Leader Training

During Spring Training, all Leader Trainees will be expected to attend all of the training events listed below. For specific dates and times, please see our calendar. In addition, bear in mind that "FOP time" is significantly different from "Harvard time": everyone is expected to be present at least five minutes before the scheduled start time of all activities.

  • Welcome Meeting
  • Skillz Day
  • Jedi-Padawan Meetings
  • Four Workshop Week Meetings (Flocks)
  • Backcountry Skillz Weekend (optional)
  • Training Trip Send Off Meeting & Dinner
  • Training Trips
  • Pre-FOP
  • FOP!

In addition, each leader trainee will be expected to contribute 6 volunteer hours to FOP. If a trainee goes on BSW, they are excused from contributing volunteer hours, though we of course would love to see their face in the FOPpice or the equipment room!

Switch Leader Training

All switch leaders need to be Lifeguard certified. For those not currently certified, FOP will be offering an evening course at Blodgett Pool this spring.

In addition, all switch leaders are required to attend Canoe Skillz Day on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Wilderness First Responder Course

FOP offers a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course during Wintersession. This course provides an opportunity for leaders and other Harvard undergraduates to get more advanced emergency wilderness medical training. That said, all trainees go through a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course as part of their Training Trips, and WFR is not required. It can, however, significantly enhance one's comfort and ability to deal with an outdoor emergency. All Harvard undergrads can take the course at a reduced rate.

The Leader Community

In addition to the required training events, FOP also offers many opportunities to supplement the training process. Please note that selection as a FOP leader is not determined by whether you attend these events; however, we do believe that training is an important aspect of developing leadership skills and encourage anyone that is interested to take advantage of these opportunities.

Spring Bring

A community dessert potluck in Straus common room during the spring. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and the FOP leader community in a fun, casual setting.

FOP Lunch

Every Wednesday at 12 PM and 1 PM in Winthrop House's dining hall (look out for the weekly reminder email to confirm this location). FOP lunches are awesome! Why? Because FOP Leaders and leader trainees come to them. Nothing lifts your spirits like a little injection of FOP community into your week.

Advanced Skills Workshops

Throughout the semester, FOP will hold some fun, informal gatherings that will cover more advanced topics in outdoor and leadership skills and allow you to socialize and get to know the leader community.

A Note on Final Selection

Final selection as a FOP Leader does not take place until after the completion of Training Trips. Final selection as a leader depends on our confidence that a leader trainee will be able and comfortable to fully lead a FOP trip in the fall. In rare cases, after the completion of training trips, some leaders may be asked not to lead FOP.