Trip Number: 12993A
Staff: Sascha Paris
- Friday, August 24. Check-in begins as early as 3 p.m and dinner is at
6 p.m. Opening program is at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
- Sunday, August 26, with lunch (around 12:00 p.m.)
- $50 -- Includes meals (Fri. dinner - Sun. lunch) and
bunk-style cabin lodging for Fri-Sat. An optional
Basic First Aid class (for 10) will be run on Sunday afternoon for
an additional $15.
- Note: Sierra Club membership is not
a requirement to attend this training!
This workshop is designed to welcome new (and seasoned) Sierra Club leaders
who want to connect people to the outdoors. The workshop will have a focus on
training members of the military and veterans communities as well as the general
public. This training will benefit those interested in:
- Leading all types and lengths of outings: simple day-hikes, paddles or
camping trips all the way to multi-day backpacking or paddling expeditions,
lodge-based trekking, international travel and more.
- Leading different groups of people: military and/or veteran community
members, family and friends, youth and young adults, local community members,
newcomers to the outdoors or even participants from around the world.
- Leading within a specific program such as Local Outings (trips in an around
your local community), Inner City Outings (outreach program to connect urban
youth and adults to the outdoors) and National/International Outings (the
multi-day trips as seen in Sierra magazine).
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:
- Plan safe and successful multi-day outings.
- Enhance your competence and confidence in leading groups.
- Enhance your competence and confidence in achieving good group behavior.
- Inspire your participants to continue exploring and protecting the wild
places that they visit.
This workshop is designed to focus more on the interpersonal skills
associated with outdoor leadership. These "softer" skills are vital to being a
successful leader. These skills include learning how to manage your group, how
to create a positive group dynamic, and how to practice a safety-based planning
and delivery of your outing. Every participant should come back "Safe, Happy,
- Most of the sessions pertain to the interpersonal or "soft" skills of
being a leader. These include Interpersonal Leadership Skills and Group
- Other topics include Mission Outdoors, Trip Planning, Outings Nuts and
Bolts, First Aid Kits, Leave No Trace and an Emergency Response Scenario.
- You will be given a participant binder that contains detailed information
relating to each session that is taught.
- The agenda for the workshop is very full. We will have breaks between
sessions and a longer break Saturday afternoon before dinner.
- A few sessions will be conducted in a large group while most others will
be conducted in more intimate, interactive small-groups.
- This workshop will fulfill the Sierra Club's OLT 101 and OLT 201
- You will be asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the training
||Check In Begins
||Dinner & Ongoing Check In
||Welcome & Group Activity
||Social Time (optional)
||Mission Outdoors - Reconnecting America with
||Trip Planning & Pre-Trip Screening
||Interpersonal Leadership Skills
||Interpersonal Leadership Skills & Group
||Mission Outdoors (continued)
||Pack & begin clean-up
||Emergencies & Evacuations
||Leave No Trace
||Outings Nuts and Bolts
||Optional Basic First Aid
First Aid: We will be offering an
optional Basic First Aid course on Sunday
afternoon. The first aid course fee is $15
and covers materials and certification card.
The $15 registration fee will need to be
paid at the Sunday first aid training. This
four hour class will be taught by an
American Safety and Health Institute
instructor and at the end of the course
students will receive an ASHI Basic First
Aid card. This course will not renew a
Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First
This course fulfills the Sierra Club minimum first aid requirement. Make sure
to check with your Outings Chair of your local group, chapter or National
Outings subcommittee to make sure that they don't have a higher first aid
requirement such as Wilderness First Aid.
Registration through the OATP is required. No drop-ins are allowed.
- Online -
Sign me up now! (credit card required)
Please note: Online registration uses the
National Outings reservation system. Once registered, you're confirmed.
On step one (if not a member), click "Not a Member" and on step two
enter your contact information.
On step seven, please disregard the pending participant approval and
the National Outings cancellation policy.
- Note: Sierra Club membership is not a
requirement to attend this training!
- Phone - Call 415-977-5522 (8:30-5, PST, M-F). Please have your credit card
- Fax - Credit card payments only to: 415-977-5795.
- Mail - By check, money order, or completed credit card information to:
Sierra Club Outings - Training
85 Second Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Cancellation Policy: In the event that you cannot attend, we
can only give a refund if you cancel more than one week prior to the event
(for trainings less then $100).
After You've Registered:
- You will be sent a confirmation letter and workshop overview packet
immediately after registering.
- You will be asked to fill out an on-line questionnaire.
- If you haven't already taken (or renewed) OLT 101, you should complete
this prior to this training event. Your weekend training experience will
benefit greatly from it, especially if you are a new leader. You can
complete OLT 101 in several different ways:
- Reading the Outings Leader Handbook (one will be sent to you upon workshop
- Completing the
OLT 101 web-based training. (If you don't already have a login/password,
you can simply request one.)
- Approximately ten days prior to the workshop you will be sent final
details including driving directions, a ride share list, and a packing list.
The Learning Center has three lodges for housing participants. Each lodge has
shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers. The bedrooms have four twin beds
per room, configured bunk-style with sheets, blankets, and towels. Bedrooms also
include wireless Internet, Ethernet ports, one or two writing desks and two
built-in wardrobes. We do not issue keys to the rooms; each room has two small
lock boxes for valuable items. A padlock can be provided at the front desk for
any guests that do not bring their own.
Directions to the Facility:
(These directions and map are supplied by the facility. The OATP/Sierra Club
does not take responsibility for their accuracy. Please consult a map and/or
multiple web map tools beforehand - do not rely solely on google maps or
Google Maps will recognize: “North Cascades Environmental Learning Center” as
a searchable location.
From the West/Northwest: (Bellingham and north) From southbound I-5,
take exit 232 (Cook Rd). Travel east on Cook Rd for approximately 5 miles. At
the intersection of Cook Rd and State Route 20 (a.k.a. North Cascades Highway),
turn left onto State Route 20.
From the West: (Burlington and south) From northbound I-5, take exit
230 in Burlington for State Route 20 (a.k.a. North Cascades Highway).
Travel east on State Route 20 through Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, Marblemount and
Newha-lem. Stay right on State Route 20 when you see the sign for Diablo; the
Learning Center is not located in town. At mile mark 127.5, turn left onto
Diablo Dam Road and follow it over the dam. Please drive carefully, as this road
is narrow and winding down to and across the dam. Immediately past the dam, take
a right and proceed approximately 1/2 mile. The Learning Center parking lot will
be clearly marked on your right. You are welcome to drive up to the office in
order to check in and unload prior to parking your vehicle in the Learning
Center parking lot. Driving time from I-5 is approximately 1-3/4 hours with a
distance of 68 miles.
From the South: (Seattle) Travel northbound I-5 to Arlington
(exit 208). Turn right at top of ramp and follow Hwy 530 northeast through
Darrington and on to Rockport where you will connect to eastbound Hwy 20.
Continue on through Marblemount and Newhalem. Stay right on State Route 20 when
you see the sign for Diablo; the Learning Center is not located in town. At mile
mark 127.5, turn left onto Diablo Dam Road and follow it over the dam. Please
drive carefully, as this road is narrow and winding down to and across the dam.
Im-mediately past the dam, take a right and proceed approximately 1/2 mile. The
Learning Center parking lot will be clearly marked on your right. You are
welcome to drive up to the office in order to check in and unload prior to
parking your vehicle in the Learning Center parking lot.
From the East: From Central Washington (Highway 2) travel north
on Highway 97 to Pa-teros. Continue north on Highway 153 until connecting with
Highway 20 at Twisp. Continue on through Winthrop, Mazama and over Washington
and Rainy passes toward Newhalem. As you pass Diablo Lake in North Cascades
National Park, look for a right turn on Diablo Dam Road (approx. mile mark
127.5). From here, follow the directions described above. Driving time from
Mazama is approximately 1 hour.
What To Bring
- Clothing for a range of weather, including sunscreen, hat and raingear -
one workshop ses-sion will be held outside regardless of weather.
- Toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Camp chair or lawn chair -- You'll be much more comfortable if you
provide your own seat-ing for the sessions. Otherwise expect to sit on
standard "camp" chairs.
- Cup or insulated mug for hot drinks and a water bottle.
- Flashlight or headlamp.
- Watch or alarm clock for waking up and keeping to the schedule.
- Writing utensils - you will be provided with a workshop binder.
- Personal toiletries, towel, and shower shoes.
- Cash or checks - We will be selling the Outings Banners for $30.
- If you have any outings leader related materials to give out or display
on either our Resource Table or Reference Table, please bring them.
- Calling card to call home (cell phones do not receive service) Numbers
with a “206” area code are local calls from the Learning Center and do not
require a calling card.