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Wilderness Leader


Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Camp Tawonga

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Groveland, California (in the Sierra Mountains just outside of Yosemite National Park)


Camp Tawonga is a co-ed residential children’s summer camp located outside Yosemite National Park. The campers range in age from 7-17 and participate in 1-week, 2-week, or 3-week programs throughout the summer. The Camp Tawonga Staff is a family of 160 dedicated individuals, working together to create a vital Jewish community where children thrive. This outstanding team includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds.

Camp Tawonga’s mission is to foster positive self-image for campers, create a cooperative community, teach children to live in partnership with nature, and offer children a positive experience of spirituality. The work at Camp is demanding, with long hours, high intensity, and little privacy. The rewards are great: the joy of helping children grow, the beauty of the mountains and river, and the camaraderie of working with other enthusiastic and caring staff.

This position requires that you be at least 21 years old with current Lifeguard and Wilderness First Responder or WEMT certification (if you are not already certified, Tawonga can reimburse the tuition costs of getting the required certifications). Experience with children and prior backpacking experience is essential; natural history, environmental education, challenge course facilitation, and Judaic knowledge are helpful. The season runs 5/31/2018 to 8/14/2018.

Wilderness Staff rotate through one or more of the following programs throughout the summer:

Backpacking Trip Leader: 
Lead bunk groups of 12 campers and 2 counselors on one and two night backpacking trips in the Sierras. Drive vans, lead hikes, set up camp, cook dinner on a camping stove, supervise swimming in mountain lakes and streams, teach LNT ethics and lead nature programming. Keep the group safe and happy, helping them bond with each other and with the outdoors.

Teen Adventure Quest Leader: 
Co-lead a group of teens on a multi-week van trip through California or the Pacific Northwest. Lead backpacking trip, drive vans, manage cooking and cleaning with teens, lead programming and group building, and interface with professional outfitters for rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and surfing.

Adventure Challenge Course Facilitator: 
Facilitate groups through low and high elements at our challenge course and climbing tower. Prior ropes course facilitation experience and rock climbing/belaying experience helpful.

Engage children in creative activities to foster nature appreciation and environmental education. Lead day hikes, river rock hops, fire building, orienteering, and storytelling, as well as garden-based programming in our organic garden. Implement traditional Tawonga programs and create new activities to engage campers about natural history, ecology, Jewish connections to nature, and Native American culture.

Compensation Information:

$2,800 plus room and board

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