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Apply to lead a SOAP trip this coming fall semester.

We are always looking for new SOAP trip ideas and people to lead others out into nature.

If you are interested in becoming a SOAP leader, click Apply Now to fill out a SOAP Leader Application and tell us your trip ideas.

Don't worry, you don't have to be an outdoor leadership major to apply!

If you don't have a new trip you would like to lead but are interested in leading one of our "staple" trips, let us know.










Mike Harris
He is a recent graduate from Southern’s masters program. He is currently the Programming Director of Outdoor Leadership and hopes to introduce students to their Creator through nature, while helping them become better leaders.



 Emily Durichek

Emily graduated from Union College in Lincoln, NE with a Bachelors of Science in International Rescue and Relief. She enjoys many different kinds of outdoor activities, but her favorites include horseback riding, climbing, backpacking, snow skiing, and white water rafting. Emily loves meeting new people and looks forward to connecting with many students through the many different activities planned this year.



Ryan Kloosterhuis
Ryan has been known to dabble in many outdoor ac- tivities including rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, ice climbing and many more, but particularly traditional rock climbing. He loves going on expeditions with friends, and ones soon to be, for such activities and for the experience. Recently, He was a member of a team that went on an expedition to Death Valley, CA which was sponsored by BMW to drive their bikes across the desert to make a promotional video.




 Brad Newmyer 

Brad is a recent Outdoor Leadership graduate. He enjoys taking people outdoors and giving them the chance to do some- thing new and push their limits as well as his. If you can’t find him at the Gear shed, more than likely he is rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding or water-skiing.





Tyler Newmyer
Tyler is a first year Grad As- sistant. His passion is leading trips and interacting with people in the outdoors. He enjoys sharing the love and knowledge of the outdoors with others. His experience includes leading trips in backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing.


 Ross Mason

Ross graduated from Canadian University College (CUC) in 2014 with a B.A. in Adventure Based Counseling. Ross is also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (W-EMT), Advanced Swift-water Rescue Technician, and Private Pilot. In 2014, Ross served with the Lacombe Fire Department as a firefighter. During his years at CUC, Ross was the Lead Rock Wall Supervisor and Outward Pursuits Department Technician. He taught a range of outdoor education classes and led in wilderness programming for high school youth. Over the last 4 years at CUC Ross assisted with college level classes on wilderness and climbing expeditions. Ross has a passion for the wilderness, youth, and life.


Matthew Russell
Ooltewah, Tennessee
Loves being SOAP assistant coordinator