High Adventure Courses Offered During The Year


In this document you will find essential information about the following:

HAT Core / Basic Backpacking Awareness / Adult & Youth CPR/AED Training / Canoeing Awareness & Paddle Craft Safety / Cycling Awareness / Kayaking Awareness / OKPIK / OKPIK II / Sailing Awareness / Swimming and Water Rescue / Wilderness and First Aid Training. Check the Calendar for course dates, time and location.

HAT Core


HAT Core requires Annual Health and Medical Record A/B/C. This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading backpacking treks. Course topics include: Backpack Trek Planning, Gear, Food for the Backpacker, Wilderness Safety, Wilderness Emergencies, Back-country Living and Where to Trek. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults and mature older youth. It covers the common skills and techniques required for any High Adventure Activity, and focuses on planning and leading a successful backpacking trek. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults and mature older youth.

It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and the Position Specific Training for Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster.

Check the Calendar for planned events.

Link for Medical A/B/C

Basic Backpacking Awareness


Basic Backpacking Awareness is now combined with HAT Core. Core/BBA requires Annual Health and Medical Record A/B/C. This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading backpacking treks. Course topics include: Backpack Trek Planning, Gear, Food for the Backpacker, Wilderness Safety, Wilderness Emergencies, Back-country Living and Where to Trek. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults and mature older youth. The highlight of the Core/BBA combined course is a hands-on outdoor experience.

It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills and the Position Specific Training for Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster.

Adult & Youth CPR / AED Training


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training is a practical, 3 hour course that prepares you to recognize the need for and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation on adults and children over the age of 1 year.  You will learn or review the steps that need to be taken to deal with patients with cardiac and breathing emergencies, including practice in CPR, choking emergencies, and the early and effective use of an AED.  Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in an Adult and Child CPR & AED Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

This course is open to all BSA registered adult volunteers and to youth members age 14 or greater.

The cost for the Adult & Child CPR & AED course is $25. The course is limited to 24 participants.  Priority will be given to those who need this course certification in order to participate in the Wilderness & Remote First Aid training that begins the next day.

Our CPR/AED classes are held on a Friday evening from 6:30 until about 9:30 at the Council Office at 800 Ellinwood Dr, Pleasant Hill.

2019 dates are:

March 1st; April 12th; May 17th;  September 27th

Check the Calendar for dates and times of scheduled events.

For any questions, Email Merrill Swiney 

Canoeing Awareness and Paddle Craft Safety


Canoeing Awareness is combined with the BSA Paddle Craft Safety Program.  This course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading a successful paddling outing.  Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Types of Paddling, Equipment, Safety, Orienting the Paddler, Paddling Strokes & Techniques, Maneuvers, River Reading and Running as they relate to Paddle Sports Awareness. 

This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the HAT Core course, have a current certification in Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat, and can pass the swimming test.

 

REQUIREMENTS (documentation you must bring with you)

Contact Keith Gale or (925) 672-3592.

Check the Calendar for dates and times

Cycling Awareness


This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading a successful cycling outing. Course topics include: Tour Planning, Personal Equipment & Gear, Team Equipment, Food & Nutrition, Navigation, Safety While Riding, Injury First Aid, Life on the Road/Trail, Where To Tour and includes an outdoor practical/outing. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the HAT Core Course, can demonstrate the knowledge outlined in the cycling merit badge and whose bike will pass a safety inspection.

The cost is $65 and limited to the first 20 who sign up.

Your details and payment will be processed by our secure server, and you will receive a printable confirmation. Alternatively, you can still send in a paper registration form to the Council Office.

Email Steve Krome or phone 925-548-5990 if you have questions.

Course Syllabus

BSA Climbing Rules

Gear Safety and Selection

Team Equipment

Food and Nutrition

Safety While Riding

Injury First Aid

Life on the Road/Trail

Kayaking Awareness


Please check REI Outdoor School’s website, for different kayaking classes offered at different locations in Northern California, and sign up directly with REI:

OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Awareness


This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading cold weather outings. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Equipment, Cold Weather First Aid, Wilderness Safety, Backcountry Living and Where to Trek as they relate to Cold Weather Awareness. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the HAT Core Course.

REQUIREMENT: Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A/B/C)

The cost is $85 and limited to the first 30 who sign up.

Your details and payment will be processed by our secure server, and you will receive a printable confirmation. Alternatively, you can still send in a paper registration form to the Council Office.

Email Sterling Bobbitt or phone (925) 202-5325 if you have questions.

Course Syllabus

Introduction To Cold Weather Camping

Winter Travel

Winter Camp Living

Navigation in the Winter

Personal Gear

Group Equipment

Home Made Equipment, Food, Water, Cooking and Clean-Up

Cold Weather Medicine

Upcoming Training

(must take both indoor sessions plus outdoor session)

Check the Calendar for dates and times of both Indoor and Outdoor training sessions

Click HERE to register.

OKPIK II - Cold Weather Camping Awareness II


Moving beyond the initial awareness course, this course provides a backcountry experience and covers the planning and safety aspects of the “Cold Weather” activity in more depth. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who meet the following requirements:

The cost is $70 and limited to the first 8 who sign up.

Your details and payment will be processed by our secure server, and you will receive a printable confirmation. Alternatively, you can still send in a paper registration form to the Council Office.

Email Sterling Bobbitt or phone (925) 202-5325 if you have questions.

Course Syllabus

Cold Weather Camping II

Planning

Packing

Self Transport

Avalanche/Weather

Shelter Construction

Case study-Decision making

Sailing Awareness


Goal

To help adult scout leaders participate competently in a sailing outing. To increase the variety of fun adventures that troops can provide for scouts.

The course is intended to help adult leaders develop more situational awareness when onboard a sailboat. The course is not intended to teach the necessary sailing skills that would enable a person to skipper a boat.

Overview

This course will be a combination of online learning, lecture and interactive learning. After learning boating safety and basic sailing theory, the highlight of the course will be a one-day San Francisco Bay Cruise.

Course participants will set sail on a boat skippered by a USCG licensed captain. Boats will be chartered from Tradewinds Sailing Club and School in Richmond. After setting sail from Marina Bay in Richmond, boats will dock at Angel Island. Participants will have time to eat lunch on the island and go for a short hike. After re-boarding the boat, participants will sail around Angel Island back to Marina Bay. While underway, participants will have the opportunity to help steer the vessel and crew. The chartered boats will be a Catalina 350, Catalina 36, o Hunter 34, or equivalent. All boats are in excellent condition, have onboard bathrooms, and are USCG documented vessels.

Online training required in addition to indoor sessions (no cost)

Other requirements

Equipment

For the one-day cruise, Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) will be provided by Tradewinds Sailing Club and School. Participants will be asked to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bicycle gloves, and a rain jacket or windbreaker.

Food

No food will be provided for participants. Participants will be asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and snacks for the one-day cruise.

Instructor credentials

Virginia Luchetti is certified sailing instructor through the American Sailing Association. She is licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Charterboat Captain. In addition, she is a member of the USCG Auxiliary and teaches boating safety courses to the public. She has also undergone USCG Auxiliary training in vessel inspection, weather, aids to navigation, and crew interaction.

Annual Health and Medical Record 

Swimming and Water Rescue


The MDSC Aquatics Committee offers a course in Swimming and Water Rescue, offering additional training in Safe Swim Defense and an evening of practical water rescue training. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who can demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental strokes and can pass the swimming test. Parts A, B and C of the Annual Health and Medical Record is required for each adult.

The course is limited to the first 16 who sign up.

For More Information contact Chris Kolm at cjkolm@hotmail.com or 925-388-0220

Wilderness and First Aid Training


Wilderness & Remote First Aid training is a practical, 16 hour course that was designed jointly by the American Red Cross and the National Office of the BSA.  The course is fast paced and covers a great variety of the large and small medical emergencies that one could expect in a wilderness or remote environment.

The course consists of lecture, practical exercises, and outdoor scenarios that will require participants both to demonstrate their grasp of first aid skills and to exercise leadership and sound judgment in simulated wilderness emergency environments.

Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in a Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

This is not a basic first aid class.  All participants are expected to have mastered first aid skills at the level of the BSA First Aid Merit Badge. Please take the time to review and practice this material before attending the class.  

All participants must have a current Adult CPR/AED certification from a recognized health care organization in order to commence this training.   Those who do not have such current certification can obtain it by attending the Adult and Child CPR/AED training offered on the Friday night before the W&RFA training.   Registration for the CPR/AED class is separate from the W&RFA class and is accomplished through the HAT page on the Council’s website.  Completion of the HAT Core training class is not a prerequisite for W&RFA or CPR/AED training.

The class is open to BSA registered adult leaders and to mature 17-year-old youth members.  We have found that younger youth cannot demonstrate in this context the leadership and organizational skills that we feel are essential for certification.

Successful completion of the course practical exercises and skill demonstration sets will result in a Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification by the American Red Cross that is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.

The cost of the class is $75 and class is limited to 30 participants.  Priority will be given to MDSC members until 1 month before the class, at which time it will be open to all registrants.  There is a growing interest in the class from Scouters in neighboring councils, so plan ahead and register early.

Our W&RFA classes are held on a Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 until about 5:30 at the Council Office at 800 Ellinwood Dr, Pleasant Hill.  The schedule for 2019 is as follows:

March 2nd - 3rd; April 13th - 14th; May 18th - 19th; September 28th - 29th

Check Calendar for dates and times of scheduled events.

For any questions, Email Merrill Swiney