CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training

  • Sat, February 26, 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • The Center 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • This is for both days.
  • This is for Hike Leader. Day 1
  • This is for Day 2 only- Trip Leader
  • This is for hike/trip leaders who have prior certification and would like to attend as a refresher.
    You may purchase a hike leader manual for $15.
    Space limited. Priority space reserved for new participants.


Not open for registration- still under review and consideration.

Location: The LGBTQ Center OC 

Morning - Hike Leader 
Afternoon - Trip Leader  

    You may attend either one or both.


    Sat., February 26, 2022 8am - 12 pm

    Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

    Hike Leader Syllabus

    Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

    This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

    Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

    Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, practical problem solving on a class group hike exercise.

    Course Format: The training includes classroom instruction with hands on applications and trail-based scenarios.

    Pre-Course Assignment: Prepare a hike leader’s backpack for a day hike. Come prepared to share your chosen items. Review training manuals.

    Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

    Resources Required by ParticipantLunch, water, paper, pen, a leader’s backpack ready for leading a day hike. Bring mug for hot drinks. 

    Materials Provided: Course manuals and handouts.

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    Saturday February 26, 2022 1pm - 5 pm

    One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

    Course Outline:

    • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

    • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

    • Finances and budget.

    • Create a trip description and promotion.

    • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

    • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

    • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

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    Location: The LGBTQ Center OC  Map click here

    Arrive early to ensure a parking space. Limited spaces.

    Schedule: Start at 1:00pm and go to 5pm.  Bring a mug for hot drinks.

    What to bring:  Mug for hot drinks. 

    Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. You will be provided a copy of the manuals, along with additional documents and information contained in a notebook binder when you arrive. 

    If you are attending as a refresher course, you have the option to purchase the Training Manual when you register or we can invoice you.

    No refunds after February 19 unless filled by waitlist.


    Suggested Reading:

    1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
    2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE.  Submit proof of vaccination to: or text to: 760-902-1850

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