Mission and Beliefs

Our Mission is to:

  • Foster effective leadership skills through training, mentorship, and praxis.
  • Promote environmental responsibility through direct experience in the natural world.
  • Teach outdoor skills and judgment for lifelong recreation and fitness.
  • Provide small group experiences in which participants experience supportive community, open communication, and teamwork.

Our efforts directly support the Mission of Middlebury College, notably in the areas of leadership development and environmental awareness, each identified as areas in which the College strives for “conspicuous excellence”.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe the best approach to accomplishing our mission is  one combining hands-on experience with thoughtful reflection.
  • We believe that engaging learners in well-designed outdoor activities teaches responsibility for one's self,  the College community, and the greater ecological community of which we are a part.
  • We believe that thoughtfully designed and implemented outdoor activities provide a perfect and unique venue for the acquisition and application of  practical, real-world leadership skills.
  • Questions about MOP? Contact

    Doug Connelly, MS
    Director of Outdoor Programs and Club Sports
    Freeman International Center
    Middlebury College
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    (802) 443-3105