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Outing Leadership Training Workshop for Military, Veteran and Civilian Community Members - Diablo, WA

August 24-26, 2012

Versailles State Park, Versailles, Indiana

Trip Number: 12993A
Price: $50
Capacity: 50
Staff: Sascha Paris

Location:

Starts:

  • 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.

Ends:

  • Sunday, August 26, with lunch (around 12:00 p.m.)

Cost:

  • $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!

Workshop Goals

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, and Inspired."

  • Most of the sessions pertain to the interpersonal or "soft" skills of being a leader. These include Interpersonal Leadership Skills and Group Management.
  • 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 requirements.
  • You will be asked to fill out an evaluation at the end of the training event.

Tentative Agenda

Friday  
3:00 pm: Check In Begins
6:00 pm: Dinner & Ongoing Check In
7:30 pm: Welcome & Group Activity
9:00 pm: Social Time (optional)
   
Saturday  
7:30 am:  Breakfast
8:30 am:    Mission Outdoors - Reconnecting America with the Outdoors
  Trip Planning & Pre-Trip Screening
  Interpersonal Leadership Skills
12:30 pm:  Lunch
  Interpersonal Leadership Skills & Group Management
4:00 pm: Break
6:00 pm:  Dinner
7:30 pm:  Mission Outdoors (continued)
   
Sunday  
7:30 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Pack & begin clean-up
9:00 am: Emergencies & Evacuations
10:30 am: Leave No Trace
11:15 am:   Outings Nuts and Bolts
12:00 pm: Workshop Close
1:00-5:00 pm: Optional Basic First Aid

Basic 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 Responder certification.

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 Information

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 information ready.
  • 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 registration!)
    • 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.

Accommodations

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 mapquest.)

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.


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