SNOWSHOE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
This one-day experiential course based in Tahoe National Forest teaches you the skills you’ll need to take kids out in the snow through the accessible and inexpensive activity of snowshoeing. Topics covered will include snow safety, proper equipment, and trip planning logistics. Upon your return, you’ll be qualified to rent or borrow snowshoes, snow clothing layers, and winter boots from all three of our gear libraries.
Course materials, outdoor equipment, and snacks are all included in course price.
For all skill levels
Realistic & Practical
Snowshoeing is an inexpensive and easy way for youth to experience snow for the first time!
What you will learn:
Course consists of a pre-trip meeting, gear orientation,
and a one-day course in Tahoe National Forest.
- equipment use
- clothing requirements
- staying warm
Safety & Navigation
- snow safety
- map reading and navigation
- 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.
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.
Note that due to risks associated with COVID-19, the Snowshoe Leadership Course is postponed until the 2021-2022 winter season.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I've never been snowshoeing. Can I take the Snowshoe course?
Yes! We will give you the skills you need to take your youth out snowshoeing. From using our equipment to tips on how to manage youth while in the snow, 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.
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 camping trip?
If you want to take youth camping or backpacking, please sign up for our Frontcountry Leadership Course or Wilderness Leadership 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!
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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.”
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