Lead an Outdoor Trip with Your Youth Group in 2015
Do you dream about taking your class or youth group on a hiking or camping trip? Make it happen this year! WTA will lend you free outdoor gear and provide trip funding. Get started by signing up for one of the 2015 Outdoor Leadership Training workshops.
Do you dream about taking your class or youth group on a hiking or camping trip? Make it happen this year!
WTA will lend you free outdoor gear and provide trip funding. Get started by signing up for one of the 2015 Outdoor Leadership Training workshops.
Connect young people to parks and public lands
Outdoor experiences are a powerful tool for positive youth development, and hiking and camping trips can be a great way to meet your youth group's goals outside of the classroom or community center. Imagine your science class sampling the water quality of a mountain stream, or your program participants bonding through the shared challenge of cooking a camp dinner.
It might seem like an overwhelming prospect with all the planning and logistics involved in leading a trip, but what if you had experienced outdoor leaders to help you build your skills, guide you through the planning process, lend you free gear and help pay for transportation or other trip costs?
WTA will help you plan and outfit your trip
WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program provides adult trip leaders with hiking and camping workshops, a gear lending library, mini-grants for trip costs, and assistance with the trip planning process. Plus, trip leaders join a supportive community of other adults helping youth connect with nature.
Join a 2015 hiking or camping workshop
To join the Outdoor Leadership Training community sign up for a workshop and join WTA staff for an experiential course on how to plan an lead a safe and fun outing with school-age youth.
During the workshop, WTA staff lead discussions on topics like route planning, trip preparation and risk management. The group demonstrates fun outdoor activities and everyone will get an opportunity to practice their leadership skills. Plus, participants get to meet teachers and staff from a wide range of schools and community-based organizations.
Registration is open for the upcoming 2015 workshops and gear library orientations.
- Hiking Workshops are offered monthly from January through May, with an additional workshop in October.
- Overnight Camping Workshops are offered in May, June and August.
Register today to start planning your trip and get access to the program resources. Space is limited and scholarships are available to cover the $20 Hiking Workshop fee or the $40 Camping Workshop Fee.