The first annual AMC Trails Volunteer Leadership Training went off without a hitch! On May 5th and 6th, based at AMC Camp Dodge, eight trails volunteers learned the ins and outs of leading Volunteer Trail Crews in the White Mountains, Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park. Ali Kosiba and I worked to gather to develop the curriculum and present the material to the participants over the course of the weekend.
Joining us for the beautiful weekend were Scott Monroe (Region Leader, Trail Adopter, Alpine Steward, and more), George Brown (Region Leader, Trail Adopter, and Information Volunteer), James David Christmas (Trail Adopter), Julie LaPage (Volunteer Vacations volunteer, and Trip Leader for AMC Boston Chapter), Steve Klauck (Volunteer Vacations volunteer and past ADK volunteer), William Patrick (Volunteer Vacations volunteer and volunteer for Norfolk Land Trust, CT), Jim Pelletier (active AT maintainer in western MA), and Bill Brodnitzki (Volunteer Vacations volunteer, AT corridor monitor, and volunteer for Norfolk Land Trust, CT). All eight are now officially Volunteer Crew Leaders for AMC trail work parties.
We had two full days covering AMC program policies, Camp Dodge, emergency action plans, radio use in the White Mountains, leadership styles and techniques, work party preparation, driver training, tool safety, and much more. This interactive program allowed the participants to strengthen their leadership and trail work teaching skills and learn the specifics about managing groups of volunteers on trips. All of the participants left this program with the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm to lead or co-lead Volunteer Trail Crew programs based out of Camp Dodge, Baxter or Acadia. Highlights included Bill Brodnitzki wonderfully illustrating the proper technique of digging and utilizing a cat hole, a moose meandering through Camp Dodge, and a spectacular sunset in which Mt. Jefferson cast a shadow in pink sky.
The weekend was concluded by reviewing the calendar of programs for the 2007 season. As a result of this training each new Trails Volunteer leader will lead or co-lead a few one-two day programs, or at least one week-long crew in the 2007 season. Please look out for these folks on your next AMC work party!