Outdoor Leadership Ministries at JBU

Use the outdoors to facilitate education and spiritual formation

Be equipped to thrive in the growing outdoor industry. In the outdoor leadership ministries major, you will learn to use your expertise in the outdoors to facilitate education and spiritual formation. With the the Natural State and the Ozarks are at your fingertips, you can pursue your passions, earn your certifications and cultivate your leadership skills.

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What to expect as an Outdoor Leadership Ministries student at JBU

Launch a Meaningful Career

You'll be prepared to nurture spiritual formation and serve others in a growing industry. "The outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually and directly sustains 7.6 million American jobs." (Outdoor Industry Association, 2017)

Earn a Bachelor's & Master's Degree in Five Years

JBU offers a 4+1 path for students to earn both a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Leadership Ministries and a master’s degree in Outdoor Program Management from JBU's business school in just 5 years.

Learn in Northwest Arkansas

Home to the Buffalo River, the Ozark Mountains, dozens of parks and camps and 218 miles of soft-surface mountain bike trails, Northwest Arkansas is a practical and beautiful place to study Outdoor Leadership Ministries.

Get Certified

Students have the opportunity to earn certifications in Wilderness First Responder, ACA River Canoeing or Kayaking, Swift Water Rescue, Challenge Course Instructor and Archery.

Land a Great Internship

JBU OLM students apply their coursework through internships at some of the biggest and well known programs in the country. These include Camp IdRaHaJe (CO), Eagle Lake Camp (CO), HoneyRock (WI)New Life Ranch (OK), Noah’s Ark Outfitters (CO) and Sky Ranch (TX).

Specialize in Wilderness Medicine

JBU partners with Northwest Arkansas Community College to offer a specialization in wilderness medicine. Students can graduate as a certified and licensed Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.

What could you do with an Outdoor Leadership Ministries degree?

Camp Professional

Use your knowledge of camp operations and experiential education to serve in a variety of camp leadership roles.


With a solid background in experiential education and group dynamics, you can facilitate team formation in a variety of contexts including Challenge Course Manager, Outdoor Program Manager or Trainer.

Outdoor Guide

Lead wilderness excursions to help others challenge themselves, connect to nature and develop authentic community.

Prepare for a successful career and a life of purpose

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