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Pertaining in some way to developing skills for leading chapter trips and becoming an approved leader.

The Women of Paddling

The Women of Paddling

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

The Berkshire chapter is blessed to have many strong female leaders within its volunteer ranks. This year, two of our officers are women (our vice chair and our treasurer), and women lead our Bicycling, Outings, and Paddling committees. In fact, the chapter’s paddling operation has recently been revitalized thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of three amazing women: Mary Therese Durr, Bonna Wieler, and Dee Dice.

CANCELED: WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING

Effective 3/12/2020 the WFA training course is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay safe and follow all guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

CANCELED: BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Effective 3/12/2020 the Berkshire Chapter Leadership training course is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay safe and follow all guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

Lessons Learned from a Hiking Incident

We recently received a hiking incident report from a leader in the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the AMC. The report describes an injury that occurred on a recent hike, what happened after that injury, and the essential equipment that the hike leaders and hikers did and did not have to help them through the subsequent hours spent on the trail awaiting a rescue. Below we include the original report (names have been elided). Following the report, we offer comments including a list of 10 essentials that each hiker should carry on every hike.

Trip Leader Resource: Using MeetUp to Advertise Your Trips

This page explains why and how approved AMC trip leaders may use MeetUp to advertise their trips.

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.

Frequently Used Forms

This page lists several forms that are most frequently used by our volunteer leaders.

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) 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 Chapters Leadership 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 and management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene control, leader awareness, and decision-making. Fee of $40 includes 2-day training and materials. Overnight lodging available for $20/night. Advance payment requested. Existing leaders attend at no charge.

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