In order to get the most out of this experience, students must meet our eligibility requirements. Please carefully review the information here before applying.
Our number one priority is safety. Without a vigilant demand of safety standards we would not be able to fulfill our mission of delivering an exceptional, life changing, educational experience.
Our classrooms are remote. Our campus is “off the grid” from the normal services and amenities that go along with many other schools or campuses. Instructors and camp staff will not be constantly with students and we will be operating in many areas that will be environmentally, culturally, or climatically different than what students are used to. It is critical that you as a student show up on day one physically, mentally and emotionally capable of managing yourself as you face these daily challenges.
We strongly believe in making the outdoors as accessible as possible in order to deliver an exceptional opportunity for individual growth. We are an inclusive community which is always striving to be more so. We do not discriminate on any grounds.
In order to help ensure that our program is for you, you must read and agree to our eligibility criteria as follows:
Students must be at least 18 years old at the start of the program.
You don’t need to be an athlete but should have at least average level of fitness from already living an active lifestyle. At a minimum, you should be able to stay on your feet and hiking for several hours of a day and ready to repeat this for a few days in a row.
Disability or Injury
We do our best to make reasonable accommodations for disabilities or chronic injuries without fundamentally altering the nature of the experience for everyone. We’re happy to discuss on a case-by-case basis.
- Students who have a mental health condition (e.g. depression or anxiety) must disclose this on their application. They will then be contacted to ensure they meet our essential eligibility criteria for safe participation in the program.
- We may require a report or letter from a Doctor/Psychiatrist/Psychologist which states the student is suitable to participate in our program.
- If a mental health condition is not disclosed on the application form, MOI reserves the right to withdraw the student from the program.
- Students must be able to self-manage their condition.
Language and Communication
Students must be able to communicate effectively in English. Accommodations can be made for the hearing impaired and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Current Health Conditions
Students must commit to showing up to join us in Alaska healthy, fit and stoked for the challenges ahead. The days will be full and long… and it doesn’t get dark. Our camp is basic and the backcountry is rough. This is not the place to be sick or recovering.
Our community is tight and your team will be together 24/7. You will primarily be outside but will also be sharing meals, tents and vehicles. “Social Distancing” is impossible or impractical. All participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID19.
Students who take prescription medications need to be able to self-manage. This means carrying and caring for the medication and self-administering medication at appropriate dosages/intervals without instructor supervision. If loss of medication could be problematic, program instructors can carry a backup/emergency supply of medication. No provisions will be made for temperature controlled storage of medications.
Allergies and Dietary Restrictions
Allergies, food preferences and other dietary restrictions must be shared with MOI in the application process so that we may have an honest discussion about the realities of joining. For example, a severe peanut allergy could be very problematic since much of the food provided could be peanut based and cross contamination will be impossible to avoid.
Many, but not all, dietary preferences can be accommodated. Please review complete details on the realities of the food provided here: Food is Fuel
During the program, our focus on risk management and the overall experience of the team necessitates the following requirements of all participants:
Safety and Judgement
Each student must be able to exercise sound judgment, with and without direct supervision.
Each student must be able to recall and understand instructions, hazards and risks previously explained by program instructors.
Each student must be able to independently identify and recognize potential hazards and warn others.
Students must be able to act reliably around stated hazards to minimize risk even when not directly supervised.
Students must have the ability to stay alert and focus attention for several hours at a time in potentially hazardous and/or uncomfortable environments.
Students must practice good self care: Maintaining adequate hydration, sufficient food intake for energy needs, sufficient sleep/rest, and dressing appropriately to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat illness, sunburn or frostbite.
No student may continually take a greater share of the instructors focus and energy than other students.
Students must be able to work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
Students must be able to take care of and know the location of their possessions and any equipment issued to them at all times during the program.
Students must commit to maintaining a respectful attitude and actions towards the natural environment.
Smoking, vaping, drugs, alcohol
No smoking, vaping, edible marijuana or other recreational drug use on the MOI campus or during field sessions.
Occasional alcohol use for those of legal age may be allowed off campus for special events.
Electronic Devices, Communication
To get the most out of the experience, students must be present, not plugged in. This program is for adults and students will be treated as such so there is no prohibition of the use of phones and other devices. However, you must recognize that you will often be without service and that no provisions will be made for the charging of your device.