ALPS - OAC

Adventure Leadership Program Scholars & Outdoor Adventure Club

ALPS is a non-academic leadership and skill development program with the goal of training BVU students to become leaders of outdoor recreation trips and clinics. It is required for students to meet once a week for lessons, lead one trip, and conduct one clinic with in a semester. The selected Scholars spend 50+ hours learning hard skills for instance: canoeing, back-country camping, water rescues, and soft skills like team building and group facilitation as well as self-awareness, leadership development, and personal growth.

2015-2016 Outdoor Adventure Trips and Activities

To register for trips and clinics, stop by the Recreation House during open hours. Payment will be processed separately at the Business Office. All trips and clinics must be paid in advance to confirm your spot. All programs are open to students, faculty and staff. Guests are invited to attend, but first priority is granted to students.

Upcoming ALPS Clinics & Events:

Caving Trip to Maquoketa caves state park
Friday, May 6 - Saturday, May 7
Leave at 3:00 pm on Friday  and return at 6:00 pm on Saturday
Cost: $5
First 10 to sign up at the business office

Join ALPS for

2016 Spring ALPS Applications now available

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GREAT BOAT FLOAT CHALLENGE

8th Annual Boat Float Challenge

Every year intrepid sailors gather near the Recreation House to test their skills in a battle of cardboard and creativity. Join us and test your luck on the stormy lake waters. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff!

Contact: Trevor Berneking

Email: bernekingt@bvu.edu

Website: bvu.edu/boat

Postponted to May 4th at 6 pm

SPRING FEST!

Spring

Miss the good old camp days? Join ALPS for SPRING FEST where we will be putting on fun camp activities that are a blast from the past! There will be yummy grub, various games on land and in water, creation of survival kits, and even TIE-DYING (Bring Your Own Fabric). The event will end with the 8th Annual Beaver's Great Boat Float Challenge!

Contact: Trevor Berneking

Email: bernekingt@bvu.edu

May 1st, 2016 12-4pm

Paintball Trip to Mad Cow Paintball in Louisville, Neb. - Photos
Friday, April 29
Leave at 2:15 pm  and return at 11:00 pm
Cost: $10 
First 12 to sign up at the business office

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Spin and Splash - Watch Video Here

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Sunday, April 3

The weather channel is suggesting 70's and sunshine this Sunday! ALPS will be leading a group bicycle ride in town (leave house at 3:00 pm) and making smoothies and milkshakes. Bicycles available for check out. Come down to ride or get out on the lake with one of our canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. Opportunity to complete Boater Safety from 3-5 pm.

Come enjoy your Sunday at the Rec House!


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The Iowa Wonders of Fly Fishing - Pictures of Trip - Day 1 - Day 2

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April 15-17 - Fishing Trip to Decorha, Iowa 
Co-Sponsored by The BVU Weekend Programming Committee
Leave at 3:00 pm Friday, April 15 and return by 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 17
Cost: $20 - need to purchase your own fishing license and trout stamp
First 8 to sign up at the business office

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Come join us in spending three days in Decorah, Iowa for fly fishing and to spend some time outdoors. We will be discovering the environmental wonders of fishing in Iowa. Leaving Friday, April 15 and returning the 17th with lots of outdoor time in between. The wonderful Mark Kirkholm and Dr. Coogan will be joining us to help widen and expand the adventure. This trip will cost $20 per person which does not include your fishing license or trout stamp! There are only eight spots available so if your interested make your way to the buisness office to make your payment and reserve your spot. It is thanks to ALPS and Weekend Programming that all other equipment will be provided. For more information contact Gage Cook, Dakota Popp, or ALPS.

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Come out and learn more about world renown authors, lecturers and developers on the art of fly-fishing. Dave and Emily Whitlock will be doing two ACES events next week. On Tuesday, March 15th at 4 pm they will be talking about "The Essence of Fly-fishing" while on Wednesday, March 16 at 4 pm they will be discussing "Stream Conservation: Saving the Earth one stream at a time." Both events will take place in room 126 in the Science Center.

Night 1 Pictures - Night 2 Pictures

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Six BVU ALPS students got the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Midwest Outdoor Leadership Conference hosted by UNO Outdoor Venture Center and Omaha Outward Bound School February, 19-21, 2016! Pictures of the Weekend

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March 6th Ski Trip to Mount Kato: Mount Kato Website - Pictures
Co-Sponsored by The BVU Weekend Programming Committee
Sunday, March 6
Leave at 7:30 am  and return at 7 pm
Cost: $15 - if you have skis or snowboard your cost will be $10
First 22 to sign up at the business office
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Winterfest! Sunday, February 21 - 12:30 - 5 pm - Cancelled due to warm weather

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Dog Sledding and Fishing Trip - February 11-14th
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Points-Unknown and Pine Mountain Lake

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Photos of Dog Sledding

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Photos of fishing at Pine Mountain Lake

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J-Term Ski Trip to Mount Kato: Mount Kato Website - Pictures
Monday, January 18
Leave at 7:30 am  and return at 6 pm
Cost: $20 - if you have skis or snowboard your cost will be $10
First 12 to sign up at the business office

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Fall 2015 ALPS Retreat - Kings Pointe Cottages - Photos

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Adopt A Family - 2015 Holiday Season
ALPS had a great time shopping for our adopt a family last night. A great feeling to know we are helping a family in need!
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Paintball Trip: ICU Paintball - Cancelled due to Weather
Friday, November 20

Leave at 2 pm and return at 11 pm
Cost: $10
First 13 to sign up
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Climb Iowa Trip: Climb Iowa Photos
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Sunday, November 22
Leave at 8 am and return at 5 pm
Cost: $10
First 12 to sign up
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Turkey Trot - Sponsored by ALPS/OAC, Team Wellness and ROTC - Pictures
Sunday, November 22 
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Turkey Trot Final

Registration at 3:00 pm - Race starts at 3:30 pm from Rec House
Bring Non-Perishable Food Item for entry fee
First 15 to register (email alps@bvu.edu) and run/walk will receive a free long sleeve shirt
Prize for best costume - food and beverages will be provided at the end of the race

ALPS/OAC Pumpkin Carving Contest - Photos 
Wednesday, October 28

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Winners
Most Creative
Chinese symbols with hearts: Hsin hui, Jing wen, Hsiang ying

Best Face
Vampire Bacteria: Erin Morley

Best Overall
Owl: Olivia Tuel

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ALPS Omaha Zoo Trip - Photos - Omaha Zoo Website
Saturday, October 24
Open to the first 12 students
Cost: $5
Where: Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska

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Canoe/Kayak Races
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Come on out to the Rec House on October 7th at 5PM for some boating fun and races on the kayaks and paddleboards! After the races have concluded we will be having a fire and roasting some s’mores.

ALPS Mini-Retreat
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Had a great mini ALPS retreat yesterday. Did some team-building, planned semester trips, learned how to hang a hammock and use a compass and did a scavenger hunt. Thanks to everyone for a great day and thanks to Adam Wallander for all his help!

Good Old Fashion Camping Trip
Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 20
Open to the first 12 students
Cost: $10
Where: Loess Hills and Whiterock Conservatory

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Burritos and Bicycles - Photos
Saturday, September 12 - 10:30 am
Recreation House
Ride Around the Lake then EAT Burritos

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Sunset Paddle - Pictures
Saturday, August 29 - 7:30 pm
Boater Safety, Paddle on the Water, Bonfire and Fishing

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ACES Event - The Sport of Log Rolling - Abby Hoeschler - Key Log Rolling
Monday, April 27 - 4 pm Hansen 8 
Clinic at 7 pm at the BVU Beach - Pictures of the Event

 

 

2014-15 ALPS Trips:

May 9: Horseback Riding (Cedar Valley Stables) - Cedar Valley Stables - Pictures

  • Location: Cedar Valley Stables . Tipton, Iowa
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Thursday, May 8 - TBA
  • Sign up by Tuesday, May 5 by making payment at the Business Office
  • For more information about the trip please email alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Maximum 12
  • Cost - $5

April 17-19: Camping/Hiking Trip (Indian Caves) - Indian Caves

  • Location: Indian Caves . Shubert, Nebraska
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Wednesday, April 15 - TBA
  • Sign up by Tuesday, April 14 by making payment at the Business Office
  • For more information about the trip please email alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Maximum 9
  • Cost - $10

March 21-27: Spring Break Trip - YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Pictures

February 21: Skiing/Snowboarding Trip - Trip Photos Mount Kato website - Ski/Snowboard Trip Flyer

  • Location: Mount Kato website - Mankato, Minn.
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Thursday, February 19 - 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by Wednesday, February 18 by making payment at the Business Office
  • For more information about the trip please email alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Maximum 12
  • Cost - $30

February 12-15: Dog Sledding - Trip Photos - Points-Unknown Website

January 17: Skiing/Snowboarding Trip - Trip Photos - Mount Kato website - Ski/Snowboard Trip Flyer


  • Location: Great Bear Recreation Park - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Thursday, January 15 - 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by Wednesday, January 14 by making payment at the Business Office
  • For more information about the trip please email alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Maximum 12
  • Cost - $20

November 22: Climb Iowa & Sky Zone - Des Moines, Iowa - Trip Photos
Climb Iowa Website - Sky Zone Website - Climb Iowa/Sky Zone Flyer

  • Location: Climb Iowa & Sky Zone - Des Moines, Iowa
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20 - 7:00 & 8:00 pm
  • Sign up by Tuesday, November 18 via Email to alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Maximum 12
  • Cost - $15

November 9: Paintballing - MN Pro Paintball - Lakeville, Minnesota - Official Website - Trip Pictures

  • Location: Lakeville, Minnesota - MN Pro Paintball
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Friday, November 7 - TBA
  • Sign up by Thursday, November 6 via Email to alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: 12
  • Cost - $15

October 18-20: Camping/Hiking on the Superior National Trail - Silver Bay, Minnesota - Trip Flyer - Trip Itinerary - Cancelled

  • Location: Superior National Trail - Silver Bay, Minnesota
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Thursday, October 16 - 7:00 pm
  • Sign up by Tuesday, October 14 via Email to alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Minimum 4 - Maximum 7
  • Cost - $50

September 19-20: Camping/Float Trip in Madrid & Boone, Iowa - Trip Pictures

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  • Location: Ledges State Park - Madrid, Iowa & Boone, Iowa
  • Pre-trip meeting Date - Thursday, September 18 - 7:00 pm
  • Sign up by (Date) via Email to alps@bvu.edu
  • Travel Party: Minimum 10 - Maximum 12
  • Cost - $12

Upcoming ALPS Clinics & Events: