Trip Leader School

Trip Leader School is your path to leadership in the CMC!

PREREQUISITES TO BECOME A GENERAL TRIP LEADER

1. Be a current CMC member.

BECOME A CMC MEMBER HERE!

2. Go on at least CMC trips, of which at least one is not a school field trip. Best if the 2 trips are with two different leaders.

LIST OF UPCOMING TRIPS

3. Have a valid Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certificate or equivalent.

It is preferable to complete WFA before Trip Leader School, but concurrent enrollment in Trip Leader School (TLS) and WFA is acceptable.  

Before signing up for WFA, make sure you apply for a FREE WFA spot in our state Hybrid WFA program. In exchange for leading 6 trips over 2 years, CMC State office will make your WFA free for as long as you wish to commit to trip leading.

HOW TO BECOME A GENERAL TRIP LEADER

1. Complete the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. If you already have a WFA certificate which has not yet expired and will not expire within six months of your application for trip leader, you do not have to retake this course until your expiration date.  If you have evidence of medical competency that you think supersedes WFA, you need to contact the WFA School Director to get an exemption.

2. Complete Trip Leader School (TLS), which consists of 4 hours of classroom, followed by a Scenario Session (varies depending on your Group). The Scenario Session consists of up to 4 hours of discussion where the focus is on dealing with various real-life scenarios potentially encountered when leading trips. Contact your Group representative (as listed below) and register here

3. Evaluation LIT.  This involves leading a real trip with a Mentor Leader (or existing Leader of your choosing) who is not related to you and is not your “significant other”.  All applicants have to receive a favorable recommendation from the Mentor Leader of record for the second LIT trip. The second LIT needs to be completed within twelve months after completing TLS (LIT requirements may vary depending on your Group).

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If you plan to lead basic hiking and/or snowshoe trips, the second LIT trip may be of any hiking or snowshoeing classification. Hiking trips are allowed to have portions with difficulty up to class 3 scrambling, but cannot have any advanced technical components such as ice climbing or rock climbing, which have additional requirements. A list of Denver Mentor Leaders is provided here. For all other groups, contact your group's Safety & Leadership chair as detailed above. The potential new trip leader and the Mentor Leader must fill out the LIT Evaluation Form when the trip is completed. 


The Safety & Leadership Committees of each group will help be responsible for governing existing trip leaders and for processing applications to become trip leaders. If your group doesn't have a liaison of some kind for leadership, your process will go through state via the Education Director. Here are the groups' following contacts for leadership:

FOR DENVER GROUP:

Within 18 months of completing TLS, complete a Trip Leader Approval Form. Scan this application form as well as the LIT Evaluation Form for the second LIT trip. Attach these scanned documents as well as the PDF copy of your WFA certificate to an email and send the email to tripleaderschool@gmail.com. Keep a copy of whatever you send.

The safety and leadership chair for each Group, as listed above, reviews and approves leader applications when all requirements are met and when there are no questions regarding the applicant. Once an applicant is approved, Membership Services and the applicant are notified. Membership Services then inputs the approved leader’s name into the CMC system and the new leader may begin scheduling trips.