FRONTCOUNTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING
FLT is a 2-day entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources teachers and youth leaders need to take youth safely and successfully on overnight camping trips and hikes. Upon course completion, you gain access to free outdoor gear loans at three Bay Area gear libraries for your group.
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:
Course consists of a pre-trip meeting, gear orientation,
and a weekend of camping in the Bay Area.
- Equipment use
- clothing requirements
Safety & Navigation
- backpacking safety
- following trail maps
- risk management
- leadership styles
- group dynamics
- cultural relevancy through outdoor experiences
Benefits for completing training
Experiences in nature can be educational, healing, community building, empowering.
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.
- in-school aids
After School Programs
- after school site-coordinators
- after school line staff
- directors of youth agencies
- nonprofit organization youth leaders
- anyone who works or volunteers with youth or works on behalf of youth
Save when you meet our Mission.
More than 80% of the youth attending the school or served by the organization identify as youth of color
More than 40% of the youth attending the school or served by the organization qualify for free or reduced lunch programs
Does not meet criteria:
- Less than 80% of the youth attending the school or served by the organization identify as youth of color
- Less than 40% of the youth attending the school or served by the organization qualify for free or reduced lunch programs
Please check with your school administrator or nonprofit director to determine if your school or organization meet at least one of the criteria.
If you don’t know if your school meets these criteria you can run a report on the California Department of Education site here.
Limited resources? Find out more about our Summit Scholarship.
Upcoming course dates
SEPTEMBER – East Bay
Dates: Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, one hour of pre-trip videos to watch.
Location: East Bay Regional Park, TBD
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 pm virtually over Zoom.
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020
OCTOBER – South Bay
Dates: Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, with one hour of pre-trip videos to watch.
Location: Joseph D. Grant County Park, Mt. Hamilton
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 pm virtually over Zoom.
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
High quality training and gear
Get high quality training and the gear you and your group need for a successful backpacking or camping trip.
Social justice nonprofit
Our goal is to help create equitable access to the outdoors for youth of color and low income youth.
Affordable training lowers barriers to access
Our courses create opportunities for leaders working with marginalized youth to gain access to the outdoors.
Access to one-of-a-kind gear library system
Get access to top notch outdoor gear, for you and your group, for free or low cost.
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.”
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!
Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection
youth served in 2018
youth trips in 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions
I've never been camping? Can I take the FLT?
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?
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.
What if I want to lead a camping trip in the Presidio?
If you want to go camping in the Presidio, please check out the Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training.
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!
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.
Wilderness Leadership Training
WLT is a 5-day immersive backpacking course and comprehensive outdoor leadership experience that gives teachers and youth workers the confidence and skills needed to take their groups on multi-day backpacking adventures.