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Outdoor Leadership Institute


Blue Sky Fund is now accepting applications for the Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) for the Summer of 2017!

Blue Sky Fund is currently accepting nominations for the Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) for Summer 2017.  We are searching for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from diverse backgrounds to come together to build teamwork, confidence, leadership, and community involvement.

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 learn about the social needs of Richmond through service learning.

Boys’ crew: July 11- 22 (Wilderness July 15 -19)  

Girls’ crew: August 1 – 12 (Wilderness August 5 – 9)

After completing the summer portion of OLI we will provide the opportunity to meet one Saturday of 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 has what it takes to be a member of an OLI crew? 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 former alumni. However, any  adult may nominate a student or students to our program.

Who 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

● The opportunity to summit the highest peak in Virginia

● Learn technical adventuring skills

● Looks great on college and professional resumes

● Opportunities for 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 copy by  clicking on the blue button below and printing out the form. After  filling it out, please mail it to: Blue Sky Fund, Outdoor Leadership  Institute, PO Box 8108, Richmond, VA 23223.

What Happens Next?

After a nomination has been sent and accepted, the nominee will receive a  letter with more information about the program. The nominee will be  asked to fill out a short acceptance application, and we will then set  up a time when the student can come down and have a brief interview with our staff. If accepted, the student will receive materials for the  program in the Spring and will be also asked to attend an informational  session in April.

What Is The Deadline?

February 28th, 2017

Check out photos of the OLI program from previous years!