Leadership Program

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM


WWO adventures are made possible by a talented and committed team of numerous volunteers. While office staff, trip leaders, and executive board members all play an important role, Trip Leaders are the backbone of WWO. In order to continue to provide the number and types of trips WWO offers, it is extremely important to maintain a large pool of Trip Leaders.

Without Trip Leaders, we wouldn’t go anywhere!


Enthusiasm for the outdoors and wilderness skills are only the beginning. It takes organization and perseverance to take an idea from planning stages through trip logistics to boots on the ground.

Trip Leaders facilitate the numerous diverse trips that WWO provides its members. All of these Leaders are very special people because they give not only their time and energy, but also their love and spirit. Our Leaders are known to infect trip participants with a passion for the outdoors and a thrill for adventure.

HOW DO I BECOME A TRIP LEADER FOR WASHINGTON WOMEN OUTDOORS?


WWO offers two types of trips that require planning and leadership roles: In-House Trips and Outfitter Trips. Like any challenge worth embracing, becoming a WWO Trip Leader takes practice.


"In-House" Trips

For In-House Trips, Leaders are responsible for the entirety of the trip, which includes planning, scouting, advising and teaching participants about outdoor equipment and outdoor skills. In-House Trip Leaders present trip details in written format, ensure necessary forms are completed, provide leadership support during the trip and provide feedback to the Program Chair after the trip.

To become an In-House Trip Leader:

  1. Attend at least one WWO trip as a member and maintain an active membership in WWO.
  2. Be approved by appropriate Program Chair to be a Leader-in-Training.
  3. Participate as a Leader-in-Training on at least two trips and be able to participate on these trips at the trip level.
  4. Complete First Aid and CPR certification and maintain current certification in First Aid and CPR.
  5. Receive approval by the appropriate Program Chair to be an Assistant Leader.
  6. Assist on at least two WWO trips and be able to participate on these trips at the trip level.
  7. Complete WWO Leadership Training at least once every three years.
  8. Be approved by the appropriate Program Chair to be a Leader.
  9. Be able to participate on all trips at the trip level that you lead.

“Outfitter Trips”

For Outfitter trips, Leaders serve as the liaison between the Outfitter and trip participants. Outfitter Trip Leaders present trip details in written format, coordinate trip logistics between the Outfitter and the participants, ensure that necessary forms are completed, provide leadership support during the trip and provide feedback to the Program Chair after the trip.

To become an In-House Trip Leader:

  1. Attend at least one Outfitted WWO trip as a member and maintain an active membership in WWO.
  2. Be able to participate on trips in which you are a Leader at the trip level.
  3. Be approved by the appropriate Program Chair.
  4. Complete First Aid and CPR certification, and maintain current certification in First Aid and CPR.
  5. Complete WWO Leadership Training at least once every three years.

LEADER BENEFITS


<strong>Access to Leadership Training Funds</strong>

Access to Leadership Training Funds

WWO reimburses each Leader up to $100 per year in leadership training expenses. To be eligible for reimbursement, a Leader must lead or assist on at least two trips within a year of completing the training.

• For up to $50 reimbursement, a Leader must lead two trips.
• For up to $100 reimbursement, a Leader must lead three or more trips.

<strong>Free and Discounted Trips</strong>

Free and Discounted Trips

Leaders and assistants do not pay trip fees. This doesn’t really translate into “free” because of all the labor that goes into planning and leading a trip, but it is a benefit of leadership. On Outfitted trips, Leaders pay a discounted leader fee that covers the expense of the outfitter plus other direct trip expenses.

<strong>Develop Skills</strong>

Develop Skills

Develop confidence and competence in outdoor skills, as well as leadership skills.

<strong>Make friends</strong>

Make friends

An opportunity for camaraderie with other women who have a love for the outdoors. Share outdoor adventures with women outside of WWO.

<strong>Accident Insurance</strong>

Accident Insurance

WWO carries an accidental injury insurance policy for volunteers that pays medical benefits in excess of any primary coverage for covered expenses that result directly from injury caused by a covered accident.

RECEIVING FIRST AID AND CPR TRAINING


The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer First Aid and CPR training. The cost of the courses is reimbursable after you have led or assisted on two WWO trips. As often as possible, Washington Women Outdoors facilitates a First Aid and CPR training certification course free-of-charge for Leaders and Leaders-in-Training.

WASHINGTON WOMEN OUTDOORS LEADERSHIP TRAINING


WWO holds Leadership Training free-of-charge for Leaders and Leaders-in- Training. This course covers all aspects of being a Leader for Washington Women Outdoors, from planning and preparing a trip, conducting the trip, to follow-up afterwards.