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.
Spring Trip Dates: May 14 – May 18, 2014
Pre-trip meeting: May 10, 2014 Oakland 9 AM-4 PM
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
Summer Dates: July 23 – 27, 2014
Location: Tahoe National Forest
Pre-trip meeting: July 19, 2014 Oakland 9 AM-4 PM
Application Deadline: July 4, 2014
Fees for the WLT are on a sliding scale. Please choose the appropriate registration fee by selecting your agency’s annual budget (total support and revenue for the past fiscal year.)
- $199,999 and under — $195.00
- $200,000-$999,999 — $295.00
- $1,000,000+ — $395.00
- Unaffiliated Individual — $695.00
If financial constraints prohibit you from signing up for the WLT, please consider applying for the full tuition Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Fund. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!