History & Partners

History and Vision

In June of 2003, The Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School took its first four students into the wilderness for a two-week backpacking trip. The success of that trip launched a series of short-term trips throughout the following three summers. In the fall of 2006, OLD School leaders went all in, offering the first full wilderness discipleship semester. But offering the semester alone wasn’t enough. So in 2009, OLD School began working with various colleges and universities to offer college credit options for students. Its most current partnership is with Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. Throughout the years, OLD School continued to offer summer and semester courses until 2013, when leaders decided to drop the weeklong summer trips in order to focus all their efforts on the semester course. Eventual expansion goals include both spring and fall semesters in partnership with a growing number of universities.


Old School staff: Spencer Davis

Spencer Davis

Old School staff: Josh Martin

Josh Martin

Old School staff: Curtis Batten

Curtis Batten

Old School staff: Bailey Batten

Bailey Batten

Old School staff: Glendon Bach

Glendon Bach

Old School staff: Harry McSween

Harry McSween

Old School staff: Zach Mabry

Zach Mabry

Old School Proctor: Madi Strickland

Madi Strickland

Statement of Risk

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the highest priority at The Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School (OLD School). We recognize that there is always an inherent risk in the nature of OLD School semester courses. We also recognize the benefit of these risks in education, experience and connection. OLD School students will travel for long periods of time in wilderness environments, participating in technical outdoor skill courses that often take them hours or days away from advanced medical care. We believe that these risks are an integral part of OLD School courses, and that our organization is well-equipped and trained to identify and manage these risks.

Our Partners

Partners: Leave No Trace

Partners: Solo Southeast

Partners: American Canoe Association

Partners: USFS

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters operates under a “Special Use” authorization from the USDA Forest Service.

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