Leader Training

The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. The mission of the Outings Program is to share our passion of the outdoors with others and show them all the greatness that our outdoors has to offer through hiking, camping and backpacking.

If you have any questions after reviewing the information below, please contact Stefanie Maio via email at: sd.col.training@gmail.com.

Chapter Outings Leader I Training
Dates to be confirmed May & October 2019

If you would be interesting in leading for the Sierra Club and become a Level I Chapter Outings Leader (lead hikes and car camps), here’s what you need to do:

1. Have been on at least four Sierra Club outings.
2. Be a Sierra Club member.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Attend the Level I Chapter Outing Leader training class.
5. Obtain a Red Cross Standard First Aid card or equivalent before proceeding to step 6.
6. Plan, publish and execute 2 evaluation outings before June 2019.

The COL I Training sessions will be held in May and October 2019 You will get classroom training on COL practices and policies, group management, how to publicize your outing and well as outdoor training to review the classroom training through scenarios.

Class size is limited to 15.  Sign up below for an email notification of the next training dates. Our next class will take place in May 2019. The exact date will be determined in January 2019.  If you would like, you can sign up for the email reminder.

Chapter Outings Leader II Training
Dates to be confirmed May & October 2019

Would you like to lead backpack trips for the Sierra Club or the Wilderness Basics Course? To do so, leaders are required to take COL II training. COL II training is offered twice a year. To sign up for this training, you must meet the first 3 criteria:

  1. Be a COL I with all certifications current.
  2. Have led at least 4 Type I trips (this includes your two COL I evaluations).
  3. Have graduated from the Wilderness Basics Course or its equivalent.
  4. Have a current Wilderness First Aid Certificate by the time of the evaluation backpack.
  5. Plan, publish and execute 1 evaluation backpack outing before October 2019.

The class will be a fun day learning advanced leader techniques for planning and executing wilderness backpacking trips, plus a nice hike in Mission Trails Park!

Class size is limited to 15. Please sign up below for the training date notification. Our next COL II Training will take place in May 2019 and a date will be announced in January 2019. If you would like to received a reminder email, please sign up below.

First Aid Certification

If you are looking to take or update your first aid certification, courses are offered through First Aid Gone Wild and other accredited organizations. If you are considering doing both your COL I and COL II within two years, you may want to consider taking the Wilderness First Aid Course. Please note that online first aid training is not acceptable for your initial certification.

First Aid Gone WIld


We are currently working on the 2019 Chapter Outing Leader Training Dates. If you are interested, please complete the form below to SIGN UP for a email notification.

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