Leader Badges

A listing of the different types of Leader Badges in The Mountaineers, including what they mean and how to get them! Typically, members take courses, enhance their skills, and then "pay it forward" by leading trips, activities, seminars, and courses of their own for new members. Learn how to become one here!

Leader Badges acknowledge our members' initiative, skill, and donation of time to our organization. Typically, members take courses, enhance their skills, and then "pay it forward" by leading activities and coordinating or teaching courses, clinics and seminars!

Here are the leader badges that describe the skills of our leaders who have met our training and leadership qualifications. Please contact us at if you have any questions or suggestions.


Advisory Council

Advisory Council

This badge represents service as a member of the Advisory Council.

Alpine Scramble Leader

Alpine Scramble Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved by the leaders of their branch's Alpine Scramble Committee to lead alpine scrambles for The Mountaineers. Scrambles are trips with off-trail travel and a summit destination.

Alpine Scramble Leadership Course

Alpine Scramble Leadership Course

This badge represents successful completion of The Alpine Scramble Leadership Course. Alpine Scramble or Basic Climbing course graduates that have continued their climbing education and/or raised their leadership skills have completed this course.

Backcountry Ski Leader

Backcountry Ski Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead backcountry ski trips for The Mountaineers.

Backpack Leader

Backpack Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead backpacking trips for The Mountaineers.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors serve the organization by offering strategic direction and insight, and by providing financial and legal oversight. They offer their time and expertise, their financial support, and they serve as ambassadors of The Mountaineers in their communities.

Climb Leader

Climb Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead climbing trips for The Mountaineers.

Cross-Country Ski Leader

Cross-Country Ski Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead cross-country ski trips for The Mountaineers.

Fire Lookout Crew Leader

Fire Lookout Crew Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead fire lookout and related trail maintenance activities for The Mountaineers.

Future Climb Leader Training Seminar

Future Climb Leader Training Seminar

This badge represents successful completion of the Future Climb Leader Training Seminar.

Global Adventures Leader

Global Adventures Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead Global Adventures trips for The Mountaineers. Global Adventures is a program that offers multi-day adventures beyond the Pacific Northwest, both domestic and abroad.

Hike Leader

Hike Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved as a hike leader for The Mountaineers.

Naturalist Leader

Naturalist Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead Naturalist-related activities for The Mountaineers.

Outdoor Center Host

Outdoor Center Host

The holder of this badge has been approved to host guests and members at Mountaineers Outdoor Centers.

Outdoor Leadership Course

Outdoor Leadership Course

This badge represents successful completion of our Outdoor Leadership Course.

Photography Leader

Photography Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead photography-related trips and activities for The Mountaineers.

Qualified Youth Leader

Qualified Youth Leader

This badge represents successful completion of a background check and education about mandatory reporting, child abuse/neglect, and principles of safe supervision.

Sea Kayak Leader

Sea Kayak Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead Sea Kayak trips for The Mountaineers

Ski/Snowboard Leader

Ski/Snowboard Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead ski and/or snowboard trips for The Mountaineers.

Skipper

Skipper

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead sailing trips for The Mountaineers.

Snowshoe Leader

Snowshoe Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead snowshoe activities for The Mountaineers.

Stewardship Leader

Stewardship Leader

The holder of this badge has been trained in skills that advance the stewardship mission of The Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers Leader of the Year

The Mountaineers Leader of the Year

This is the award given to the one volunteer in the entire organization who has contributed to the mission of The Mountaineers in a way that exceeds all expectations of our many exceptional volunteers. This is an organization-wide award strives to identify the Mountaineers Leader whose trips have received the best feedback, maintained the safety and enjoyment of his or her groups, and gotten large numbers of people outside!

Trail Crew Leader

Trail Crew Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead trail maintenance activities for The Mountaineers.

Trail Run Leader

Trail Run Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved as a trail run leader for The Mountaineers.