Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship

Source: Adventure Cycling

Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling Association seeks candidates for the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. Adventure Cycling will choose two winners who will participate in either the Leadership Training Course or the Introduction to Road Touring. The scholarship covers airfare to attend one of the courses, the cost of the course which includes meals, lodging accommodations, and the cost of a rental bike and gear. Eligible candidates will be ages 18-25, enrolled in an accredited university or college, and have an interest in cycling. The application period will open February 1, 2014. The application deadline is February 28, 2014Download a PDF of the application.

Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course (LTC) is designed for experienced bicycle travelers who wish to learn our philosophy of leadership and how it applies to both our self-contained and supported bicycle tours. The LTC evolved out of Adventure Cycling’s participation in the American Youth Hostel leadership movement of the 70s and 80s. Participants will spend a little over three days with some of our most road-savvy leaders exploring the dynamics of outdoor leadership, the hows and whys of group motivation, and successful conflict resolution. We’ll also discuss bicycle repair, camping how-tos, food preparation and chore rotation, cycling safety, and more.

Your LTC experience will be beneficial regardless of how you end up using the knowledge and skills you gain. Some attendees wish to form their own tour companies while others simply hope to acquire expertise in organizing and leading club rides or other bike adventures with friends. Participants are sometimes seeking new perspectives for their workplaces or to hone personal leadership and relationship skills. Prospective Adventure Cycling tour leaders complete this course as a prerequisite. Whatever your goals, this course offers opportunities for serious introspection and self-evaluation as you discover what it takes to be an effective outdoor leader.

The Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course shares Adventure Cycling’s expertise on self-contained bicycle travel. Two days of classroom instruction provided by some of our most seasoned trip leaders will be followed by a four-day tour. This will give you the opportunity to test ride and apply what you’ve learned during your classroom sessions.

Note that you’ll need to come to this intro course with some cycling skills and experience under your belt. But after graduating, you’ll be ready to hit the road on a loaded tour, whether it’s a solo outing, a trip with friends, or a group tour with like-minded bike travelers on an Adventure Cycling trip!

Questions about this program? Please contact Amanda Lipsey at (406) 532-2775 or