Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Outdoor Leadership and Teambuilding

Build Your Team through ADVENTURE!

On the hunt to develop your group into a high-performing team in a unique and challenging setting?  Ready for an impact?  You’ve come to the right place!  Experience is our textbook, and the outdoors is our classroom.  The Outdoor Adventure Center Leadership and Teambuilding program strives to provide high-impact, non-gimmicky and long-lasting community-developing experiences. 

Our custom programs range from two-hour teambuilding sessions and activities to multi-day retreats and week(s)-long group trips that combine dynamic, experiential learning with models that make sense for you and your team.

Our outdoor-based leadership development and teambuilding program is built for all groups, teams and organizations - - including fraternities and sororities, sport clubs, faith-based groups, student clubs and organizations, athletic teams, residence hall floors and groups, international students, workgroups, faculty, staff and alumni.  We also create and implement strategic programming for Columbus-based corporate clients.  We have what it takes to challenge you and your team in the great outdoors – enabling and pushing your group to achieve its next level!

Here’s what some of our past clients have said about their experiences:

“OAC Outdoor Leadership will create the perfect program for any group both on and off campus.  They have assisted the Department of Athletics on multiple occasions for various student-athlete programs over the last two years.  The program has a vast knowledge of experience, activities and resources to meet any need.  What makes them great is their ability to create and lead discussion amongst the participants after each activity.  This discussion provides the greatest impact for any organization.  Our student athletes are already excited about their next retreat in June 2016.”

~ Dr. Jerry Davis, Ohio State Athletics, director of Ohio State Sports Camps

“We had a great time!!  The team went to dinner afterward and debriefed the experience – lots of “thank you’s” and “that was awesome’s”.  We arranged this experience to bond as a team at the RSO – This was fulfilled and then some!!”

~ Elizabeth Dennis, Chief People Officer, Raising Cane’s Chicken

“It’s weird how one trip, two whole weeks, can change my perspective on things.  I don’t know if it was being in the backcountry or the people I was with, but I felt safe.  Like no matter what I said, what I did, everyone would still respect me.  On our STEP trip, we all rooted for each other.  We all wanted everyone to succeed, and honestly it’s probably the first time I’ve ever felt that way.  Maybe I’m growing up, maybe not.  I don’t know if I’ve had it in me all along, or if it’s something new, but I feel like this trip helped me grow.  It helped me change.  And all for the better.  I feel like I have a new outlook on life…like nothing can hold me back.

Thinking back, I kind of feel like I’ve always had all of my leadership capabilities in me, but it took this trip and some deep reflection to bring it out; to make me realize I CAN lead.  That I’ll be a good if not great leader.  That I should stand up for what I believe in and not fear ridicule.  I just have to start believing in myself.”

~ Megan H., Ohio State Student, Mechanical Engineering

“Our experience with OAC Outdoor Leadership was nothing short of fabulous!  The course was carefully and creatively laid-out with specific details that reflected our group.  The map took us around the entire campus, and we all learned fun new facts about OSU along the way.  Additionally, the physical challenges we completed throughout the course were fun and engaging – we all felt like kids again riding those big wheels!  The staff was professional and accommodating, and we are already discussing plans for next year’s event.  I would highly recommend this opportunity to any organization that is seeking a fun way to build camaraderie within their group!”

~ Katie Watkins, Academic Counselor, Ohio State College of Pharmacy

Some of our past clients include:

Denison University - LeaderShape Institute
Nationwide Insurance
Ohio State Athletics Wolstein Academy
Ohio State Athletics Bucks Go Pro
Ohio State BuckeyeThon exec board
Ohio State Bowling Team
Ohio State First Year Experience Program
Ohio State Honors and Scholars organizations
Ohio State Men’s Swim Team
Ohio State Parent & Family Programs
Ohio State Sorority & Fraternity Life
Ohio State Sport Clubs
Ohio State S.T.E.P. cohorts
Ohio State Student Veteran Advocacy Program
Ohio State Team Buckeye Student Riders exec board
Ohio State University Housing groups
Ohio State Women’s Field Hockey
Raising Cane’s Chicken


Tyler R. Young - Outdoor Leadership Program Coordinator
Phone: 614-292-7508