CORP - Outdoors Experience - Canceled - Hike and Trip Leader Training

  • Fri, June 02, 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Sun, June 04, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • O'Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA


  • This is for both sections
  • This is for morning session 8am to 12pm
  • This is for afternoon session 1pm to 5 pm
  • This is for hike/trip leaders to attend as a refresher.


    Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
    Trip Leader - Afternoon 4 hrs

    You may attend either one or both.

    Full Weekend Schedule:

    Friday June 2 

    2 pm Check in campground

    4 pm - Fun hike nearby. We will adjust the time if needed to accommodate those arriving on Friday and camping for the training. This is a welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate the Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

    6 pm Meet and Greet and dinner on your own or group selects a restaurant.

    Saturday June 3   Training class at the Administrative Building.

    ·        8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training

    ·        1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training

    Sunday June 4  8:30 am -10:30 - Training hike nearby where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.


    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, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

    Course Format: The training includes in-person instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.

    Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:

    Link to Training Resources: Click Here

    Printed manuals available at the training location at no cost to participants. Option to have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.

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    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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    Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

    What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring a day pack with your ten essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.

    Weather: O'Neill Regional Park click here

    Facilities:  We will be in the campground conference room with tables, chairs, projector, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite.

    Overnight accommodations:

    Camping at O'Neill Regional park, standard sites

    Motels located nearby.

    More information:

    Course Preparation: You are encouraged to review the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals ahead of time. 

    Link to Training Resources: Click Here

    Suggested Additional Reading and Video:
    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
    3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here

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