Camp W LLC Wilderness Trip Leader
Trip Leaders are responsible for holding the “big picture” of each program day and ensuring that programs are operated in accordance with program and organizational protocols.
Embark on one-week adventures with campers ages 8-17 to locations around our Southern Vermont Mountain and beyond while facilitating development in outdoor living skills, nature appreciation, and personal growth.
At Camp W we work daily to achieve a cultural intervention that will bring back into our modern lives a necessary and healthy relationship with the natural world. At Camp W we are champions of land and village. We are navigators of an epic world that needs to exist. We are a community where we remember the celebration of hearth, family, respect for the land and a timeless human story.
In all that we do, we role model a sense of appreciation, gratitude, and reverence for the abundance that the natural world provides for us. Through this act of thanksgiving we begin to see our direct impacts and the great potential we each have to nurture the health of our environment as well as our human family. Leading from the heart in all of our interactions has illuminated our lives in ways that we model for all youth.
Risk Management: Successful Trip Leader candidates will be able to demonstrate effective risk-benefit analysis in a remote setting. Decision-making should balance safety, learning, and fun with an emphasis on conservative judgment when evaluating the intersection of environmental and human risk factors.
Interpersonal: Successful Trip Leader candidates will demonstrate clear and concise communication with campers and co-workers. Working with children requires creating safe and inclusive spaces where their identities and experiences are seen and affirmed. We are looking for leaders who can deliver, receive, and integrate feedback. We are also looking for people who are ready to have a lot of fun and infuse camp with a sense of joy for life.
Technical: Successful Trip Leader candidates will demonstrate the required technical skills to feel comfortable in remote settings while caring for participants. Experience planning, preparing, and executing short to extended backpacking, canoeing, or sea kayaking trips is recommended.
Educational and Leadership: Successful Trip Leader candidates will have experience in one of the fields of education, childcare, outdoor recreation, or other child-focused industry. Most importantly, successful candidates are dedicated to lifelong learning and are willing and able to take ownership for their development as an outdoor education professional.
Strong applicants enjoy working with children/teens, are calm in uncertain situations, are able to manage their own time/responsibilities, and are confident in their ability to contend with unique situations and problem solve in a backcountry setting. Trip Leaders must have experience in backcountry hiking/camping and either have a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification or the ability to acquire one.
Trip Leader Skills
• High level of experience being out in the wilderness, and high level of comfort leading others in the wilderness
• Able to lead a variety of trips: backpacking, canoeing, climbing
• Knowledge and practice of wilderness medicine. (WFR certification or ability to acquire one)
• Extremely organized; can handle the management of multiple areas of trip leading: including people, equipment, and logistics
• Trip Leaders are self-reliant, have good judgement, and will be calm and collected
Trip Leader Tasks
• Help execute numerous trips of different types
• Understand, meet with the Wilderness Coordinator, and provide backup plans
• Complete all pre-trip tasks including: write trip itinerary, pack gear, pack food, pre-trip contact with each participant
• Organize equipment for trips
• Complete all post-trip tasks including: clean, repair, and store all gear, debrief with Wilderness Coordinator
• Practice and educate campers on Leave No Trace principles
About Camp W
The diverse and wild ecosystems that span more than 250 acres across our mountain offer the best of convenience and vast natural beauty to explore. At Camp W we work daily to achieve a cultural intervention that will bring back into our modern lives a necessary and healthy relationship with the natural world. At Camp W we are champions of land and village. We are navigators of an epic world that needs to exist. We are a community where we remember the celebration of hearth, family, respect for the land and a timeless human story.