Outdoor Leadership Center

OLC logoThe Outdoor Leadership Center (OLC) promotes outdoor recreation by providing equipment and programs to optimize enjoyment of the outdoors.

This student-run center provides equipment for daily and extended use and conducts workshops for students to learn the skills associated with various outdoor activities.

OLC staff canoeing on the Sauk River

 September 2013: OLC Employees on the Sauk River


The Outdoor Leadership Center:

  • Provides experiential learning for its customers through outdoor programming and the rental of outdoor equipment
  • Introduces its clients to new areas of interest in the outdoors
  • Is able to provide alternative leadership opportunities and encourage socially responsible life skills

The Center also sponsors a number of programs and clinics such as seasonal camping, snowshoeing, and scuba diving.

We offer a wide range of equipment to help you take advantage of our magnificent surroundings.

Please Note: The Climbing wall is now administered by SJU Athletics

Upcoming Events:

 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

September 27 through November 22


The Outdoor Leadership Center and the Peer Resource Program recently hosted their annual Fruit at the Finish Triathlon.  Held at Saint John's University, the race was open to students, faculty and community members.  The race consisted of an indoor swim of 750 feet  (Warner Palaestra Pool), an 8 mile bike and 5K run.  As usual, there was plentiful fruit at the finish, fantastic prizes and a festive atmosphere.  For more information, check out the Fruit at the Finish Triathlon Page here.

2012 Fruit at the Finish Results: "Banana-swama-bike-o-rana!"

2013 Fruit at the Finish Results:  "Get Juiced!"

Check out pictures from the race here.

Equipment List

It's your backyard, so get out and play!

Camping Gear
  • Tents
  • Tarps
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Cook Sets
  • Stoves
  • Backpacks
  • Headlamps
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Purifiers
Outdoor Recreation
  • Rollerblades
  • Tennis racquets
  • Tennis balls
  • Golf clubs
  • Basketballs
  • Footballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Dodge balls
  • Frisbees
  • Fishing Poles
  • Baseball bats
  • Wiffleball bats
  • Bocce ball set
  • Blongo ball set
  • Hockey Skates
  • Broomball Sticks
  • Broomballs
  • X-Country Skis
  • Snowshoes
  • Ice Fishing Poles


Green Bikes
  • We now rent bikes!


Contact Us

Outdoor Leadership Center
Mary 033, SJU Campus
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
(320) 363-3435


Open daily: 2 pm - 6 pm