courses:

Outdoor Leadership Training

Upon course completion, you can receive free outdoor gear loans for your group.

Learn how to use wilderness as an extended learning space to open hearts and minds! Our unique Train-the-Trainer model provides teachers and youth workers with the confidence and skills needed to take youth on multi-day backpacking adventures, overnight car-camping trips and day hikes.

Course Offerings

Wilderness Leadership Training

5 DAYS BACKCOUNTRY OVERNIGHT

The WLT is an immersive backpacking course that delivers a comprehensive outdoor leadership experience and the tools needed to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures.

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Frontcountry Leadership Training

2 DAYS OVERNIGHT CAMPING

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

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Hiking Leadership Training

1 DAY HIKE

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

Snowshoe Leadership Training

1 DAY TRIP

1-day course for novice and experienced snowshoe enthusiasts provides the skills and equipment needed for taking youth out in the snow.

Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training (CAPLT)

2 DAYS OVERNIGHT CAMPING

2-day course at the Presidio’s Rob Hill Campground is a Crissy Field Center program, run in partnership with BAWT, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust and National Park Service.

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Wilderness First Aid

2 DAYS (not overnight)

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.

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Gain the confidence to lead

Learn by doing, our expert leaders will teach you the skills needed to lead successful outdoor outings for your youth

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Make lifelong friends

Meet other people working in your field, share ideas and experiences

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Give your group the experience of a lifetime

Experiencing nature is life-changing for youth. These are memories they will remember always. Let’s give every kid the chance to see the stars. 

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Get free or low cost gear

Finishing our trainings gives you access to our outdoor gear library, with clothing, backpacks, tents, shoes and equipment you’d need. 

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Become "part of the family"

A true community of peers and experts, there to support your program

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Become a part of the solution

Experiential learning to give context to environmental studies, team building and confidence and trust building exercises outside the classroom

EARN UNIVERSITY CREDIT

BAWT is pleased to bring you the opportunity to earn graduate-level university credit for completing our trainings. You may earn three graduate-level semester units for completion of BAWT outdoor leadership courses.  

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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