What constitutes a COC Leader?

Colby Outing Club leaders undergo leadership and wilderness first aid training, qualifying them to run Outing Club-sponsored trips. These trips explore many of Maine’s beautiful outdoor resources, and can range in difficulty from short walks to cross-country skiing clinics to multi-day hiking trips.

How do I become a COC Leader?

To become a COC leader, you must complete 4 separate steps:

  1. Shadow a trip – This step involves going on a trip where the leaders run through their trip-planning and decision making processes to introduce you to Outing Club procedures. To shadow a trip, reach out to a leader of a trip you’d like to shadow before signups go out for that trip (Tuesday at 8).
  2. Leader Training Trip (LTT) – In this step, you will participate in one of the COC’s training trips. We try to send out a few of these trips each year, and they generally run one weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (specific times vary from trip to trip). During this trip, leaders in training will take part in various leadership training sessions before leading a practice hike as a group. These trips typically involve camping, with the exception of the winter LTTs, which may stay in the COC cabin.
  3. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) – Wilderness first aid is a course taught by professional instructors. It teaches emergency procedures and provides some medical training for wilderness scenarios. The course is two days, both running approximately breakfast until dinner, and operates through a series of classroom lessons and outside activities. Colby hosts Wilderness First Aid trainings on campus, on select weekends during the school year. These trainings do cost money, but the cost can be waived for those who go on to lead trips for the COC.
  4. Co-lead a trip – In this final step of the leader training process, you will plan and run your very own COC trip! During this trip, you will be paired with a co-leader who has experience leading and can help you get more comfortable with the COC’s procedures. To do this step, just reach out to COC leadership expressing interest in co-leading!

*Note that while the first three steps of this process can be done in any order, co-leading a trip must be the final step of the four.