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The Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act
By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

Should the Berkshire Chapter Change its Name?

Western Massachusetts region

We need your feedback now.

We are asking our members to share your thoughts on a potential chapter name change.

COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely.

The resumption of activities will occur in phases. Effective June 22, AMC is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

The Berkshire and Worcester Chapter outdoor leadership instructors teamed up to provide a series of refreshers seminars for existing leaders during June and July 2020. These topics are updated with the most recent information from AMC’s Outdoor Learning Institute and the Leadership Requirements and Guidelines.

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

As restrictions ease up across Massachusetts, the AMC Berkshire and Worcester Chapters are teaming up to offer a series of online refresher seminars for current activity leaders.

Date: 
Repeats every week every Thursday 8 times.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Many weeks now into the COVID-19 pandemic, our situation in the Northeast remains fluid, with states still sorting out their individual plans for easing restrictions on travel and gatherings post-Memorial Day. AMC currently intends to open most properties and programs on July 1, with exceptions noted on this page.

PHOTO CONTEST - #BeOutdoorsOnline Heart Challenge

Send in your photos to connect and share with other families who could use a little love in these crazy times.

Winners will be selected from most original and best Earth Day-themed hearts.

WHAT TO DO: Take photos of hearts you see in your backyard, or on your local neighborhood walks.

Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (All day) to Friday, May 15, 2020 (All day)

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the Appalachian Mountain Club announced facility and program closures.

Please visit this page for details.

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email chair@amcberkshire.org.

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.

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