SFBAC HAT Upcoming Courses:

#2 CoursesJune 10-11, 2017  &  June 17-18, 2017 

(07:30) 08:00am-5:00pm

June 24-25, 2017

September 30, 2017

October 11 & 20-22, 2017

December 2, 2017 & January 13-14, 2018

March 10-11, 2018


  • HAT: Canoeing Awareness/Wilderness Canoe Tripping

TBD for 2018  

  • HAT: Leave No Trace Trainer

TBD for 2018

Click the course title links above to Register Now! 


Training is the foundation on which a safe and enjoyable outdoor program is built. Every unit needs adult leaders who have participated in High Adventure training. High Adventure training is intended for adults, but exceptional senior Scouts may participate. Youth participation is limited to those who are 16 years or older and accompanied by an adult leader from their unit.

The High Adventure Training Team of the San Francisco Bay Area Council is a group of volunteer Scouters who enjoy backpacking and working together to approve and develop trail awards, promote the High Adventure program, and provide training to adult leaders. The team has prepared a series of courses to develop back-country competency and proficiency among Scout Leaders and Older Scouts for leading treks and activities in the back country. The team supplies training and experiences that develop an awareness of backpacking and wilderness skills so that wilderness travel and sport can be conducted in a Safe and Environmentally responsible manner. The High Adventure Team Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested in joining this great team should email Jim Ferenz, HAT Committee Chairman at smjim@pacbell.net.

Some HAT courses requre a current Annual Health and Medical Record parts A,B&C.  See course description page for more details.

For more information about each individual course, see the course descriptions below. Contact information can also be found for each course director below. 


For more information, contact SFBAC-HAT Committee Chair Jim Ferenz


training patchHAT: Basic Backpack Awareness 



    The SFBAC HAT Proudly Presents:


March 10-11, 2018

  Hat Institute for Higher Learning  (Del Valle HS) in Livermore

    In an effort to reach a broader audience and take some of the mystery out of the outdoors, the SFBAC High Adventure Team is restructuring our fundamental courses.  Starting in 2016 we will be offering a Basic CORE Class that will serve as the base foundation for all of the other courses.  Adults should start with this building block to begin their journey into High Adventure. 

This course provides the foundation for all other HAT courses. It is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the Position Specific Training for Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster (including the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills). It covers the common skills and techniques required for any High Adventure activity and focuses on the skills and knowledge required for planning and leading a successful, safe and enjoyable backpacking trek. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Basic Equipment and First Aid, Wilderness Navigation, Food, Wilderness Safety, and Leave No Trace. A HAT (High Adventure Team) number will be issued to adults upon successful completion of this course. Course will be conducted on a Friday evening & full day Saturday format.  Contact the course director Dick Smith for any questions at janrichard@aol.com  with any questions.

Date: March 10 -11, 2018


  • Saterday 03/10: 8am-5pm
  • Sunday 03/11: 8am-12pm 

Location: Del Valle High School, 2253 Fifth Street Livermore, CA 94550

Subject matter covers such items as:

  • Trek Planning
  • Leadership and Risk Management
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Evacuation
  • Food Planning and Preparation
  • Wilderness Navigation
  • No Trace Camping
  • Equipment (Personal and Group)
  • Weather
  • Stoves and Fuels
  • and several other specialty classes

Required: A current Annual Health and Medical Record parts A,B&C.

Cost: Early registration: $60.  

Register here!!

For more information contact Dick Smith


HAT: Canoeing Awareness/Wilderness Canoe Tripping


This course covers the skills and knowledge for planning and leading a safe and enjoyable canoe trip. Course topics include: canoe handling, packing to stay dry, wet weather fires, trip planning, group organization, and gear. Canoes & equipment for the outdoor sessions will be provided. YOU MUST BRING PROOF OF CURRENT COMPLETION of SAFE SWIM DEFENSE, SAFETY AFLOAT, and BSA Basic Swim Test to the indoor session. You must attend all sessions to complete the course. 

This HAT course centers on the needs of council adults taking youth on canoe trips to satisfy point 6 of the Safety Afloat course:

 "Skill Proficiency. Everyone afloat must be trained and experienced in handling and safety skills of the craft in use."

The scope encompasses local day trips, multi-day canoe camping and national trips. 


Date: TBD for 2018

Time: TBD for 2018 

Location: TBD for 2018 

Register here!!


Date: TBD for 2018

Where: TBD for 2018

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HAT: Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Date: TBD for 2018

Time: TBD for 2018 

Location: TBD for 2018


Overnight camping is part of this course.

Participants learn LNT principles, skills and ethics through a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on activities. They learn and practice techniques for teaching these concepts.


Those completing the course will be BSA Leave No Trace Trainers, recognized by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the BSA.

Those who complete the course are prepared to:

  • Understand, demonstrate, and teach minimum impact techniques to friends, family, scouting groups, and other community groups.
  • Teach BSA Leave No Trace 101 Awareness class, general Leave No Trace Awareness seminars, and lead LNT activities at Scouting events.
  • Lead discussions on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic.
  • Scouts (14 and above) are also qualified to fill the new Leave No Trace Trainer position within their unit.


This course is open to all registered members of the BSA, age 14 and above.

Cost: $50 (includes program materials, Saturday Dinner, Sunday Breakfast, and Sunday lunch. (Participants to provide their own lunch on Saturday)

Register here!!


For more information contact:

Course Director Paul Nakao @ p.nakao@outlook.com


training patchHAT: Wilderness First Aid


(There is no paper registration for this course, all
        registrations must be done online).  

Date: There are two separate class sessions available:

  • Session 1: June 10 & 11, 2017  

Register here!!

  • Session 2: June 17 & 18,2017  

Register here!!

  • Location: Del Valle High School, 2253 Fifth Street Livermore, CA 94550

  • Time: 8am-5pm - Ms. Foster begins promptly, on time

Please arrive at 07:30 for check-in details

  • Cost: 

    • $110

    • Philmont Certificate- Additional $25

    • Pre-registration only

This Wilderness First Aid Class is designed to provide fun with lots of hands-on skills practice. This 16 hour class will give the students ample time to practice their first aid and leadership skills in on outdoor setting. 
The course will provide outdoor scenarios, which are the best place to practice and refresh first aid skills. Successful completion of the class includes a Wilderness First Aid certificate. This course and certificate is required for adult leaders attending Philmont next year. 

There is a class limit of 24. This course is designed for adult leaders. If there is space available, older scouts or venture crewmembers can attend. Advanced registration is highly recommended due to the popularity of the class.

It is recommended, but not required, that students taking this class should take an Adult CPR prior to attending this course. 

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. each day and concludes at 5:00 p.m.

Course is limited to the first 24 participants.

For additional information contact: Devon Nakao at devongs@yahoo.com


NEW for 2017!! Moving Water Class I & Intro to Whitewater Class II

Part 3: Introduction to Moving water Class I and Introduction to Whitewater Class II. With a Car camp at the Yolo County Camp Ground on the evening between the Moving and Whitewater sessions.

Date: June 24-25, 2017 

Some of the course topics include:  Teaching progression,  Fun training exercises for youth, Canoe handling,  Packing to stay dry, Trip planning, Group organization and gear, Hydrology,  Navigation

If you are planning to visit Northern Tier Canoe Base or do a 50 Miler this is a must course for your adult leaders. 


BSA rated swimmer, Annual Health and Medical Record, Safety Afloat & Safe Swim Defense. (on-line)

HAT CORE (recommended)

Cost:   $100  (Course fees cover boating equipment and campground fees and course text.)

Age Limitation (min): 16 years.

Register here!!

For more information contact Course director, Sam Steele @ Steeleratherbeskiing@comcast.net


HAT: Trail Cuisine

By popular demand, a HAT Backpack Cuisine course! This is a hands-on cooking for backpacking class presented by the HAT Staff. Students will learn to shop for provisions, pack them into bear canisters and use them to prepare youth and adult tested and approved recipes.  Students should bring their own backpacking stoves.  Class size limited to 24.

Download the COOKBOOK HERE!!

Date: September 30, 2017

Location: Del Valle High School, Livermore

Time: 8am-4pm

Cost: $30

Register here!! 

For more information contact:

Paul Nakao, p.nakao@outlook.com
Backpack Cuisine Course Director,
High Adventure Team, SFBAC 

NEW for 2017!! HAT: Basic Backpacking

This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading backpacking treks.

Dates: Wednesday, October 18th 7pm to 9pm @ YLTC in San Leandro

          Friday thru Sunday, October 20th-22nd 7pm to 12Noon @ Rancho Los Mochos

Course topics include:

  • Backpack Trek Planning,
  • Gear,
  • Food for the Backpacker,
  • Wilderness Safety,
  • Wilderness Emergencies,
  • Backcountry Living,
  • and Where to take a trek.

This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the HAT Core Course.

Register here!!

Contact the course director Dick Smith at janrichard@aol.com with any questions.

training patchHAT: Snow Camping Awareness

HAT will be offering their two-session Snow Camping Awareness Course in December and January. This course covers the skills and knowledge for planning and leading a safe and enjoyable snow camping trip. If you have never hiked or camped in the snow then this is the course for you. Some of the items that will be discussed are planning, transportation, weather, clothing, food, shelter and medical issues. The course consists of two sessions. The indoor session is held at Del Valle High School in Livermore and the outdoor session at Carson Pass (Elevation 8650 ft). The outdoor session is practical experience and includes traveling with your gear over the snow. For those who attend a patch will be given at the completion of the course.

  A current Annual Health and Medical Record parts A,B and C is required for this course.



  • December 2rd, 2017 at Del Valle High School in Livermore. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Session goes from 8 am-4 pm instruction
  • Saturday & Sunday January 13 - 14, 2018 Outdoor session at Carson Pass. -Condions vary for the outdoor course. Date may change due to extremely dangerous weather.

Cost: $40

Register here!!


Contact the course director Tony Farmer at fintek@pacbell.net for any questions.


training patchHAT: Re-Boot


HAT: Re-Boot 

*After carefully evaluating our offerings and where ReBoot fits into the program, we believe students would be best served returning to the CORE class to renew their SFBAC HAT number. We recommend this on a five year cycle.

Are you interested in the latest in First Aid, Hiking/Camping gear, cooking, LNT and more? Is your HAT completion certificate five or more years old? Then the HAT Re-Boot course is for you! Get the latest info, updated forms and requirements, etc. without all the repetition of taking the basic course a second time. Cheap, fun and informative. You can?t beat this one day overview of what is the latest in camping and backpacking. You must take this course every 5 years to keep your HAT blue card valid. 

Date: TBD FOR 2017

Location: Del Valle High School in Livermore 

Cost: $25 before October 22nd 

        $35 at the door.

For more information contact Sam Steele @ steeleratherbeskiing@comcast.net


HAT: Cycling Awareness

***TBD FOR 2017***


The HAT Cycling Awareness Course is offered to adult Scout Leaders, desiring to take Scouts on bicycle outings of eight hours or more. The course will focus on cycling fundamentals, cycling safety practices, conditioning, nutrition, attire, bike check-ups, basic maintenance and repair and many other topics and skills.

A current Annual Health and Medical Record parts A,B&C are required for this course.



Be an adult Scouter who knows how to ride a bike.


Class requirements:

Bring the bike you would ride on an outing of eight hours or more. Bring tools suitable for simple adjustments and inner tube changing. Wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring a bag lunch.

Class is limited to 20 participants.


For more information contact Glen Scoville @ gscoville@hotmail.com