The Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) is a five day intensive entry-level backpacking course at the heart of BAWT’s programs. It is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain full access to our gear libraries.
The Wilderness Leadership Training consists of a pre-trip meeting and five days of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skills learned include: clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Role playing exercises are used to give participants a realistic backcountry leadership experience. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary.
Get your Wilderness First Aid training. Before you can lead backpacking trips you will also need to complete and keep current your Wilderness First Aid certification. You can take the course with us or with many other companies. Foster Calm, Ready SF, NOLS, Wilderness Medical Associates, and many more.
Completing this course will grant you access to borrow gear from any of our gear libraries. You will have full access to camping and backpacking gear. If you want to go camping in the Presidio, please check out the Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training. If you want to borrow snowshoes, please sign up for our annual Snowshoe course.
2019 Courses: TBD
Partial scholarships available through the summit scholarship program last, click here for more information.
Full scholarships available for Santa Clara County youth workers and educators, click here for more information
Santa Clara County Scholarship
If you serve youth in Santa Clara County, you may qualify for a FREE course registration. Learn more about the Santa Clara County Scholarship Program here
This fee and registration type is for leaders taking youth outdoors from schools and organizations that serve a population of youth that meet either of the following criteria. Please check with your school administrator or nonprofit director to determine if your school or organization meet at least one of the criteria below.
- 80% or more of the youth attending the school or served by the organization identify as youth of color
- 40% or more of the youth attending the school or served by the organization qualify for free or reduced lunch programs
If you don’t know if your school meets these criteria you can run a report on the California Department of Education site here.
This fee and registration type is for leaders taking youth outdoors from schools and organizations that serve populations of youth that do not meet the above criteria.
If you have questions about which registration type you qualify for please email email@example.com or call 510-452-2298 x301
Partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants for both registration types.
Another affordable option is taking our Frontcountry Leadership Training. This is a great way to get started and learn all the basic skills you will need to successfully take youth on car-camping based overnight trips, sparking their interest in the outdoors!
Who should take this course?
Experiences in nature can be educational, healing, community building, empowering. Teachers, youth workers, after school line staff, in-school aids, coaches, principals, after school site-coordinators, directors of youth agencies, or anyone who works or volunteers with youth or works on behalf of youth, should consider this training as both a great opportunity to develop their personal outdoor leadership skills and learn about how to make outdoor experiences an integral part of their work with youth.
Here is a testimonial about the impact of one leadership training
“BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature… On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way). My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally. The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip….priceless. I was so much more competent and confident. This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.”
– Zotunde Morton, Ujimaa Foundation
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or call us at 510-452-2298 x301.