"The Outdoor Leadership Program at WCC has given me the chance to go out into the wilderness -- into the wild, beautiful places of Wyoming -- and gain a wisdom that will serve me in countless ways throughout my life, profoundly influencing not only myself, but all those I will serve (or lead) in the future."

Sadie C., ’13 (St. Paul, MN)

Outdoor Leadership Program

In addition to a rigorous Great Books curriculum to form the mind, and an authentically Catholic spiritual environment to enrich the soul, Wyoming Catholic College has also committed to forming the body through a unique educational experience called the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP). 

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The OLP is an integral part of the liberal arts education at Wyoming Catholic College. It was created to not only serve the vision of educating our students in body, mind and spirit but also to help our students develop strong leadership skills. Our mission is to provide the foundations of leadership that are applicable in all fields, and graduate young adults ready to be leaders in their communities, their professions, their country, and their Church. The Outdoor Leadership Program helps fulfill the mind, body, and spirit vision for education at Wyoming Catholic College by providing students with direct experiences in the first great book of God’s creation.

Students participate in the OLP throughout their four years at WCC. While much of the educational component takes place in the beautiful environs of Wyoming, significant classroom portions are required as well. The program focuses on several key areas: learning wilderness travel and backcountry skills, personal development, and learning and practicing leadership skills such as teamwork, communication, and decision making. Students also receive focused horsemanship training through the freshman horsemanship courses.

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The OLP draws on the curriculum of Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries (SROM), a premier Christ-centered outdoor education organization and deep-wilderness adventure school founded in 1983 in Lander and headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming. SROM was one of the first ten wilderness adventure programs in the world to be accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), and the only Christian organization to be so accredited. SROM’s core course components are spiritual transformation, authentic community, leadership development, character formation, and outdoor skill acquisition.  WCC has designed with SROM a specifically Catholic custom course that teaches students to embrace the beauty of God’s creation and to integrate that experience into the other disciplines being studied.

To learn more about the individual components of the OLP, see the menu at left.