Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS)

2022 International Conference Pre-Conference Events

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
Category: International Conferences

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS)

Date & Time: November 9th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Barnhardt Lodge

Cost: $100 staff/faculty, $72 students

Presenters: Dr. Brent J. Bell

Brent Bell is a faculty member at the University of NH, where he teaches outdoor leadership and researches outdoor orientation programs. He's authored 32 publications on outdoor orientation. Brent has organized the Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium since 2003.


The Outdoor Orientaiton Program Symposium (OOPS) is dedicated to bringing student leaders, researchers, programs directors & public land representatives together to support learning about college outdoor orientation programs.

Outdoor orientation programs are high impact practices, utilized at 212 campuses in the United States. These programs are linked to postive results in student retention and satisfaction. These programs often take place on overnights away from campus in small groups led by trained peer leaders.

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Pre-Conference sessions (Extended Education) take place prior to the start of the 2022 International Conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.


Do I need to register for the International Conference (taking place Nov 10-13) in order to attend a pre-conference event? No! You are able to register and attend any of the below events without having to purchase a ticket or attend the entire International Conference.

Are meals and lodging included? No. If you plan to stay overnight or have meals on-site, you must purchase lodging and a meal plan separately.

Can I get CEUs from pre-conference events? This depends on the individual event. Each event is different and you'll need to check out the specific event details.

Where are the events being held? Location varies by individual event. Each event will be held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly unless otherwise specified.

Are the pre-conferences available to virtual attendees too? Will they be recorded? No. Pre-conference events occur in-person only unless otherwise specified.