle School Program. Such cross-age group interaction embodies Sandia Prep's philosophy of school family and the importance and value of role models.
Middle School OLP Program
- Sixth graders take a three-day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Southern Colorado where they are introduced to camping while exploring the 700-foot-high sand dunes.
- Seventh graders learn about caving in lava tubes on one of four three-day trips to a primitive camping environment 125 miles west of Albuquerque, the El Malpais National Monument.
- Eighth graders learn more advanced skills during any of three four-day backpacking trips that travel to such areas as the Gila Wilderness, Cruces Basin Wilderness, and other isolated places within the Southwest. They also have a chance at learning cross-country skiing and snowshoeing while on a three-day winter trip.
OLP Parent Participation