Appalacian Mountain Club

Leadership Training

AMC NY-NoJ Leadership Training

Leadership training opportunities through the AMC include Local Outdoor Leadership & Training and Mountain Leadership 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.

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.