The FLT at a Glance

Join us for our signature 2-day car camping course in our beautiful local parks.

Our Approach

Our courses follow our signature "Train-the-Trainer" model, using experiential education, role modeling, and more to grow participants' technical skills as campers and their facilitation skills as outdoor educators. This is what sets us apart from other commercial outdoor trips–we prepare you to bring your skills back to your unique community of youth and families and take them outdoors. BAWT specializes in culturally relevant education, so all lessons will use a lens of diversity and inclusion.


The FLT will focus on car camping in a frontcountry setting. This means you will drive to and park at the campsite, and while you will certainly be surrounded by nature, you won't be in a "wilderness" or backcountry setting. During the FLT you will learn technical skills for car camping like setting up and managing a campsite, meal planning and cooking in a camp kitchen, safety and risk management, hiking skills, and outdoor facilitation.

Course Schedule

Your course will begin with a mandatory pre-trip meeting on a weekday evening a few days before the field (camping) component of the course. 
Then, the field component of your FLT will be a camping trip that takes place over two days, including overnight. You should expect the entirety of both days to be dedicated to your FLT; due to the full days and limited downtime in the schedule, we are typically unable to accommodate participants with scheduling conflicts.

Course Gear

Your registration cost completely covers all the gear you'll need on your course. You will receive a packing list before your course, and you'll have a chance to check out anything you need from our extensive Gear Library at your pre-trip meeting before the course.


We offer a General Registration price and a Mission Registration price for our signature courses. Both of these prices are offered at a substantial discount from our costs to run the course, which helps us ensure wider financial accessibility for all, with special attention to educators working in settings that fit our mission.

BAWT Community

A key component of the BAWT course experience is spending time living and learning in community with other educators and youth workers who want to get youth outdoors. Each participant brings their own unique skills, knowledge, and experiences to enrich each other's learning process, and BAWT offers continued opportunities to be in community after your course ends.

Build your skills in our local parks

Past FLT course locations have included Tilden Regional Park, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Joseph D. Grant County Park, and more.

Sample Course Itinerary for Your FLT

Frontcountry Leadership Training (FLT) Overview

  • All gear provided
  •  All meals and snacks provided
  • Essential car camping skills
  • Includes access to our Gear Library items for hiking and car camping
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The pre-trip meeting is a mandatory weekday evening meeting to prepare for your course.

Location: BAWT Headquarters

Agenda: Meet your instructors, get to know fellow course participants, create community agreements, discuss carpool logistics and meal planning, overview the course agenda and learn about the gear you will use, begin training activities, check out gear to use for your course

Sample Schedule: 6:00pm-8:00pm

  • 6:00pm: Welcome, sign in, make a nametag, grab a light dinner and chat with course participants
  • 6:30pm: Overview the course schedule and make community agreements
  • 7:00pm: Tour the gear library and check out gear to use on your course
  • 7:30pm: Q&A to get prepared for your course, learn about course location, and make carpool arrangements
  • 8:00pm: Closing

On Day 1 you'll arrive at the course location to begin the field component of your FLT. The first day will be a full one, and your course will have participants with a range of skill levels and experience. You will get to know each other while building foundational car camping skills. Your instructors will make sure everyone can learn from each other and no one is left behind.

Sample Location: New Woodland Group Camp, Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley CA

Day 1 Content Overview: Campsite setup and safety, hiking basics, trail games, camp kitchen, risk management, navigation

Sample Schedule: Your day will be jam-packed with experiential education! The same schedule below has just a few ideas of what your Day 1 might look like on your course.

  • 7:00am:  Carpools head out bright and early!
  • 8:00am:  Unpack at the campsite, share breakfast and coffee
  • 8:30am: First lessons of the day!
  • 12:30pm:  Eat lunch, pack trail snacks and head out for a 2-3-mile easy/moderate hike with your instructors.
  • 3:00pm: Reflection and preparing evening activities in small groups
  • 6:00pm: C amp kitchen lessons and cook together
  • 9:00pm: Campfire program then head to bed!

On Day 2 you'll wake up at the campsite after a night under the stars. You'll learn more car camping and outdoor facilitation skills, continue to bond with your fellow course participants, and reflect together about what you've learned.

Sample Location: New Woodland Group Camp, Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley CA

Day 2 Content Overview: Campsite cleanup, resource overview, games, and graduation

Sample Schedule: Day 2 is another busy day! You'll have camp breakfast, tackle a few more lessons, learn how to break camp, and help with returning gear to BAWT in great condition.

  • 7:00am:  Wake up, breakfast, and coffee (of course)!
  • 9:00am: Organize all the activities needed to break camp in small leadership groups.
  • 11:00am: Skits and overview of further resources.
  • 1:00pm: Graduate!
  • 2:00pm: Leave campsite with carpools. Some participants come back to BAWT to help put gear away.

The learning doesn't stop when you pile your gear into the car to head out from the campsite. Your BAWT community is there to support you on each step of the way as you continue your journey in outdoor education!

Last Day of Course: You may be required to return to BAWT Headquarters with your fellow participants to clean, return, and put away course gear. We'll model some ways you can approach end-of-trip tasks with your youth when you return to your school site or organizational home base.

After Your Course:  As a freshly minted FLT graduate, you'll have access to our 9,000+ item outdoor gear library. After you make a myTurn account, BAWT staff will assign FLTmemberships to course graduates and you can start reserving gear for your next trip with youth! You'll have access to all the items you learned about on your course, such as:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Clothing and hiking boots
  • Hiking poles and day packs
  • Camp stoves and cooking gear
  • And more!