Adult Leader Training

Our training courses are designed to help prepare the new Trek Leader for taking scouts into the wilderness and provide updated information for the veteran Trek Leader. Basic Backpacking classroom training is followed with a day hike to provide field experience with map and compass and a weekend overnight hike to let you experience what you've been told about. This training is offered twice a year, the first weekend of March and the last weekend of September. Winter Backpack training is put on in January.

We offer three courses

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Basic Backpacking

9/24/21 - 9/26/21

(+1 overnight weekend)

Do you enjoy backpacking?  Maybe you have never been backpacking, but want to get started?  Taking Scouts into the great outdoors is fun, exciting, and is a great developmental tool for youth.  Whatever your level of backpacking experience, from none to expert, this course will provide you with important information to get started guiding Scouts on a backpacking trek.  Come join your fellow Scouters in the fun!

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Desert Backpacking

9/25/21

(+1 overnight weekend)

Have you always wanted to take your Scouts backpacking in late winter and early spring but don't know where to go? Exciting possibilities exist in the deserts of California, Arizona, and Utah. Try the Boy Scout Trail or Camelback Trek in Joshua Tree National Park, Kelso Dunes in the Mojave National Preserve, Surprise Canyon or Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park, to name a few. The slot canyons of northern Arizona and southern Utah beckon adventurous Scouts and Scouters over Easter/Spring Break.

Prerequisite: Basic Backpacking Course (taught spring and fall)

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Winter is a special beast.  Learn the skills needed to keep your scouts safe and yourself confident in the snowballed mountains

Prerequisite: Basic Backpacking Course (taught spring and fall)

Basic Backpacking

This course is in several parts:

Part 1 - Zoom Orientation from home 

September 24, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Part 2 – Outdoor Classroom Training 

September 25, 8 am - 4 pm 

 

Outdoor classroom training will be conducted at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, 2 Irvine Park Road, Irvine, CA 92869,

Content consists of demonstrations and equipment round robins covering backpacks, tents, clothing, footwear, sleeping systems, stoves and cook gear, wilderness electronics, backpack cooking and food, water treatment, map and compass, critter encounters and food protection, planning a backpack with Scouts including adult leadership, and implementing “High Adventure” into your unit.

Part 3 – Day Hike with Instructors

September 26, 7 am - 3 pm

The day hike will include map and compass fieldwork. 

Part 4 – Weekend Overnighter with Instructors

Weekend TBD; dates will be set by Aug 1, 2021

 

Practical application of skills taught in class​

 

Desert Backpacking

This course is in several parts:

Part 1 – Outdoor Classroom Training 

September 24, 8 am - noon 

 

Outdoor classroom training will be conducted at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, 2 Irvine Park Road, Irvine, CA 92869,

 

This course builds upon the principles and skills taught in the Basic Backpacking Course which is a prerequisite.

 

Covered in the 4 hours of classroom are seasonal considerations, how to choose your desert trails considering Scouts, what to wear trekking the desert, water availability and management, packing lightly but safely, and hazards specific to the desert such as day time radiation and night time cold, flash floods and sharp things like scorpions, cacti and rattlers.

Part 2 – Weekend Overnighter with Instructors

October 9-10, 2021, Boy Scout Trail Joshua Tree National Park

Practical application of skills taught in class​

 

Winter Backpacking

The course is organized around two components:

 

1.  Classroom session focused on deep content (Saturday)

2.  Overnight backpacking trek with fellow classmates & a HAT Instructor

Syllabus

Weather
Mountaineering Safety
Clothing
Basic Equipment
Travel in Snow Country
Special Equipment
Survival
Planning
Leadership
Care & Use of Cars
HAT Awards
 

Important Forms Required for all Classes

Must Complete the Following:

Medical Form ABC

Additional Attachments

February 2021 Detailed Flier

Health and Safety Guidelines