Every year, WCC supervisors and crew members get three weeks of training at Ft. Worden State Park, near Port Townsend, WA.
The first week is NMOT (New Member Orientation and Training) in October, where we all learn about how to make the most of our year in WCC. NMOT classes included Civic Engagement, Living on a Budget, Salmon 101, Sexual Harassment Awareness/Prevention, Conflict Resolution and we all became CPR/First Aid certified!
The next two weeks, in March and June, are more intensive. We get to attend classes on two choices (one per week) from the following subjects:
We can also choose to train for a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification, which takes up both weeks.
GPS and GIS
Hazardous Waste Operator (Hazwoper)
Renewable Energy Technology
Search and Rescue
Swiftwater Rescue and Safety Ropes
Sustainable and Low Impact Development
Watershed Restoration and Wetlands
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Certification
Wildland Firefighter (Red Card)
Wildland Pumps and Saws
Woodworking at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Sunrise over Puget Sound from Fort Worden
Watershed Restoration and Wetlands class, learning about wetland delineation
Surveying the Dosewallips River for proper functioning conditions
Jen, making her way through root wads near the Duckabush River
Kyle using a crosscut saw with another crew member to cut a Douglas Fir log down to the right height for our stool legs
Splitting logs to make stool legs
Sawing a plank of wood to make a stool seat
Sara, using the shave horse and draw knife to shape a stool leg
Davis, using a spoke shave to round of the edges of the seat for his stool
What do you do if you finish your woodworking project early?
You make woodwind instruments, of course!
Davis, Sara, and Kyle, with their finished stools! (And a bat and flute..)
The woodworking class decided to build a bench during the last two days of training
Voila! Bench complete!
Amanda, splinting Colin’s leg as part of her WFR homework
Amanda, Colin, and Ali, staging Colin’s injury as a fall down the stairs
Ali and Amanda, showing off their splinting skills while Colin plays a very convincing patient
And last, but obviously not least, we learned at training…