Adventure Leadership Program Scholars & Outdoor Adventure Club

The BVU Outdoor Adventure Club provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun outdoor activities on campus or in Storm Lake including, but not limited to cardboard boat race, Jack-o-lanterns, camping, cross-country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and snow tubing.  We aim to give back to the environment and community while spreading an appreciation for the outdoors.

2017-2018 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.

Learning Objectives - Trips

  • Student leaders will be able to enhance their leadership capabilities and guide participants in shaping their social and ethical values.
  • Students will  develop positive attitudes toward recreational activity through being exposed to new experiences.
  • Students will develop new relationships or stronger relationships with individuals in the groups.

ALPS Application 1

Go kart Sky Zone trip
GoKart and Sky Zone - April 15th
$20 per person - 12 person max
Pay at the Business office

ALPS fly fishing Trip - Photos


Fly fishing trip ad
Fly Fishing Trip - April 20-22
$15 per person at the Business Office
Decorah, Iowa

Dog Sledding Trip - February 22 - 25
Dog Sledding Photos  - Courtesy of Points-Unknown
Dog Sledding Photos - Courtesy of BVU Rec Services
Fishing Photos - Courtesy of BVU Rec Services


Flyer Learn and Lead 18

Interested in getting some exercise and trying something new during the month of February and early March? Come join us in the BVU pool and give log rolling a try. From 8-9 pm on the following Wednesdays (February 14, 21, 28 - March 7, 14) we will be there. It is open to everyone so give it a shot. Click on the following link to watch a short video of BVU students giving it a shot. Please contact Trevor Berneking at for more information.

Log Rolling Video

2018 J-Term Ski Trip - Mount Kato and Welch Village

Photos Day 1 - Mount Kato

Photos Day 2 - Welch Village


2017 ALPS Adapt A Family - Photos

Adapt A Family

12-1-17 - ICU Paintball - Des Moines, Iowa - Website

ALPS Paintball Poster Final

11-12-17 - Climb Iowa Pictures

Climb Iowa Pictures

Climb Iowa Trip Flyer

Turkey Trot 5K

October 26, 2017 - Pictures

Pumpkin Carving

Boat Float -BVU Beach - Pictures
Thursday, September 28 - 5:00 pm


Horseback Riding - take 3


Horseback Riding - Beyond the Cross Ranch - Auburn, Iowa - Photos
September 16
$15 per person
Contact with questions
Please pay at the Business Office by September 15

2016-2017 Outdoor Adventure Trips and Activities

Spring fest: - Sunday, April 30 - 12-4 pm
Spring Fest (1)

ALPS Applications:
Apply For ALPS

OAC Executive Board Applications:

Upcoming ALPS Clinics & Events:

Camping and Fishing Adventure - Pictures

Final Fishing Adventure

Camping at Lake View, Iowa at Blackhawk state park
April 21-22
$7 per person
Contact with questions
Please pay at the Business Office by April 18th

ALPS/SCATE Zoo Trip - Henry Doorly Zoo


Zoo Trip with ALPS (9)
Stay Overnight in the African Safari
April 7-8
$10 for SCATE students
$20 for non-SCATE students
Contact or with questions
Please pay at the Business Office by April 3rd

2017 Spring Break Trip - March 17-21 - Day 1 PicturesDay 2 PicturesDay 3 Pictures - Day 4 Pictures


Spring Horseback Riding Trip
Saturday, March 18 - Pictures
Horseback Riding - Take 2
Cost: $15
# of Students: First 10 students signed up at the business office
Departure: 10:30 am from the Bell
Return: Be back to BVU by 4 pm

Dog Sledding Trip
February 16-19 - Pictures


Ski Trip - Afton ALPS - Pictures
Friday, January 20 - Saturday, January 21
Hastings, Minn. - Afton ALPS
Leave at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 20 from the Bell and return by 9:00  pm Saturday, January 21
Cost: $30 for people that need rental equipment and $20 for people that don't need it
First 17 to sign up at the business office
Co-Sponsored by Weekend Programming Committee

Afton Alps Ski Trip-1

2016 Turkey Trot - Winners
Sunday, November 20th
Starts at 2:00 pm from the Rec House
Entry fee is 3 canned goods or $2
Bring to the Rec House


Paintballing Trip - Pictures of the Trip
Sunday, December 4
Des Moines, Iowa - ICU Paintball
Leave at 10:00 am on Sunday from the Bell and return by 4:30  pm that night
Cost: $15
First 24 to sign up at the business office

Paintball Trip Flyer

Climb Iowa Trip
Sunday, November 20 - Pictures
Grimes, Iowa - Climb Iowa
Leave at 8:30 am on Sunday from the Bell and return by 5:30  pm that night
Cost: $10
First 12 to sign up at the business office



Omaha Zoo Trip
Saturday, October 29
Omaha, Nebraska- Henry Doorly Zoo
Leave at 9:00 am on Saturday and return by 7 pm that night
Cost: $5
First 24 to sign up at the business office

Zoo Trip with ALPS Final Poster

Pumpkin Carving In Front of Pierce/White
Wednesday, October 19
6:30-8:30 pm in front of Pierce/White
There will be prizes with snacks available


Winners of the pumpkin carving contest - Pictures
1st place: Rosalind Macho & Beatriz Medina
2nd place: Kimberly Hults
3rd place: Emily Brewer
Most liked: Kenzie Rappe

Final Pumpkin Carving

Horseback Riding

Pictures of the event - More Pictures

Had a great time riding horses at Beyond the Cross Ranch in Auburn, Iowa. We had a beautiful afternoon with some great students and leaders.

Sunday, October 9
Auburn, Iowa - The Cross Ranch Trail Rides
Leave at 11:00 am on Sunday and return by 7 pm that night
Cost: $15
First 12 to sign up at the business office

Habitat for Humanity - Pictures
Had a great time yesterday volunteering with Habitat for Humanity! Had great weather and worked with some wonderful people. Thanks for allowing to give back to the Storm Lake Community!


Campus Camping Event

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Saturday, September 10 - Sunday, September 11
Leave at 9:00 am on Saturday and return at 10:30 am on Sunday
Cost: $10
First 12 to sign up at the business office

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 - Photos

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

Application poster final


Another Boat Float in the books! Congrats to Blodgett and Kirkholm's seminar class for winning this years boat float. They also won the Pride of the Fleet award. Second place was ROTC and third place was the Aquaholics. Aquaholics also won the Titanic award while Garrett and Katelyn won the People's Choice award! Thanks everyone for participating!

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



Postponed to May 4 at 6 p.m.



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


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


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


April 15-17 - Fishing Trip to Decorah, 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


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 you're interested make your way to the business 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.

Dave and Emily Whitlock poster 2016

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

Flyer Learn and Lead

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


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

ski trip poster

Winterfest! Sunday, February 21 - 12:30 - 5 pm - Cancelled due to warm weather


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

Photos of Dog Sledding

Photos of fishing at Pine Mountain Lake


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


Fall 2015 ALPS Retreat - Kings Pointe Cottages - Photos


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!
Adopt a Family

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

Climb Iowa Trip: Climb Iowa Photos

Sunday, November 22
Leave at 8 am and return at 5 pm
Cost: $10
First 12 to sign up
Rock Climbing

Turkey Trot - Sponsored by ALPS/OAC, Team Wellness and ROTC - Pictures
Sunday, November 22 

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 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


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

Best Face
Vampire Bacteria: Erin Morley

Best Overall
Owl: Olivia Tuel

Poster (00000002)

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



Canoe/Kayak Races
Canoe-Kayak Races October 7-1

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
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

Good ol _ALPS

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


Burritos and Bicycles

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


Sunset Paddle 500x650

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



Upcoming OAC Events

7th Annual Boat Float Race - Pictures

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 5-7 pm 
Registration begins at 4:30 pm at the Rec House
Food and Beverages will be provided
Rules can be found on the BVU Outdoor Adventure Club Facebook page
Opportunity to play Battleship
Prizes for the winners 

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - Winterfest - Page Link - Photos

Hockey Tournament Winners
Austin Hayes,Mathew Lyonal GothCharlie WebsterKatie Rae Shearer and Jordan Balster 

Broomball Tournament
1st Place: Scotty LocatiKyle Shade and Doug Bohaty
2nd Place:  William ConnellyTaylor Rose StaabKayla CorsoDemetrius HeardKatelyn Bohaty and Tanner Wood 
3rd Place:  Charlie WebsterJordan BalsterMathew Lyonal Goth and Austin Hayes 
4th Place:  Hailey DollenShania Wunschel and Emma Konkler 

Snow Sculpture Contest:
1st Place:  Kyle ShadeScotty Locati and Doug Bohaty
2nd Place: Carlos Silva and Samantha Arnold 

ROTC Obstacle Course:
Fastest Time: Justin Sacker 

Monday, November 24, 2014: Turkey Trot - Photos

Costume Winners

1st Place - Mark Shea - Turkey Bacon
2nd Place - M.O.V.E - 2-percent - Cow outfits
3rd Place - Students in Ghillie Suits 

Thursday, October 23, 2014: Pumpkin Carving - Photos

2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest

A great afternoon to carve some pumpkins! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Our winners:
1st - Molly Hesnard & Keely Bycroft
2nd - Jenna Falline & Ashly Lulman 
3rd - Katie Anderson 

Congrats and thanks to everybody that came out and carved a pumpkin. We hope you all had a blast!

  • Where: Between Science Center and Fieldhouse
  • Time: 3-5 pm
  • Why: Interact and see who has the best creativity

Previous OAC Events - 2014-2015

Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Welcome BBQ 

Beth & Courtney Grilling

  • Where: Rec House
  • Time: 5-7 pm
  • Why: Meet & Greet possible new members