We’re proud to collaborate with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – the world’s premier wilderness education organization – to offer Summer Forum participants an opportunity to undertake a Practice MBA® Wilderness Skills training course in Washington’s Central Cascade Mountains.

The trips are designed for all levels of experience, and previous exposure to hiking and camping in the outdoors is not required.

We welcome students to complement their pre-MBA preparation efforts with an outdoor skills-building course that will boost individual confidence and resiliency, introduce participants to the beauty of the North American Cascades, foster personal reflection, and allow small groups of students to form an even more tight-knit fellowship as they transition to business school.

Please link to the NOLS website for more information on the Practice MBA Wilderness Skills program.

The Wilderness Skills course is designed to be both instructional and fun. Each trip is comprised of six to ten students, plus two instructors, and trip assignments are made at random. Travel dates and cost for 2016 are TBD and will depend on student interest and availability of NOLS instructors.

Participants will come away with knowledge of the theory and practice of outdoor leadership, teamwork, and expedition behavior, as well as practical skills related to travel in a wilderness environment.

The purpose of the NOLS-Practice MBA Wilderness Skills course is to give participants an opportunity to:

  • Rejuvenate physically, mentally, and spiritually in the outdoors before launching into the next phase of their lives and careers as MBAs
  • Experience a true wilderness environment and acquire an appreciation for the outdoors as well as an understanding of natural resources conservation topics
  • Acquire the skills necessary to travel comfortably and safely in the remote backcountry, as well as independently plan and lead multi-day outdoor expeditions in the future