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Outdoor Activities offer student leadership

The BYU-Idaho Outdoor Activities program is managed by a leadership hierarchy with a number of student-held positions.

According to the Outdoor Activities web page, the program gives students the opportunity to become directly involved and simultaneously gain leadership and event planning experience.

All student positions are directed and delegated by the Outdoor Activities faculty advisor, Morris Christensen.

“We take as many volunteers as are interested,” Christensen said. “We have never had too many.”

The student-held leadership positions include student area directors, student directors, student coordinators and student managers.

“All leaders are chosen on their qualifications as a leader and their track record,” Christensen said. “It would be very unusual for an individual to be given a leadership position without proving themselves.”

Each activity will have at least one manager and one assistant manager who lead student volunteers. Student managers’ responsibilities include being directly involved in planning and executing the outdoor activities planned for the semester.

Each leadership position requires availability to attend weekly meetings with their seriors and with student volunteers. Other time commitments depend on the activity.

Activities that are planned for this semester include rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, paintballing, slacklining, caving, fishing and more.

All leadership applications are due the semester previous to the desired semester students would like to get involved.

Previous Activities leadership experience is required for promotion.

Student Leadership applications are available on the Activities Department’s “Get Involved” page, and hopeful student volunteers can visit the Activities office located in the Hyrum Manwaring Student Center for more information on how to get involved.

Volunteer meetings for Outdoor Activities are every monday at 4 p.m. in MC 380.

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