Mission and Values


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The Center for Outdoor Leadership (COL) provides experiential education programs using outdoor adventure recreation, challenge course facilitation, and co-curricular programs, to focus on leadership development. COL furthers the liberal arts education of students, faculty, and greater Pfeiffer community through opportunities designed to promote personal growth, social interactions and environmental stewardship

COL supports the University’s mission of developing “Servant Leaders” by providing opportunities for students to serve as student leaders, facilitators, and community role models. Experiential leadership development programs are designed to encourage student organizations, Pfeiffer Journey courses, and athletic teams to think globally and act locally – supporting the COL motto of, “Serving today. Leading tomorrow.” This provides a unique educational experience for our student body and fosters the development of leadership skills and outdoor ethics in COL student trip leaders and facilitators.

  • COL promotes environmental stewardship through Leave No Trace principles and safe outdoor experiences following the industry standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, American Mountain Guide Association, American Canoe Association, Wilderness Medical Institute and Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities.


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