One of the top priorities for the SSJ Sierra Club in the coming year is to develop a robust outings program. On January 28th, eighteen members took the first step toward achieving this goal by attending SSJ Outings Leader training. The exceptional response highlighted the clubâ€™s enthusiasm and diversity, with members from all ages and backgrounds participating.
The all-day event included instruction on leading both one day and multi-day excursions. The training was conducted by Rudy Scheffer, Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club. Â The workshop included modules on leadership, responding to emergencies, planning and conducting a trip, and promoting conservation. Â The training was supplemented with lively participation and thoughtful group activities.Â Rudyâ€™s extensive experience, poignant personal stories, and thoughts on best practices were an added benefit to the standard course materials.
Outings, membership, and activism go hand in hand, engendering a balanced, vibrant, and effective club. Â After completing the training, SSJ Outings Leaders are now more capable than ever to exemplify the outdoors activities mission, â€œTo maintain and enhance a diversified, superior, volunteer-run program that supports the Sierra Clubâ€™s conservation mission by connecting people with the natural world and with the club.â€Â Not only do they bring satisfaction to existing members but are an excellent opportunity to reach out to new people. As one new member put it, â€œI went on an outing and ended up at the meetings.â€
Post by Billy Wildberger and Dave Wilson