Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training

Camping at the Presidio (CAP) is a Crissy Field Center program, run in partnership with BAWT, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust and National Park Service.  This training is designed to give participants the skills and resources to plan and lead camping trips to the Presidio’s Rob Hill Campground.

Alumni gain access to CAP gear and resources and are eligible to complete a BAWT Gear Orientation to gain access to our three gear libraries. Are you a BAWT trained leader already? WLT and FLT alumni can take the CAPLT to gain access to the CAP program for their youth. 

Everything included

Course materials, outdoor equipment, food, are all included in course price.

For all skill levels

No previous experience necessary. Learn by doing in a safe, friendly, entry-level setting with your peers. 

Realistic & Practical

Skills gained: basic camping skills, day hiking, tent and stove-set up, team building and more.


Things you will learn:


Camping Skills

  • equipment use
  • clothing requirements
  • nutrition

Safety & Navigation

  • camping and hiking safety
  • following trail maps
  • risk management


  • leadership styles
  • group dynamics
  • cultural relevancy through outdoor experiences

Benefits of completing training

Experiences in nature can be educational, healing, community building, empowering.

Gain access to on-site gear

Alumni may check out tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camping stoves, and kitchen equipment for free on-site at Rob Hill. 

Trip support

Alumni are eligible for subsidized round-trip transportation for youth, pre-trip orientations, and guided programs from Park Rangers. 

Cross-train with BAWT

Alumni may complete a Gear Orientation to gain access to BAWT’s three gear libraries, mini-grants, and trip planning support. 

Who is it for? Anyone working with youth.  

Develop your personal outdoor leadership skills and
learn how to make outdoor experiences an integral part of your work.


  • Teachers
  • in-school aids
  • Principals

After School Programs

  • after school site-coordinators
  • after school line staff
  • coaches


Youth workers

  • directors of youth agencies
  • nonprofit organization youth leaders
  • anyone who works or volunteers with youth or works on behalf of youth

Upcoming trainings: 

Camping at the Presidio Orientation 

The CAP Orientation is for BAWT alumni of Frontcountry Leadership Training and Wilderness Leadership Training courses to participate in the Camping at the Presidio program without completing an overnight CAPLT course.

Dates: TBD

Location: Rob Hill Campground, San Francisco

Cost: $25

What Our Trained Leaders Say

“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

Youth Worker
Ujimaa Foundation

So excited to continue the growth of our club. This was our 5th completed trip this year, and I feel so grateful that it’s beginning to feel like a real institution and space respected in the school! Thank you BAWT, for your dedication to supporting all humans in experiencing the healing and power of Mother Earth. Excited to continue our partnership!

Mira Stern

Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection


Frequently Asked Questions

I've never been camping? Can I take the CAPLT?

Yes! We will give you the skills you need to take  your youth out camping.  From using our equipment to tips on how to manage youth while camping, we have you covered!

Do I need to be fit? What kind of people take this course?

Nope, a wide array of folks take this course.  Whether you are sedentary, active, or very active, we will accomodate to the needs of the group.

Do I need to bring anything?

We will send you a packing list and what you don’t have, we can likely provide because that’s what we do!

What if I can't afford it?

We offer a two tiered pricing for all of our courses and if that is still out of budget, we have a few scholarships for each course.  Go ahead and apply!

What about first aid training?

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.

If I take the CAPLT, can I get access to the BAWT gear libraries?

 Yes, alumni of the CAPLT can take a gear orientation with BAWT and gain access to free gear from our three gear library locations. Visit our Gear Orientation page to learn more. 

What if I want to lead a trip to the snow?

If you want to borrow snowshoes, and to learn about snow safety, please sign up for our annual Snowshoe course.

What if I don't work for a school or organization?

Our courses are designed and reserved for youth workers.  If you work with a group of youth at any capacity, feel free to register for our courses!  If you would like to get involved in another way, check out our volunteer Gear Corps which happens every second Wednesday of the month!

I've taken an FLT or WLT. Can I take my youth camping at the Presidio?

You can come on a one-day CAP Orientation and will then have access to the CAP program. 

Other courses

Hiking Leadership Training

1-day course for novice and experienced hikers provides leadership and facilitation skills for planning, organizing and leading fun and safe hikes with youth.

Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a highly experiential 2-day class for everyone who wants to learn how to handle medical situations in the backcountry. You’ll gain the confidence and the skills to handle a first aid emergency.

Frontcountry Leadership Training

Our FLT is an entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources needed to take youth safely and successfully on overnight trips.