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Appalachian Mountain Club Announces Outdoor Leadership and Hiking Skills Train the Trainer Sessions

August 1, 2017

As America’s oldest conservation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has a rich history of offering high quality volunteer led outdoor leadership trainings and outings. Volunteer leaders providing positive experiences in the outdoors, for members and non-members alike, have been a fundamental means to grow AMC’s  membership and to support the club’s mission: to promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Northeast.

In furtherance of these goals, the AMC’s Leadership Training Department and volunteer led Outdoor Leadership Development Committee (OLDC) is excited to announce two new training opportunities for active and aspiring chapter volunteer leaders and facilitators in the fall of 2017.

These trainings will leverage newly crafted comprehensive outdoor leadership and hiking skills curriculum resources and will be facilitated by experienced chapter leaders and AMC Staff. The ultimate goal of these offerings is to increase the volume, quality and internal alignment of close to home trainings offered by experienced AMC volunteer facilitators.

The Hiking Skills Train the Trainer (T3), scheduled for September 15-17 at the Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center, will focus on preparing facilitators to deliver hiking skills focused workshops.  Programs can be customized by facilitators to create a framework that is most effective for each individual AMC chapter’s unique needs and training structures. Participants in this T3 workshop will receive access to curriculum resources, presentation materials and a text to prepare them to offer sessions in their local region and make it easier for constituents with an interest in increasing their skills and confidence in the outdoors to engage with AMC.

The Leadership Skills Train the Trainer (T3), scheduled for October 20-22, at the Prindle Pond Conference Center has been crafted to support  active or aspiring  AMC Chapter Leadership Training facilitators interested in bolstering their event organization and facilitation skills using AMC’s new Leadership Track curriculum package. Ultimately, this effort is focused on increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer led outings across AMC’s region via an emphasis on improving and aligning AMC volunteer trainings across the organization.

Enrollment for both T3 sessions is currently open and questions can be directed to leadership@outdoors.org. To sign up, contact AMC’s Reservations Department at (603)466-2727.

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Aaron Gorban

Aaron Gorban is AMC's Director of Risk Management & Leadership Training.