WILDERNESS BACKPACKING GUIDES. Sonlight Adventures AKA Sonlight Christian Camp is a youth camp located in Southwest Colorado, near Pagosa Springs. Co-Lead 5 day wilderness backpacking treks into the largest wilderness area in Colorado, the Weminunche. High school youth and/or adults. 13 people maximum size group. Six different routes. Two weeks on the trail and one week at the camp preparing for the next backpack trip. Eight trips total. Late May til mid August. Compensation is $ 385-400/week plus room, board, laundry and worker’s comp.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills


Current WFR and CPR valid thru August 2022. Perferred one year of college or age 21 or over. Experience in leading backpack trips, use of Avenza, GPS, and ability to read paper maps and tundra weather desired. Understand and adhear to Leave No Trace principals. This is WILDERNESS. Love of the high mountains, the outdoors and sharing that with others is REQUIRED. Willingness to learn new backcountry skills.

Required Skills:

Ability to hike 12 miles a day and carry a 50 pound pack at altitudes of up to 13,000 feet. Mature, competent and full of energy required. Positive and enthusiastic is a MUST. This is NOT an easy job.

Preferred Skills:

Christian, love of teaching high school youth, excited about sharing your knowledge of the outdoors and the environment a MUST.

About Sonlight Adventures, Inc, Sonlight Christian Camp

Sonlight is a small non profit youth camp located in Southwest Colorado near Pagosa Springs. We are in our 43rd year of operation. Sonlight offers both resident and backpacking programs.

Application Instructions

Go to Sonlightcamp.org to check out the camp. This is Sonlight's 43rd summer of backpacking with high school kids. After reading about the camp and the job description, please apply online. Thank you.