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Learning & Training

Pertaining in some way to skills/knowledge development, qualifications, certification, etc.

Requirements & Guidelines

This page enumerates variouis requirements and guidelines for AMC trips and volunteer trip leaders.

Become A Trip Leader

We encourage chapter members to consider becoming qualified volunteer trip leaders.

Each activity committee sets its own activity-specific leadership training requirements. This is to make sure that leaders are qualified and prepared for possible problems that are unique to the activity. For example, bicycling trip leaders need to know how to deal with mechanical issues that may occur on the road, climbing leaders need to understand rope handling, paddling leaders need to know how to deal with various river conditions. These requirements are pretty flexible and reasonable, however. We'll do a lot to help you meet them and get any training you might need or want.

For Trip Leaders

Our volunteer leaders are the lifeblood of the chapter. (We're including leaders of hiking/paddling/climbing/etc. trips, trail maintenance work parties, social events, and all the other things we do when we say this.) If you're an active leader, well, *thanks!* If you're not, please consider becoming one and sharing your skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm with others.

BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER LEADER TRAINING

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, and decision-making.

Location: Nature's Classroom, 73 Pumpkin Lane, Charlton MA

Cost: Adult: $60 member / $65 non-member; Youth: $60 member / $65 non-member. Cost includes all training materials, course instructions, meals and overnight accommodations.

Date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Young Members (20s/30s)

young members

AMC’s Berkshire Chapter of Western Mass invites people in their 20s & 30s as well as the young-at-heart to attend our Young Members (20s & 30s) activities.

3rd Annual Outdoor Festival a Big Success!

Jan Alicia Nettler receives AMC Volunteer Award

The Berkshire Chapter's annual Outdoor Festival at Noble View on Saturday, September 15, was a great success, with more than 150 attending.

Highlights of the event included:

3rd Annual Outdoor Festival

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Join chapter members of all ages for a celebration of all things outdoors: guided hikes, nature walks, camping skills workshops, music throughout the day, child-friendly activities, and a climbing wall! This free event includes a BBQ lunch and will be held at Noble View, an amazing and popular 358-acre facility that has been connected to our chapter since 1930.

Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am

Young Members (20s/30s) Leadership Training Weekend

Take the first step to becoming an outdoor trip leader for your local AMC Chapter! Brush up on your outdoor leadership skills and connect with other outdoor enthusiasts in their 20s & 30s. Topics of the training course will include group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, and decision-making. Register by September 7th. Click here to learn more.

Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00pm

BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER TRAINING

Date and Time

Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:00AM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 6:00PM

Location

128 Norwich Lake, Huntington,
Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley,
MA

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.

Deb Herlihy 
508-380-1193 
(best time to call: Before 9PM) 
leadership@amcworcester.org 

Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

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