Outdoor Experience Training

    • Fri, February 23, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sun, February 25, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • O'Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA


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

      Event Management WA evening 2 hr.

      You may attend one, two or all three of the training sessions.

      Option to camp for the weekend or just come in for the day.

      The training is open to all interested members, including novice hikers, but even those of us who have been hiking for many years come away with new skills or insights.

      Some more great things about the training:

      •  Registration is free.
      •  The information about emergency response could save your life.
      •  The discussion of leadership and people skills has applications beyond the hiking trail.
      •  The certification allows you to lead other day trips you may be interested in, such as bike rides or museum visits. (Anything that broadens our awareness of our environment is a valid outing.)
      The next scheduled training is the last weekend of February at O’Neill Regional Park in Orange County near Rancho Santa Margarita. Participants can enjoy hiking, dining, and camping together around the full day of training in the park’s administrative building conference room. The hike leader training is on a Saturday morning, and is followed by training on leading overnight trips and using our online event management system.

      Friday Feb 23

      2 pm Check-in campground: Group Sites Sycamore Flats A & B. Tell the attendant you are with Great Outdoors Group Camp to get car pass

      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 and training hike for attendees.  We will discuss and demonstrate the Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  Sunset at 5:42 pm.

      6 pm -- Meet and Greet at campground; Bring something to share. Dinner on your own.

      Saturday Feb 24 - Training class at the Administrative Building Conference Room next to campground. 

      • 8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training    -Conference Room
      • 1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training
      • 5:30 pm  Potluck at campground
      • 6:30 pm - 8 pm Event Manager

      Sunday Feb 25

      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 hike 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 qualifications of a hike leader. 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: Average: February 65° / 46° O'Neill Regional Park: current: 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 group site Sycamore A & B 

      Motels located nearby: Rancho Santa Margarita

      More information:

      Course Preparation: You are encouraged to review the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals and material at the following link 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 GuideMark Harvey
      3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club 15 min. video click here

      Print and complete the following review questions and bring them with you:

      HIKE LEADER REVIEW QUESTIONS with Page Ref 2022.08.05.pdf.

      TRIP LEADER REVIEW QUESTIONS with Page Ref 2022.08.05.pdf

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      • Tue, March 05, 2024
      • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Cathedral City Library 33520 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City
      • 38

      Hiking is one of the most rewarding  ways to experience the outdoors, but it can be intimidating to start, as there aren’t a lot of amenities once you get on the trail. If you’re feeling that tug to get outside and try hiking, but you’re feeling uneasy, join this short seminar to learn the basics and build your confidence. You’ll learn what to pack in your bag, how to dress, and how to begin interpreting maps and choosing trails. We’ll give you the tools you’ll need to prepare and stay safe while out on the trail.

      1:30 pm Meet at Cathedral City Library meeting room

      Meet some of our hike leaders and representatives from local organizations:

      Great Outdoors, The Sierra Club, Oswit Land Trust, Friends of Desert Mountains

      We’ll begin by going over what you’ll want to bring with you on a hike, the kinds of clothing you’ll want to wear and pack for different conditions and locations, and how to choose the right trails for your abilities.

      • How can I tell if a hike is for me?
      • What shape do I need to be in? 
      • What clothing and gear do I need?
      • What happens on the hike?
      • What should I do to have a safe and pleasurable hiking experience? 
      • Where are some good hikes?

      Contact :  Scott C. email click here

      Sierra Club 

      Oswit Land Trust 

      Friends of the Desert Mountains 

      Great Outdoors 

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    Past Trainings

    Sat, January 27, 2024 PS -Training: First Aid/CPR/AED
    Sun, December 31, 2023 GOCORP- Hike Leader Manual
    Wed, December 13, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/13
    Fri, October 20, 2023 PS/CORP - 45th All Chapter Campout and Conference - Lake Perris
    Fri, June 02, 2023 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Canceled - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sun, February 26, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Sun, February 26, 2023 PS - Training: First Aid CPR/AED
    Thu, December 22, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Sat, November 12, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Wed, November 02, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Wed, April 21, 2021 PS - Hike Willow Hole
    Tue, April 13, 2021 PS - Hike Leader Update meeting
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
    Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
    Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
    Sat, April 06, 2019 PS - Camping 101

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