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Outdoor Leadership Institute


Blue Sky Fund is now accepting nominations for the Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) for the Summer of 2018!

We are searching for two crews of 10-12 rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from diverse backgrounds to come together to build leadership, unity and community involvement through service.

The summer institute centers on a 5 day backpacking trip, during which crew members learn, through challenges, how to strengthen their leadership and teamwork skills. The program design includes experiences that will help shape knowledgeable, multicultural leaders who engage with the social needs of Richmond through service learning.

Boys’ crew: July 10th - 21st (Wilderness July 14th - 18th)  

Girls’ crew: July 31st - August 11th (Wilderness August 4th - 8th)

Both crews: One Saturday each month from September to May

After completing the summer portion of OLI, we will meet one Saturday each month during the school year where crew members can apply their new skills throughout Richmond by engaging in meaningful community service together.

Do you know a student who wants to explore his or her leadership potential? Scroll up and hit the “Nominate a Student” button to start the process!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Nominate Students?

Nominations most often come from teachers, youth organization professionals, mentors, counselors, and alumni of the program. However, any adult may nominate a student or students to our program.

Whom Are We Hoping Will Join the OLI Program?

Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who are:

● Open to new and challenging experiences

● Wanting to grow in leadership in their community

● Wanting to meet other youth from Richmond

● Able to commit to the program dates

What Are the Benefits of the Program?

● Develop as a leader and learn how to overcome challenges

● Build a multicultural team, and practice effective communication skills

● Summit the highest peak in Virginia

● Learn outdoor adventuring skills

● Add to college and professional resumes

● Gain community service hours

How Do I Nominate Someone?

You can either nominate online by clicking the blue button above & filling out our online submission form, or you can mail us a paper copy by clicking on the link below and printing out the form. Please mail it to: 

Blue Sky Fund, Outdoor Leadership Institute, PO Box 8108, Richmond, VA 23223.

What Happens Next?

After a nomination has been submitted, the nominee will receive a letter with more information about the program. The nominee will be asked to fill out a short application and then schedule a time for a brief interview with our staff. If accepted, the student will receive materials for the program in the Spring and will be invited to attend an informational session in May.

When Is The Deadline For Nominations?

February 28th, 2018

Check out photos of the OLI program from previous years!