Spend your summer mentoring young people, teaching and playing in woods and rivers, and learning and growing as part of an amazing camp community! Gwynn Valley, a co-ed summer camp located just outside of Brevard, North Carolina, is seeking a Backpacking Instructor for our upcoming season. You’ll work in our “Mountainside” program (for middle-school-aged campers) alongside specialists in rock climbing, mountain biking, white water canoeing, and earth skills. As a backpacking instructor, you’ll teach beginner-level backpacking skills (map navigation, water purification, tarpcraft, bear hangs, etc.) and conduct various other activities during the day, supervise a cabin group at night, and go on four multi-day off-site backpacking trips over the course of the summer. We trek in beautiful Pisgah National Forest, hiking on average four to six miles per day. Plus, you’ll eat amazing food in our dining hall, make lifelong friends, learn new skills, build connections with outdoor industry professionals, save money (free room and board!) and have one of the best summers of your life!

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


- Experience backpacking and camping in remote wilderness environments
- Experience teaching, supervising, and mentoring young people in wilderness settings (especially children ages 12 - 14)
- Passion for working with children, exploring the woods, and teaching camping skills"

About Gwynn Valley Camp

Gwynn Valley is a co-ed residential summer camp located just outside of Brevard, North Carolina. We offer a farm, wilderness and traditional program that nurtures each camper while fostering a connection with the land and the simple joys of childhood. Gwynn Valley is a child-centered world where each camper learns and grows under the guidance of a mature and caring staff.

Application Instructions

Email a copy of your resume to [email protected] or submit an application at https://gwynnvalley.com/staff/apply-online/