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:
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.
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.
DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I
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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TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II
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.
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.
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.
Camping at O'Neill Regional park group site Sycamore A & B
Motels located nearby: Rancho Santa Margarita
Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Lance Whitmier, OCLB President: email click here
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
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
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.
Contact : Scott C. email click here
Oswit Land Trust
Friends of the Desert Mountains