News: Wilderness Leadership Training

The Wilderness Leadership Training (WLT) is a five day intensive entry-level backpacking course at the heart of BAWT’s programs. It is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain full access to our gear libraries.

The Wilderness Leadership Training consists of a pre-trip meeting and five days of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skills learned include: clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Role playing exercises are used to give participants a realistic backcountry leadership experience. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary.

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Upcoming Courses:

Spring Dates: TDB, June 2012
Location: Yosemite
Pre-trip meeting: TBD, June 2012, Oakland

Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Deadline: TBD

Fall Trip Dates: September 14 to September 18, 2011
Location: Tahoe National Forest
Pre-trip meeting: September 10, 2011, Oakland

Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Deadline: August 12th


Fees for the WLT are on a sliding scale. Please choose the appropriate registration fee by selecting your agency’s annual budget (total support and revenue for the past fiscal year.) Please note: training costs for one individual are waived for organizations in exchange for the use of a 15-person passenger van.

  1. $199,999 and under — $150
  2. $200,000-$999,999 — $250
  3. $1,000,000+ — $400
  4. Unaffiliated Individual — $700

If financial constraints prohibit you from signing up for the WLT, please consider applying for the full tuition Amy Chamberlain Scholarship Fund. For more information please contact us at