Your Connection To the Outdoors

Trip Leaders

Of especial interest to those who lead, or are interested in leading, chapter trips.

The World is our Classroom: An Afternoon with Author Cindy Ross

Cindy’s story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas. This Canada-Mexico trek illustrated to Cindy and her husband what experiential education can do. Inspired by the experience, they went on to create a new way of supplementing their children’s education, focusing on two arenas for learning: the natural world and travel.

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Berkshire Bash (Annual Meeting) Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for this year's Berkshire Bash.

Please join all Berkshire Chapter members and friends at our annual dinner meeting! The 2016 Berkshire Bash takes place on Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Tickets are $20 each, and admission includes a buffet dinner and our featured speaker, Ed Webster. There will be a cash bar. We will also have a short business meeting with the election of our Executive Committee members for the coming year.

Ed Webster to speak at this year's Berkshire Bash

We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.

Berkshire Bash News

Jon Hanauer, Appie of the Year
Presentation by Sabine Prather and Jan Alicia Nettler

Appie of the Year Award, New Chairperson, Great Speaker

At this year’s Bash, our Annual Meeting, we elected new officers, gave out the Appie of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement from a Volunteer, and heard Tom Wessels give a captivating talk.

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

Expand your hiking skills and learn to love winter. Workshop will provide information on hike preparation, proper gear, hydration, nutrition, and how to stay warm for winter hiking in Western Mass. Workshop will be followed by a series of progressive winter hikes.

November 02, 2015 6:30PM - 9:00PM (Mon)
November 2, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM
Northampton Unitarian Society, Social Room
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Berkshire Chapter Member Potluck, Saturday, March 23rd

Photo of the Florence Civic Center

Are you looking for great local things to do, and new activities to try? Please come and see what AMC Berkshire is all about, or come see old friends!

It's all happening on Saturday, March 23 at 6 PM at the Florence Civic Center at 90 Park Street in the center of Florence (directions). We’ll check out this historic building and setting, new to us. Ideally, we'll get a chance to socialize outdoors on the lovely wrap-around porch. We’ll have trip leaders and committee tables to show members and visitors alike where we’ve been, and show how you can get out on the trails, rivers, lakes, and mountains around us. There will also be folks from the Appalachian Trail Committee and Noble View Outdoor Center to talk about the fun of getting involved with trail work and outdoor education.

Berkshire/Worcester Chapters Leadership Training

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning and management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene control, leader awareness, and decision-making. Fee of $40 includes 2-day training and materials. Overnight lodging available for $20/night. Advance payment requested. Existing leaders attend at no charge.

Minors On Trips

A child under age 18 may participate in any chapter trip if the following three conditions are met:

• The trip leader's prior consent is obtained;
• The minor is accompanied on the trip by an adult who agrees take responsibility for him or her; and
• The minor's parent or legal guardian signs for the minor on the liability release form according to Trip Participation Policy that all trip participants must sign.