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  • Hiking
    Hiking Outing
  • Multi-day backpacking
    Camp overnight
  • Car camping
    Drive in and camp outing
  • Kayak/Canoe
    Water rowing outing
  • Indoor climbing
    Indoor instruction or activity
  • Outdoor climbing
    Outdoor rock climb or bouldering
  • Geocache and games
    Activities, usually family-based
  • Eco-information
    Wildlife, nature, and refuge learning outings
  • Family friendly outing
    Family encouraged
  • Skill building
    Land navigation, wilderness first aid, etc.
  • Wellness
    Yoga, meditation, equine therapy, etc
  • Leader training
    Become or refresh a SCMO leader
  • Mission

    Provide and lead outdoor experiences, outings, retreats, and more for Veterans, Servicemembers, family, and front line civilians

    Description

    Become a leader for expeditions, treks, volunteer opportunities, and wilderness experience courses to help Veterans and families reintegrate, providing holistic and mental wellness through outdoor interaction and activities. Receive training and ongoing Sierra Club support to coordinate activities, with a goal of leading 3-5 events per year. Military members, Veterans, and Families can attend leadership courses, and programming is geared towards military and front line civilian participants.

    Upcoming Events: (3)

    Leaders Training at Veterans Base Camp, CT 2-5 August

    Over three days of hiking, classroom instruction, and wellness, become a certified Sierra Club Military Outdoors Leader! You'll learn how to schedule and run Sierra Club supported trips for other local Veterans.

    Happening on 08/02/2017 at 11:00AM EST

    Located in Veterans Base Camp, CT

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaronleonard@sierraclub.org


    2-7 Jan Leader Training at Zeno Mountain Farm, VT

    At the heart of the Military Outdoors are our volunteer Outings Leaders. This 20-hour resident course will qualify you as an Outings Leader with the Sierra Club! The course focuses on risk management, trip planning, decision making, group management, and mindfulness training.

    Happening on 01/02/2018 at 10:00AM EST

    Located in Zeno Mountain Farm, VT

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaron.leonard@sierraclub.org


    Spring Break Outings Leader Training TX

    At the heart of the Military Outdoors are our volunteer Outings Leaders. This 20-hour resident course will qualify you as an Outings Leader with the Sierra Club! The course focuses on risk management, trip planning, decision making, group management, and mindfulness training.

    Happening on 03/19/2018 at 10:00AM EST

    Located in Texas

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaron.leonard@sierraclub.org


    25-26 August Outings Leader Training NYC

    At the heart of the Military Outdoors are our volunteer Outings Leaders. This 20-hour non-resident course will qualify you as an Outings Leader with the Sierra Club! The course focuses on risk management, trip planning, decision making, group management, and mindfulness training.

    Happening on 08/25/2018 at 9:00AM EST

    Located in Bronx VA on 25 August & Central Park on 26 August, NY

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaron.leonard@sierraclub.org


    2-4 Nov Outings Leader Training Philly

    At the heart of the Military Outdoors are our volunteer Outings Leaders. This 20-hour resident course will qualify you as an Outings Leader with the Sierra Club! The course focuses on risk management, trip planning, decision making, group management, and mindfulness training.

    Happening on 11/02/2018 at 9:00AM EST

    Located in Philadelphia, PA

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaron.leonard@sierraclub.org


    25-27 Jan Outings Leader Training St Croix

    At the heart of the Military Outdoors are our volunteer Outings Leaders. This 20-hour resident course will qualify you as an Outings Leader with the Sierra Club! The course focuses on risk management, trip planning, decision making, group management, and mindfulness training.

    Happening on 01/25/2019 at 9:00AM EST

    Located in St Croix, USVI

    To Register, or Get More Information: aaron.leonard@sierraclub.org


    Recent Events: (3)

    Reviews (20)

    8/6/2018
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    New Recruit

    Review for Previous Event
    Impossible to replicate the power of camaraderie experienced during military service outside of an event like this. And then to do in a natural setting free of the constant noise of civilization - that is priceless.

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    8/2/2018
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    Rifleman

    Service Branch

    Army

    Service Status

    Veteran

    Review for Previous Event
    As a solo-hiker, I found the training very helpful. There are often things we begin to take for granted that groups, particularly diverse groups that might include new hikers, might not be aware of.

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    8/1/2018
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    New Recruit

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    I am not a veteran so this was a great opportunity for me to have insight into the feelings veterans have in their lives as civilians. I live on the small island of st. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. We are hoping to establish a site here and bring veterans down to see how wonderful life is in the US Virgin Islands

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    8/7/2018
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    New Recruit

    Service Branch

    Civilian Supporter (non-military)

    Service Status

    Military or Veteran Immediate Family (not dependent)

    Review for Previous Event
    The training was a great experience for me. As a civilian providing support for trauma and PTSD as well as immediate family of a disabled vet, this training was inspiring. I think it is great way to bring veterans together in a way that suits their needs and also heals them. I also gained experience and skills I hope to continue to use. I did hope to learn more in the first aid training but I don't feel like I learned enough to apply the skills.

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    8/7/2018
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    Rifleman

    Service Branch

    Navy

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    Military Retiree

    Review for Previous Event
    Good information, concisely conveyed. Enjoyed meeting new friends and expanding my circle of veterans. Really enjoyed the hikes.

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    8/7/2018
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    Service Branch

    Navy

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    Veteran

    I participated in the Sierra Club Military Outdoors training in McKinney Roughs in March. The training was excellent and I qualified as an outings leader. I also benefited from the breathing and meditative techniques. I met several vets from different branches of a wide age and experience range - we bonded across gender, ethnic, age and service lines - this gives me hope. The training was well structured and we all pitched in with cooking, serving and clean-up.

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    8/6/2018
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    New Recruit

    Review for Previous Event
    Impossible to replicate the power of camaraderie experienced during military service outside of an event like this. And then to do in a natural setting free of the constant noise of civilization - that is priceless.

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    8/2/2018
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    Rifleman

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    Army

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    Veteran

    Review for Previous Event
    As a solo-hiker, I found the training very helpful. There are often things we begin to take for granted that groups, particularly diverse groups that might include new hikers, might not be aware of.

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    8/2/2018
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    Army

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    Veteran

    This course was very helpful because it is hands on and everyone gets a chance at it. Plus everyone has a chance to share there points of interests. Makes it a very educational event when people have to rely on each other. You remember what to do because you had to preform your part.

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    8/1/2018
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    New Recruit

    Review for Previous Event
    I am not a veteran so this was a great opportunity for me to have insight into the feelings veterans have in their lives as civilians. I live on the small island of st. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. We are hoping to establish a site here and bring veterans down to see how wonderful life is in the US Virgin Islands

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    9/5/2017
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    New Recruit

    Absolutely wonderful organization! The staff is a wonderfully dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable group. The trips are well organized and give veterans an outlet to the outdoors yet foster an environment of inclusion for all attendees.

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    9/1/2017
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    New Recruit

    SCMO is by, for and about veterans. The training to be a trip leader was well organized, effective, and detail-oriented, while at the same time accepting of diverse perspectives, and able to flex around participant needs. Great preparation by solid leaders.

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    9/1/2017
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    New Recruit

    The Sierra Club Military Outdoors Leadership Training was amazing. The staff is dedicated to serving the military and veterans. I went there apprehensive of the training and left with new brothers and sisters. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to get more active in the outdoors, or become a leader.

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    8/24/2017
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    New Recruit

    Informative, fun, and interesting training that is at the Vanguard of treating PTSD and Combat-PTSD. The training also offers willing participants effective ways to create new and wonderful memories, while doing beneficial things for good people and the planet.

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    8/14/2017
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    New Recruit

    Phenomenal organization to be connected with. Excellent leadership to support you. If you are planning outings this is the organization to be affiliated with.

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    8/11/2017
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    New Recruit

    This is a great resource to learn about the outdoors, spread appreciation for the environment and help make others feel better. It was a welcoming atmosphere and everyone was committed to learning. This program is worth attending.

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    8/10/2017
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    New Recruit

    Sierra Military Outdoors is great organization that is giving back to veterans. All people involved are passionate and have the best of intentions. Would highly recommend going on an outing with them- no experience required!!

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    8/10/2017
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    New Recruit

    This program is fantastic. I completed the Outings Leadership Workshop and had a blast. The entire staff was knowledgeable as they were enthusiastic. Just full of beans n' wisdom. Highly recommended to any and all who want to enjoy some educational, non-stressful time in the woods with good people.

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    8/8/2017
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    New Recruit

    The SCMO Outings Leader Certificate program covered not only the details of planning an outing for new leaders, but how to respond to the different needs of a variety of audiences and skill levels, including practice scenarios on how to handle emergencies and group dynamics, and techniques from experts. In addition, it was an amazing opportunity to meet people from a huge variety of veteran resource organizations. A great way to connect!

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    8/8/2017
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    New Recruit

    Sierra Club Military Outdoors offers a rich experience. You only sign up for a hike, but you end up a bit more resilient, healthy and happy. Before you know it, you have acquired new skills, became part of an inclusive community that you interact with on a regular basis, and added a hobby or two to add dimension to one's life. Highly Recommended!

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    8/8/2017
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    New Recruit

    The Outdoor Leadership Training not only provided me with some helpful skills to manage groups in a non-military setting, it also allowed me to network with some amazing organizations. I left the training with many new friends. I highly recommend Sierra Club Military Outdoors.

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    8/7/2017
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    New Recruit

    This program is great and will Only continue to get better - highly recommended!

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    8/4/2017
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    Flag Officer

    Service Branch

    Army

    Service Status

    Veteran

    I went on a train-the-trainer sort of outing with the northeast Military Outdoors program, and it was a few days of easy hikes and classroom activity. I learned a surprising amount, being a pretty active outdoor enthusiast with multiple expeditions and hikes under my belt. A lot was learning how leadership changes with mixed groups (co-ed, mil-civ, etc). as well as wilderness first aid certification and way more. Much of this is applicable to much more than just the outdoor setting, too, which is really interesting because it gives plenty to think about and make me a better leader in different environments. Overall, a very knowledgeable and dedicated staff, some great volunteers, and a really nice setting to spend a few days makes for a great way to volunteer and serve a purpose for myself. Only improvements might be a few more details in the beginning so you know more of what to expect for challenge and activity level. I think a little more education on adaptive hiking and such might be useful, too.

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