Camp Wojtyla Backpacking Instructor Details
Camp Wojtyla backpacking instructors will serve on a team of experienced and qualified individuals to help lead young people through transformative experiences in the wilderness.
Instructors can expect to be on a small team of trip leaders who will take groups of unexperienced campers on 6-12 day backpacking trips in the Rocky Mountains. These trips cover wilderness travel and living, but at the core are steeped in faith-based growth and activities for the campers. Trip leaders should be willing to model and lead technical backcountry/camping skills as well as activities and discussions on the spiritual life (to be covered in training). Some of the summer expeditions will travel through high alpine environments, exposed terrain, and wildlife territory. Safety of the staff and campers is a key element of these trips, and is a responsibility of the instructor. After a 2.5 week training period, instructors will lead up to 4 trips throughout the course of the summer, with time in-between at CW’s base camp. Backpacking instructors will report to the Summer Backpacking Coordinator(s). Individuals in this position can expect long days and hard work; this investment is typically accompanied by an extremely rewarding summer filled with continued learning, growth, and development (spiritually and technically) of the instructor. Food and living accommodations are included.
Experience leading multi-day backpacking trips
Great physical fitness, no limiting conditions
Desire to serve the Church and work with young people
Hold Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification*
Minimum age: 19 (and at least one year out of high school)
Previous experience serving with Camp Wojtyla or another outdoor, faith-based ministry
Knowledge of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem and alpine travel
Excellent navigation skills
Multiple backcountry trip experiences of 6+ days
Open to work for multiple summers
DATES AND COMPENSATION
Summer Commitment: May 28 - August 1, 2019
Optional trainings: WFR* - expect 6-10 days in May; Leader Training Course: May 13-19 (tentative) - possibility/necessity of these trainings to be discussed in interview
Compensation will be determined based on experience and certifications; instructors can expect $2000-$3000 for the summer. Despite the compensation, this is still considered a servant leadership position. Compensation is provided because CW recognizes that many of the experiences, certifications, and skills required for this position are obtained through an investment of time and money on behalf of the candidate
*Note on WFR certification: If you are experienced in the backcountry, but do not already hold a Wilderness First Responder Certification, Camp Wojtyla is willing to financially assist you with this valuable training. If you are interested but do not have the certification, discuss options with CW staff during application process
Submit the full Camp Wojtyla counselor application online. One of your references must be from an outdoor professional. Email proof of WFR certification (or date of intended certification) and a trip log with your outdoor experiences (see example below) to Beth at email@example.com. Feel free to email with any questions on application, position, or qualification requirements.