Our Mission is to foster creative, critical, and divergent thinking in young people. To develop emotionally intelligent and successful young leaders capable of adaptability and collaboration through a challenging outdoor program that will give them confidence, determination and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. 

Who We Are

The Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) is a licensed US based non-profit led by professionals with substantial experience designing and facilitating experiential programming for young people in international settings.  In addition, our personnel possess professional certifications in outdoor emergency response and outdoor technical skill proficiencies, as well as advanced degrees in the fields of education and outdoor education. This level of professionalism ensures that our participants are well taken care of when out in the field and the content delivered far exceeds expectations.

Why We Do This

We do this because we love the outdoors and want to share it with others. We want young people to become more connected to each other and more connected to our natural world. We’ve seen how conquering challenges and overcoming fears can give you a lifelong confidence that you can achieve anything. This is why we do what we do. 

Challenge, Teach, Inspire

"I have seen first hand how some of these adventures changed my own kids. By conquering fears and pushing there limits they are stronger and more confident you people. They want and take responsibility. That will serve them well when they are adults and on their own."

Rhett Power 

CEO and Chairman 

Outdoor Leadership Institute 

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Rhett Power

Board Chair and CEO 

Best-Selling Author, Leadership Coach, Columnist at Forbes and Inc. 

Hennie Marais

Chief Experience Officer

World Class Guide and Expedition Leader

Peter Marais

Chief Operations Officer

International Expert in Training and Risk Management

Terra Boone

Board Member 

Expert in Tourism and Outdoor Programing

Miranda Gilkerson

COBE Team Lead and Marketing Strategy

Patrick Boone

Board Member

Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor on Accounting and Finance


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