Trails Skills Course Offered May 10th-12th

ccsawThe Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are now accepting registrations for our 2013 Trail Skills Course. This course is designed to enhance your understanding of backcountry trails maintenance projects and to offer you skills to draw from in case of a medical emergency in the backcountry. This is a two-session, 4-module course consisting of a one-day Crosscut and Chainsaw Use module, a two-day Trails Building module, an evening CPR Certification module, and a two-day Wilderness First Aid Training module.  Participation in the Trails Maintenance session 1 is required to be eligible for the First Aid session 2.  We are offering this course free to our volunteers, with meals and campground sites provided during session 1.  We ask that after receiving this training, participants commit to serving as a volunteer hike leader or project leader for the Friends twice over the course of the next two years.

Session 1:  Crosscut/Chainsaw Use and Trails Building

This half of the course is scheduled for May 10th through May 12th.  It will be held at the Bull River Campground on the Kootenai National Forest.  The Crosscut/Chainsaw Use module will take place on Friday, May 10th, from 10:00-4:30.  This module will be led by the USFS and will cover Chainsaw and Crosscut Saw operation, maintenance, and safety.  The Trails Building module is a two-day module, from 8:30am until 4:30pm for both May 11th and May 12th.  It will be conducted by the Montana Trails Association (MTA) and includes topics such as trail project logistics and trail classification and maintenance.   Campgrounds and meals will be provided for this session!

Session 2:  CPR Certification and Wilderness First Aid

            This half of the course is scheduled during the last week of June, and is being offered at two time slots, June 24th- June 26th, and June 28th-June 30th.  It is will be held at the WaterLife Discovery Center near Sandpoint, ID.  The CPR course is a short evening course where participants may receive current certification for CPR.  The Wilderness First Aid training is a two-day module (exact times TBA) and will prepare volunteers to address first aid emergencies in the backcountry.  This session will be conducted by Longleaf Wilderness Medicine.  Participants will need transportation and bagged lunches.

To register and reserve your spot for these events, please fill out the form below.  Registration deadline is May 7th, 2013.

Trail Skills Course Volunteer Registration Form

Thank you for your interest in our Trails Skills Course! This is a two-day course covering four modules, attendance of all sessions is not required but encouraged! Campsites can be reserved at no-cost by indicating your camping preferences in the appropriate spot below.
  • Please read our Volunteer Liability Waver and check off in the box below indicating you have done so and agree.
  • Please list the full name and phone number of a contact who may help in case of an emergency.
  • Please list any medical conditions you have currently. Examples include bad back, hypertension, diabetic, etc. This information will not be shared but may be critical in the case of an emergency.
  • Include all allergies known, including environmental, food, or medication allergies, and what you do for treatment of allergic reactions.
  • Please list any medications you are currently taking.
  • Please select all the training modules you will be attending
  • FSPW will be providing campfire entertainment Saturday evening. If you would like us to reserve a campsite for you, please indicate here.

If you have further questions regarding this course and its details, please email them to

Thank you for your participation in this fun and educational training event!


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