So You Want To Be A Leader?

Fantastic! You're just a few clicks away from taking your first steps towards becoming an OutdoorLads Event Leader. But what type of leaders do we require? And what do you have to be able to do once you become an Event Leader of an activity? Click on the activity areas below to find out more.

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Biking

Biking events consist of both on-road cycling and off-road mountain biking. These take place across the country and can either be stand-alone day events or form part of a weekend event such as a hostel or a camp.

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Camping

Camping events take place largely in the summer but we do have camps during the winter months as well for the hardier members! Camps can range from our huge BIG Events where 250-450 people are camping to smaller, more intimate camps of ten people. Camps are generally relaxed weekends away and can include a whole range of activities from hiking and climbing through to canyoning and via ferrata. We also have camping barn events which are a sort of half-way house between camping and hostel events.

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Caving

Caving covers all underground activities such as horizontal and vertical caving as well as mine exploration. They can be either led by OutdoorLads members who are already qualified, or by another organisation, with the OutdoorLads Event Leader taking a liaison role between the two groups. Underground events can take place as stand-alone day events or form part of weekend events such as hostels or camps.

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Climbing and Bouldering

Climbing is one of the biggest activity areas of OutdoorLads and is split into indoor and outdoor climbing and also indoor bouldering. Many Members who live in the cities come along to one of our indoor climbing evenings as their first event. Most Climbing Leaders begin by gaining experience at the wall before becoming an Indoor Climbing Leader before progressing to become an Outdoor Climbing Leader.

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Day Walks

Hiking and mountaineering are the 'bread & butter' events of OutdoorLads. Also known by their more regular name as 'Day Walks', there are hundreds taking place across the country throughout the year. Day walks can take place either as stand-alone one day events, or as part of a hostel or camping weekend.

We currently have four levels of Day Walk Leader; Hill Leader, Mountain Trail Leader, Mountain Leader and Mountain Snow Leader. If this is your first day walk leader application then you should choose 'Hill Leader' from the options below.

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Hostel Leader

Hostel events take place right across the country throughout the year and can range from large party-style events around Christmas and New Year, where over 100 people attend, to smaller, more intimate weekends of 20 people or less. Hostels are generally relaxed, but organised weekends away and can include a whole range of activities from hiking and climbing, through to watersports and mountain biking. As well as the activities, hostel weekends usually include some form of evening activity as well as food provided and prepared by the Event Leader.

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Other Events

Other events covers any event, such as skiing evenings, paintballing days, Go-Ape days, horse riding or anything else not explained in a previous section. These events are generally led by another organisation with the OutdoorLads Event Leader taking a liaison role between the two groups. They can take place as stand-alone day events, evening events or form part of weekend events such as hostels or camps.

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Water Sports

Water sports cover all water based activities such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, gorge-walking and canyoning. They can be either led by OutdoorLads members who are already qualified, or by another organisation, with the OutdoorLads Event Leader taking a liaison role between the two groups. Water sports events can take place in the evenings, as stand-alone day events, or form part of weekend events such as hostels or camps.

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