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Leader Training, Reimbursements and Scholarships

AMC Berkshire Chapter wants to encourage leaders, so we are offering the basic training and WFA free of charge, and heavy discounts on advanced training - see details below. The next basic Leadership Training will be October 2014. Stay tuned for details.

September 22, 2013
A.M.C. BERKSHIRE CHAPTER
Training & Education Subsidy & Scholarship Guidelines

The AMC Berkshire Chapter is offering subsidies for Outdoor Leadership Training and SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses. The subsidy will cover the entire cost to attend any SOLO WFA course. The requirements are as stated below.
Leadership Training Subsidy, currently $40.00
Requirements:
1. Must have successfully completed a Berkshire/Worchester Chapter sponsored Leadership Training Course.
2. Must be an active leader or have completed a minimum of two (2) co-leads with the appropriate committee
3. Have been approved by relevant Committee Chair and Training & Education Chair as an approved leader.
4. Must submit request for subsidy in writing to the Training & Education Chair.
5. Once approved, subsidy funds will be disbursed after the course has been successfully completed by the applicant.

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Subsidy, currently $150.00
Requirements:
1. Must have successfully completed a SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course.
2. Must be an active leader or completed a minimum of two co-leads for the Berkshire Chapter.
3. Have been approved by relevant Committee Chair and Training & Education Chair as an approved leader.
4. Must submit written request for subsidy to the Training and Education Committee Chair.
5. Once approved, subsidy funds will be disbursed after the course has been successfully completed by the applicant.

Advanced Level Training:
SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Mountain Leadership School (MLS)
Other Activity Specific Training

The AMC Berkshire Chapter is offering scholarships for Advanced Training purposes. The amount given will be determined by the cost of the advanced training and the budget for the training and education committee.
Requirements:
Advanced Training Scholarship Requirements
1. Must have been an active Leader of the Berkshire Chapter for a minimum of 1 year.
2. Must submit written request for Advanced Training Scholarship to Training & Education Committee for review and submission to Executive Committee.
3. Training should be based on and used for activities that the leader wishes to become qualified to lead.
4. Application for scholarship must be submitted at least one month prior to date of training.
5. Once approved, Scholarship funds will be disbursed after the course has been successfully completed by applicant.

Example of process to obtain Advanced Training Scholarship
A. Leader wants to take Advanced Training.
B. Submit course description/dates/costs to Training & Education Committee Chair for review and submission to Executive Committee.
C. Training & Education Chair presents request to Executive Committee at next Executive Committee meeting for vote.
D. Training & Education Chair advises Leader of outcome of scholarship request.
E. Leader completes the advanced training.
F. Leader is reimbursed for their advanced training.

Since the details are specific to each kind of activity, we recommend that you contact the chairperson of a particular committee whose trips interest you: Outings, Paddling (a.k.a. Canoe & Kayak), Mountaineering, Young Members, Noble View, Appalachian Trail, M-M Trail (a.k.a. "Trails"), Conservation, etc. You can find contact information for all committee chairs (and other useful people) on the Executive Committee roster. Find an appropriate-sounding position, and call or email the person indicated. Just say you're considering becoming a leader and want to know more.

 

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