Back Country Advanced Training

Back Country Advanced Training

What is Backcountry Advanced Training?

BAT is an interactive course designed for those Individuals and Units who are preparing for a high-adventure trek and for those interested in organizing first time backcountry activities for their Unit.

            The course is titled “Leave the Trailer Behind!” and is directed towards Individuals and Units that want to introduce more backpacking to their annual program. This is a great opportunity as a Unit activity for new or seasoned backpackers or to prepare for future backpacking treks.

            Two classroom sessions are followed by a weekend backpacking campout adventure.  The course features information and instruction detailing trek preparation, crew dynamics, and techniques of backpacking - hiking, camping, and preparing meals on the trail. 

            During the classroom sessions, participants are divided into crews to work out the details of trek planning that each new crew typically confronts.  Each crew is assigned a Ranger who leads the standard “shakedown” prior to hitting the trail.  Rangers also conduct hands-on training for their crew, including navigation and map reading, hydration and purification, backcountry menus and cooking, and the principles of Leave No Trace.

When and where?
Two evening classroom sessions plus a crew meeting are followed by a weekend backpack trek.
Class Session # 1 – 7:00pm, Wednesday February 12, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of Richardson
Class Session # 2 – 7:00pm, Wednesday February 19, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of Richardson
Crew Meeting – to be scheduled by crew with their Ranger before the overnighter
Overnighter - Two options available  Friday February 28 thru Sunday March 1, 2020 or Friday March 13 thru Sunday March 15, 2020 at Camp Meisenbach, Athens, TX

What is the Course Fee?

The fee for the course is $25.00 per person, which includes course materials, food for the weekend, and a nifty souvenir.  Pre-register now to reserve your place!   Pay online when you register.  


What do you need to bring?

  • Registration fee;
  • Medical Form – parts A and B – required at first session (will not be returned unless requested)
  • Notepad & pencil
  • Camping gear for the weekend – to be determined during classroom discussion

Course Director:  Todd Spraggins