Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland's leaders are terrific role models for our students. Bright, charismatic and accomplished, our leaders focus on creating supportive, wholesome environments where our students can flourish. Here's a look at our leaders by the numbers.
We recruit our leaders from America’s finest colleges and universities, meeting with hundreds of campus leaders across the country—an effort that generated over 1,000 applications in 2015.
We spend over five hours evaluating each of our finalists: there are two readings of the application, a thorough review of three references, a three-part background check, a preliminary interview and a two-hour final interview.
In 2015, nearly 200 men and women led trips for Overland. A mix of first year and returning leaders (some of whom returned for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th summer), our leaders include top students, athletes and campus leaders—ideal role models for our students.
We visit the campuses of the country’s top schools multiple times during the year and rely on our network of leaders at these schools to produce a deep pool of qualified applicants.
All of our leaders come to Williamstown for 10 days of training in June. Leaders arrive certified in First Aid, CPR and lifesaving and training focuses on logistics, group dynamics and communications.
Our talented leaders have one goal: the success of each of their students. This, perhaps more than anything else, has made the difference for us as an organization and for the thousands of students who have joined us.