A Special Thanks to our Gear Library & CFK Sponsors:
Reflections from BAWT’s Frontcountry Leadership Course Participants
Our first Frontcountry Leadership Course (FLT) of the year is coming up, March 16th & 17th, at Tilden Regional Park. Completing the FLT qualifies new leaders to borrow equipment (for free) from our Gear Libraries.
In honor of this, we sifted through FLT participant evaluations to share with the BAWT community why this course is important and relevant to all youth workers who want to take kids outdoors.
Aaron Gilbert leads discussion by campfire with last years’ FLT participants in Tilden Regional Park
What aspect was most useful to you on this FLT course?
“Overcoming my own anxieties about stepping out of my comfort zone & how to set up the tent properly and make the kids comfortable”
“Planning and equipment management – writing out checklists, developing schedules & maintaining equipment helped me understand its importance in making a youth trip successful”
With BAWT Staffers, Michael Kawalek (Director of Development and Finance) and Aaron Gilbert (Program Director) to show me the ropes, I attended my first Outdoor Retailers (OR) Show in Salt Lake City to solicit gear donations in January. This high octane trade show is open to gear manufacturers and retailers, with participants playing hard and working hard for three days straight.
Scott and Aaron wind down the OR event with the
awards show at the end of the day
Each season, as sleeping bags become unusable, ground pads wear out, and various equipment needs to be cycled off, BAWT replaces some of the Gear Libraries’ equipment by soliciting donations from the Outdoor Industry. BAWT relies on gear donations to be used both in our gear libraries and as equipment to be given away as premiums for our Climbing for Kids and Backpacking For Kids Adventure Fundraising Programs.
We forged new relationships, cemented old ones, and networked like crazy. For gear heads and non- gear heads alike, this event is exciting with much to be learned each time!
Attention Adventure Enthusiasts!
Climbing For Kids 7th annual season is here! A new mountain has been added, Mount Shuksan. Shuksan is located in Washington State and is one of the jewels of the Northern Cascades. Its expansive glaciers, breathtaking views and its amazing rocky pyramid summit makes this mountain one of the most photographed in the world. You will find this mountain to be truly worth every step to the top. Shuksan is just one of 5 mountains you can choose from this year; Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. See you on the mountain!
Climb the most photographed mountain in the world: Mt. Shuksan!
Sign up today and help at-risk children get outside for the first time!
Notes from the Trail:
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) a success!
Thank you to Mark Triplett (principal) and Jill Johnson (teacher) of Urban Promise Academy for opening up their school site to host the WFA course. We could not have had better facilities or hosts. After supporting UPA trips for several years it was great to be at their school. Participants in the course left feeling like they were not just completing a certification, but that they were also supporting youth at UPA.
Sad you missed this class? Sign up now for our next WFA course on March 9th & 10th OR you can try our 10-day Wilderness First Responder course this August 4th – 14th at the Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa.
BAWT is hiring!
Bay Area Wilderness Training is looking for interns in Oakland and San Francisco AND hiring for a part-time position in Oakland. For more information click the following positions below:
Program Associate – Gear Library (paid position & posting coming soon), Oakland