FRONTCOUNTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING

FLT is a 2-day entry-level “car camping” course that covers all the basic skills and resources teachers and youth leaders need to take youth safely and successfully on overnight camping trips and hikes. Upon course completion, you gain access to free outdoor gear loans at three Bay Area gear libraries for your group.

Everything included

Course materials, outdoor equipment, food, are all included in course price.

For all skill levels

No previous experience necessary. Learn by doing in a safe, friendly, entry-level setting with your peers. 

Realistic & Practical

Skills gained: basic camping skills, day hiking, tent and stove-set up, team building and more.

 

Things you will learn:

Course consists of a pre-trip meeting, gear orientation,
and a weekend of camping in the Bay Area. 

 

Camping Skills

  • Equipment use
  • clothing requirements
  • nutrition

Safety & Navigation

  • backpacking safety
  • following trail maps
  • risk management

Leadership

  • leadership styles
  • group dynamics
  • cultural relevancy through outdoor experiences

Benefits for completing training

Experiences in nature can be educational, healing, community building, empowering.

Gain access to gear library

Alumni may borrow backpacking gear, tents, boots, outdoorwear and more for cheap or free from the gear libraries.

Get Minigrants

Alumni are eligible to apply for $250 mini grants to support their first trip.

Earn University Credit

Teachers may earn three graduate-level semester units.

Who is it for? Anyone working with youth.  

Develop your personal outdoor leadership skills and
learn how to make outdoor experiences an integral part of your work.

Schools

  • Teachers
  • in-school aids
  • Principals

After School Programs

  • after school site-coordinators
  • after school line staff
  • coaches

 

Youth workers

  • directors of youth agencies
  • nonprofit organization youth leaders
  • anyone who works or volunteers with youth or works on behalf of youth

 

Two-tiered Pricing

Save when you meet our Mission.

Please check with your school administrator or nonprofit director to determine if your school or organization meet at least one of the criteria.
If you don’t know if your school meets these criteria you can run a report on the California Department of Education site here.

If you have questions about which registration type you qualify for please email programs@bawt.org or call 510-452-2298 extension 301

Limited resources? Find out more about our Summit Scholarship.

Upcoming course dates

SEPTEMBER – San Francisco

Dates: Saturday, September 14 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Location: Candlestick Point State Park, San Francisco
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation:  Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6 to 8pm at the

Literacy for Environmental Justice Office (1150 Carroll Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Free for anyone who works in Southeast San Francisco: Use LEJ Community ticket if this applies to you

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

SEPTEMBER – East Bay

Dates: Saturday, September 28 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019
Location: Tilden Regional Park – Berkeley, CA
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation:  Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6 to 8pm at the

Oakland BAWT Office (1050 E 8th St. Oakland, CA 94606)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 2 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

OCTOBER – South Bay

Dates: Saturday, October 12 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019
Location: Joseph D. Grant County Park, Mt. Hamilton
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 7 to 9pm at the South Bay BAWT Office (471 Valley Way, Building 1, Milpitas, CA 95035)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 2 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

MARCH – East Bay

Dates: Saturday, March 14 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, March 15, 2020
Location: East Bay Regional Park, TBD
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6 to 8pm at the Oakland BAWT Office (1050 E. 8th St. Oakland, CA 94606)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 2 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

APRIL – South Bay

Dates: Saturday, April 25 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, April 26, 2020
Location: Joseph D. Grant County Park, Mt. Hamilton
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 7 to 9pm at the South Bay BAWT Office (471 Valley Way, Building 1, Milpitas, CA 95035)
Registration Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 8 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

SEPTEMBER – East Bay

Dates: Saturday, September 26 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, September 27, 2020
Location: East Bay Regional Park, TBD
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6 to 8pm at the Oakland BAWT Office (1050 E. 8th St. Oakland, CA 94606)
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 2 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

OCTOBER – South Bay

Dates: Saturday, October 10 at 8am until 12pm on Sunday, October 11, 2020
Location: Joseph D. Grant County Park, Mt. Hamilton
Pre-trip meeting and Gear Orientation: Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 to 9pm at the South Bay BAWT Office (471 Valley Way, Building 1, Milpitas, CA 95035)
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
Santa Clara County Scholarships: 8 available

Partial Scholarships available through the summit scholarship program.

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High quality training and gear

Get high quality training and the gear you and your group need for a successful backpacking or camping trip.

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Social justice nonprofit

Our goal is to help create equitable access to the outdoors for youth of color and low income youth.

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Affordable training lowers barriers to access

Our courses create opportunities for leaders working with marginalized youth to gain access to the outdoors.  

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Access to one-of-a-kind gear library system

Get access to top notch outdoor gear, for you and your group, for free or low cost.

What Our Trained Leaders Say

“BAWT has been instrumental in helping me accomplish my goal of exposing youth to nature… On top of the wonderful experience of bonding, sharing, and laughing through thoughtful engaging activities, I learned that for years I had been doing things wrong (at least not the most organized, effective, and time saving way). My planning, preparation, and organizational skills increased two fold, minimally. The impact my new skills had on the next youth camping trip….priceless. I was so much more competent and confident. This relieved a huge amount of stress associated with the trip and made it far more enjoyable for staff and myself.”

Zotunde Morton

Youth Worker
Ujimaa Foundation

So excited to continue the growth of our club. This was our 5th completed trip this year, and I feel so grateful that it’s beginning to feel like a real institution and space respected in the school! Thank you BAWT, for your dedication to supporting all humans in experiencing the healing and power of Mother Earth. Excited to continue our partnership!

Mira Stern

Leadership High School
Exerpt from 2018 Wild Club Trip Reflection

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

I've never been camping? Can I take the FLT?

Yes, we will give you the skills you need to take  your youth out camping.  From using our equipment to tips on how to manage youth while camping, we have you covered!

Do I need to be fit? What kind of people take this course?

A wide array of folks take this course.  Whether you are sedentary, active, or very active, we will accomodate to the needs of the group.

Do I need to bring anything?

We will send you a packing list and what you don’t have, we can likely provide because that’s what we do!

What if I can't afford it?

We offer a two tiered pricing for all of our courses and if that is still out of budget, we have a few scholarships for each course.  Go ahead and apply!

What about first aid training?

Get your Wilderness First Aid training. Before you can lead backpacking trips you will also need to complete and keep current your Wilderness First Aid certification. You can take the course with us or with many other companies. Foster Calm, Ready SF, NOLS, Wilderness Medical Associates, and many more.

What if I want to lead a camping trip in the Presidio?

If you want to go camping in the Presidio, please check out the Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training.

What if I want to lead a trip to the snow?

If you want to borrow snowshoes, and to learn about snow safety, please sign up for our annual Snowshoe course.

What if I don't work for a school or organization?

Our courses are designed and reserved for youth workers.  If you work with a group of youth at any capacity, feel free to register for our courses!  If you would like to get involved in another way, check out our volunteer Gear Corps which happens every second Wednesday of the month!

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Wilderness Leadership Training

WLT is a 5-day immersive backpacking course and comprehensive outdoor leadership experience that gives teachers and youth workers the confidence and skills needed to take their groups on multi-day backpacking adventures.