Adventure Trip Leaders will supervise and care for trip campers in loco parentis. Trip Leaders must work well with a co-leader in a remote setting, away from Frost Valley YMCA resources and guidance. The ability to foresee and prevent potential hazards and camper issues is crucial to leading a successful trip. Trip Leaders are responsible for preparing final logistics for each assigned trip and to ensure they have all of the equipment necessary to run a trip safely and successfully. Facilitating a camper’s experience to be positive and insightful is also crucial to this position. The successful candidate truly enjoys working with children of various Frost Valley programs and desires to share their love for the outdoors. We send trips out to Maine, NH, VT, PA, NY and several other sites and our trips include backpacking, hiking, camping, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, climbing and service elements. Our primary youth demographics are ages 10-17.
-21 years old
-Current Wilderness First Responder or willingness to get
-Experience working with youth and teens ages 9-15 in an outdoor setting, or a strong desire to gain experience in such an environment
-Able to hike 8-10 miles in rugged, uneven terrain per day with a pack weight one third of one’s body weight. In good physical health overall is a must.
-Ability to work long hours, including evening and late-night programs under high stress
-Ability to be flexible to sudden changes in schedule, staff and campers
-Present a strong, positive model for kids and fellow staff members
-Possess excellent communication and group facilitation skills
-Ability to identify and mitigate risk to ensure positive and incident free experiences for participants.
About Frost Valley YMCA
Frost Valley YMCA is the premier summer camp located in New York’s Catskill Mountains only a couple of hours from New York City. The camp offers one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the country for children. With 112 summers under our belt, Frost Valley is guided by our mission to build a healthy mind, body, & spirit for all. Children from all backgrounds come together to try exciting & new things in a safe environment while building friendships. All of our camping programs believe in character development through our 8 core values: Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship.