Wilderness Instructor for BOLD & GOLD

Enjoy the summer at YMCA Camp Cherokee exploring the South's great outdoors.

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Cherokee


Blacksburg, SC 29702

Camp Information

YMCA Camp Cherokee
1299 Camp Cherokee Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Job Description

Position Purpose:

The BOLD & GOLD program at Camp Cherokee is primarily single gender YMCA programs dedicated to inspiring courage and leadership in diverse groups of adolescent girls and boys through outdoor adventures and wilderness tripping. Summer of 2018 we will run 8 weeks of programming: 4 weeks of boys trips (BOLD) and 4 weeks of girls trips (GOLD). Activities may include backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, yoga, art, backcountry cooking and having fun. Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. Understanding more about what it means to be a young woman or man in today’s society informs how we view the world. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school on, to be the next generation of leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world. Find out more at www.ymcacampcherokee.org. We are currently hiring Wilderness Instructors for this coming summer for programs are based out of Blacksburg, SC.


Critical Success Factors and Qualifications:

  • Professional instructional experience in backpacking, rock climbing, and/or mountaineering preferred
  • Commitment to working with diverse groups
  • Excellent judgment and decision making skills
  • Strong group facilitation, communication, and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment for all participants
  • Experience making the transference of a wilderness experience relevant to the everyday lives of underserved youth
  • Experience facilitating activities addressing issues facing youth today
  • Experience in teaching secondary components of our trips such as art, yoga, music, literature, environmental sciences

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA (WFR preferred) and CPR by start date
  • Clear criminal background check; safe driving record
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Instructors must be available for training in late May/early June
  • 21 years of age by time of employment

Dates of employment: Seasonal summer position

Essential Functions

  • Teaching wilderness skills during 7 day backpacking trips, ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment
  • Create and build values-forming experiences for self-identified adolescents
  • Support Traditional Camp staff on a day-to-day basis, including but not limited to: high adventure classes, evening activities, and meals
  • Support the organization’s overall cultural competency development

Required Certifications

Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA (WFR preferred) and CPR by start date

Room and board provided


How to Apply

Apply by Email


Resumes Accepted Until

March 31, 2020

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