Appalachian Mountain Club

Outdoor Leadership

AMC NY-NoJ Leadership Training

Leadership training opportunities through the AMC include Local Outdoor Leadership & Training, Mountain Leadership School, Advanced Mountain Leadership School, and Winter Mountaineering School.

Local Outdoor Leadership & Training

Interested in leading your own groups outdoors? Volunteers lead a wide variety of trips and activities… paddling, hiking, biking, climbing, conservation, education, young members, major excursions, and many more! Annual training is offered to trip leaders and there is a significant discount to obtain the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification.

AMC activity committees qualify leaders based on apprenticeship with an experienced leader, training, and demonstrated skills. The requirements to become a leader vary between activities and chapters. Contact the Activities Executive at to learn more about the steps required to become a leader or click here.

Trip Leader Training:

This training is a great introduction to what it takes to lead a trip for the AMC. It will provide the general non-activity specific skills required for leading trips for most of the activities of the NY-North New Jersey chapter. Participation in the training is the first step towards leading trips.

NY-NoJ Leadership Workshop at the Steven & Betsy Corman Harriman Outdoor Center (CHOC):

Please join us at the AMC’s new Program Center in Harriman State Park for a great learning event!

Dates: May 15-17, 2020

The NY-NoJ Chapter would like to invite you to our 2020 Leadership Workshop on the weekend of 5/15-17. During this weekend, we’ll bring together potential new and current leaders to focus on: Developing the skills necessary to lead successful, fun trips, delve into the online tools available to AMC leaders, share best practices, meet new people and have a great time exploring our facility at Harriman State Park, the Steven & Betsy Corman Harriman Outdoor Center.

See the tentative agenda

See the Activities Database event for details and to register

Additional Leader Training Classes will be added throughout the year

Mountain Leadership School

AMC’s Mountain Leadership School (MLS) is a five-day wilderness leadership training program designed to help you lead groups with minimal impact in the backcountry. Now in its 6th decade, this program is staffed by senior AMC volunteers who have a wide variety of backcountry knowledge and experience. MLS is designed for AMC chapter leaders, camp counselors, youth group leaders, and avid hikers who lead groups of friends. For more information, visit the AMC Club website.