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Trail Counselor / Guide

The Trail Counselor is responsible for leadership in group facilitation and wilderness camping for groups of teenagers, families, or adults.
Essential Functions
Provide professional leadership and instruction to all campers
Provide instruction in wilderness camping, canoeing, and backpacking, during overnight trips
Participate in camp programs, such as campfires, chapels, group singing, and games
Guide and influence the trail group's social interaction and personal growth
Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and apply the necessary behavior-management techniques
Promote the core values - Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility
Enforce safety and health regulations and emergency procedures
Complete all paperwork including camper Evaluations, parent letters and trip reports etc. in timely, high-quality manner
Is involved in the camp life and outside of summer programs when possible i.e. Reunion, Leaders club, staff training committees
Requirements
Qualifications - Required
Required certifications: Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and YMCA or Red Cross Life Guard Certification or Wilderness Water Safety
Experience or education in wilderness programs, camp, youth programs, or related field
Training or skills in wilderness camping, canoeing, backpacking, and/or trip planning
Strong organizational and communication skills
Rock Guide: requires documented climbing experience
River Guide: requires the physical ability to perform swimming and canoe rescues
Backpack Guide: requires the physical ability to perform trail rescues and first aid
Qualifications - Preferred
1 year experience in wilderness or camp counseling or related field
Leadership experience with groups of youth
One or two summers camp counseling
Wilderness camping experience
Physical Demands
Ability to communicate and work with groups of campers, adults and families
Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental, human and other hazards related to remote travel
Ability to lift and carry canoe and backpack weighing up to 100 lbs in rough and hilly terrain for extended periods of time


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