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Camp W

  • 83 Waubanong Road, Brattleboro, VT
  • www.campw.org

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Wilderness Trip Leader

Camp W is a place where each individual can feel at home among peers and mentors within the elements of nature. Experiencing the non-judgmental simplicity and expansiveness of nature within a supportive group creates a powerful space for healthy personal growth. Campers try new activities in a supportive environment where, regardless of their level, they can thrive and grow.


min experience

salary range

$1.5k - $1.7k / month

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Co-lead 3-day canoeing and backpacking adventures with campers ages 8-17 to locations around Vermont while facilitating development in outdoor living skills, nature appreciation, and personal growth.

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.

When not on an off-site trip, trip leaders will facilitate camp activities as an Activities Counselor and provide staff support as needed.


Minimum Requirements

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, etc.
  • Knowledge and practice of wilderness medicine. (Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, 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 in uncertain situation
  • Time management; keep up with the trip itinerary in the wilderness as well as planning appropriate meal times and snacks
  • Stamina; trip leaders are on 24/7 when they are in the wilderness and are expected to meet the physical demands of each trip
  • Community involvement; when not in the backcountry trip, leaders will perform wilderness-related tasks at camp, facilitate main camp activities, and be a positive and active part of the community
  • Experience in leading trips in the backcountry, and the ability to use a map and compass


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