Camp Chewonki for Girls is an introductory experience for girls who are new to camp. The majority of the ten-day session will be spent at Chewonki’s Fourth Debsconeag Base Camp in the North Woods of Maine. As a Yurt Leader, you will help facilitate this magical experience of living in a small community, participating in nature-based activities, and traveling on a short wilderness trip.
The Yurt Leader position is an integral part of the summer team at Chewonki. The Yurt Leader is ultimately responsible for the safety of the participants which includes ensuring the participants are prepared, facilitating a positive learning environment, and teaching age-appropriate technical, interpersonal, and natural history skills. The Yurt 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 18 years old
- Wilderness Advanced First Aid or higher certification
- Must Pass Background Criminal Check
- Maine State Trip Leader Permit
- Small Craft Safety for Water Based Trip Leaders
- Attend Staff Training per Employment Agreement
- Attend necessary Driver Training
- Risk Management- We manage risk constantly in our everyday lives and even more so while out in the field. From deciding when to pull out at an intersection to evaluating the weather patterns and group energy levels while paddling a section of whitewater. Risk management means being able to evaluate not only physical risk but also social and emotional risk in a way that keeps participants challenged and safe.
- Leadership- We are looking for trip leaders who have experience taking a leadership role of some kind, be it in education, another outdoor organization, or service. We look for people who have compassion, patience, enthusiasm, and vigor.
- Technical- We are looking for leaders who possess the required technical skills to feel comfortable in remote wilderness settings while caring for participants. Experience planning, preparing, and executing short to extended backpacking, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, or sea kayaking trips is recommended.
- Interpersonal- Being able to effectively communicate with peers, participants, and support staff is a critical skil. We are looking for leaders who can give and receive feedback, teach engaging and inspiring lessons, and work with people from different backgrounds.
Approximate 2019 Dates
Staff Training: 7/20
Girl’s Introductory Session: 7/21 -7/31
We are looking for a wide range of personalities and abilities for our 10-day Yurt Leaders. Working for the 10-day program can be a stand-alone commitment or combined with other trips during the summer. If you think you have the skills and temperament required to do take on this responsibility we’d love to speak with you, answer questions and help you learn more about a summer at Chewonki. Please follow this link to apply for a yurt leader position at Camp Chewonki.
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