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.
Wednesday, May 17 – Sunday, May 21, 2017
Pre-trip meeting: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Oakland BAWT Office, 9 AM-4 PM
WLT Registration Deadline: May 5, 2017
Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Deadline: April 28, 2017
Wednesday, June 21 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
Location: Tahoe National Forest
Pre-trip meeting: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Oakland BAWT Office, 9 AM-4 PM
WLT Registration Deadline: June 2, 2017
Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Deadline: May 26, 2017
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!
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
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