Adult and Youth Volunteer Leadership
Do you want to help teach hiking and backpacking courses? We welcome adult and youth assistant leaders who want to learn more about this great leadership opportunity.
Are you a qualified council backpack and wilderness hiking trainers? You're invited to join our team of dedicated volunteers.
As an adult or youth volunteer, you'll benefit from teaching others while upholding the high standards of our program. You'll share your knowledge and passion for the outdoors. And, adult assistants may continue with the program and more training to and become qualified council trainers.
Adult and youth assistants offer teaching support to council trainers, serve as role models to training participants and give participants additional one-on-one attention. Assistants must have completed Girl Scouts' Basic Backpacking training to help lead Wilderness Hiking or Basic Backpacking. They work alongside a qualified council trainer.
Youth or adults trained in backpacking from other sources (for example Camp Winacka resident camp or Boy Scouts) should contact Gabby Coburn, Program Specialist, to learn whether their training fits this program and what options are available.
Council trainers prepare troop leaders to lead their own backpacking trips.
To be a Wilderness Hiking trainer, an adult must first:
- complete Beginning Backpacking
- obtain current First Aid and CPR certification
- assist at a Wilderness Hiking training
- lead a Wilderness Hiking class with the help of a council trainer
To be a Basic Backpacking trainer, an adult must first:
- complete Advanced Backpacking
- obtain current CPR and Level II First Aid certification
- assist at a Basic Backpack training
- lead a Basic Backpacking training and trip with the help of a council trainer
Contact Gabby Coburn, Program Specialist
, for information on becoming a council trainer.
Leading your own troop
To lead your own troop backpack trips, you must have completed Basic Backpack training. Advanced Backpack training is highly recommended. You must also have the appropriate First Aid training.