Camp Chewonki Trip Leaders are kind, empathetic, thoughtful, and fun adults who are responsible for caring for the health and well-being of a group of campers for the duration of each trip. The Trip Leader position is an integral part of the Camp Chewonki culture. Trip Leaders are ultimately responsible for the safety of the participants and execution of all trip details. This includes preparing itinerary, evacuation, and resupply information; packing group gear and well balanced meals; ensuring the participants are prepared with correct gear and knowledge of trip; facilitating a positive learning environment; and teaching age appropriate technical, interpersonal, and natural history skills. Our backcountry trips focus on one or more of the following disciplines: canoeing, sea kayaking, and backpacking. The Trip Leader must also be prepared to be an exemplary role model, establish group expectations and values, and have a commitment to working through all conditions with their participants, both environmentally and emotionally.
At Least 21 years old
Current Wilderness First Responder Certification
Pass Background Check
Ability to lift up to 50 lb and work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to live and work in a small community
Plan and prepare for assigned trips
Develop a positive co-leader dynamic between other trip leaders and/or cabin leaders
Support other trip programs when not in the field by assisting with equipment repair, food stocking, teaching watercraft lessons, driving, or other tasks as needed.
Practice professional presentation and communication with participants and their families, co-workers, and the public
Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp, both on campus and on trip
About Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki is a school, camp and environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.