Critical Point, Tread, Inside Edge and Back slope. Don’t forget to cut your slough and Berm! Crew Leaders learned about these terms and how to create the perfect trail at the Colorado Youth Corps Association’s training May 24-26.

Volunteers from OSI (Outdoor Stewardship Institute) and VOC (Volunteers Outdoor Colorado) came to beautiful Golden, CO to train this summer’s youth corps leaders. Colorado Springs & Denver Crew Leaders joined Crew Leaders from around the state for a three day training. Workshops included trail building and maintenance, rockwork (where we learned how to talk to the rocks), and ecological restoration.

Participants were inspired by the volunteer teachers who had spent years in the woods, preserving the earth. One teacher was even missing a diaphragm, yet spent the entire day outdoors keeping up with the 20 year olds and passing on his knowledge of conservation. The most important message: STAY SAFE! You only get ONE body.

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