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Volunteer Leadership Conference

The CMC's Volunteer Leadership Conference: August 16-18, 2019 Group Hiking Together

The inaugural Volunteer Leadership Conference is an opportunity for CMC trip leaders, school instructors, and school directors from around the state to gather together in Golden for a weekend of collaboration, learning, and community. It will be held in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

The weekend will begin Friday evening with a happy hour and gear expo from the outdoor industry's top brands. Saturday will feature a full day of workshops and clinics and will culminate in a keynote from Chris Warner, a Colorado local and one of the most accomplished mountaineers in the US. Sunday will finish out the weekend with outdoor skills clinics and outings.

This Conference is part of the larger CMC Leadership Project, a statewide program to invest in our volunteer leaders and support their work. For more information on the Leadership Project, click here

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Schedule of Events


Each day of the weekend will offer unique opportunities to learn, network with your fellow leaders, and develop new skills and leadership techniques. We encourage you to participate in as much of the weekend as you can. 


Friday, August 16, 2019


People looking at CAMP USA Gear

Mix and mingle with your fellow CMC leaders and with top outdoor companies. Check out, try on, and experience some of the latest and greatest in outdoor gear. Drinks will be provided. 

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm - Gear Expo and Happy Hour at the American Mountaineering Center





Saturday, August 17, 2019


Full day of workshops and clinics on leadership skills. It will be followed by a happy hour and keynote talk from Chris Warner, Colorado local and one of the most accomplished mountaineers in the US. Chris Warner on K2

  • 9:00 - 10:40am - Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Chris Warner
  • 10:50 - 11:50am - Morning sessions 
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch Provided
  • 1:10 - 2:10pm - Afternoon sessions
  • 2:10 - 2:30pm - Afternoon sessions
  • 3:30 - 4:30pm - Happy Hour and Networking

Specific clinic titles are still being finalized. Topics will include:

  • Education Skills
  • Risk Management
  • CMC Culture
  • Standards Based Education: how shared learning outcomes and best practices can unite the CMC and better serve our membership


Sunday, August 18, 2019



Outdoor skills clinics and outings around Golden. Many of these will be run by outdoor brands and outdoor athletes. 

  • 7:00 - 8:00am - Farewell Breakfast 
  • 8:15am - early afternoon - skills clinics and outings 

Clinics are still being finalized with our partners. We will open registration for specific clinics on Friday, August 2 at 10am. You still need to register for the Summit separately so we know how many people to expect. Clinic registration is separate. 



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Lodging for Out-of-Towners


For those of you that will be joining us from out of town - anyone that does not live in the Denver-Boulder Metro Area - we will have a limited number of hotel rooms on hold for you at the Courtyard by Marriott in Denver West/Golden. Hotel rooms are provided by the Colorado Mountain Club for this Volunteer Leadership Summit. The deadline for lodging is July 19. You will indicate your need for lodging upon registration - please do not book with the hotel directly.  

Each room will be double occupancy, no individual rooms are available. We encourage you to coordinate with other leaders in your group to have roommates. While you are registering for the event, please indicate that you need lodging and your preferred roommate. If you do not have a roommate, the CMC office will pair you with another individual for the weekend. 

If you have any questions, please call us at 303-279-3080 or email us at


Hotel InformationCourtyard by Marriott Logo

Courtyard by Marriot Denver West/Golden 

14700 W 6th Ave Frontage Road

Golden, CO 80401


How to participate in The CMC Leadership Project & Volunteer Leadership Conference?

To take part in both the Volunteer Leadership Conference and The Leadership Project, you must be a Club member and certified trip leader, school director, or school instructor. If you are not a trip leader or instructor yet,  no problem. Let us help you get there so you, too, can take part in this program. While each group has specific requirements for becoming a trip leader, generally, we recommend you have the following qualifications: 

  • Be a current CMC member that is at least 18 years of age
  • Have been on at least five (5) CMC group outings
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR
  • Attend a trip leader school or seminar
  • Lead a "check-off" trip with an existing trip leader there to certify you are ready to lead

Again, these are recommended qualifications. Each group has their own qualifications for trip leaders, so please reach out to your local Group to find out specifics. 

Volunteer Leadership Conference Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsors

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