Adventure Trips Leader

Job Description

Come join our team of passionate leaders this summer at Camp Burgess & Hayward’s Adventure Trips! Camp Burgess & Hayward’s Adventure Trips offers 12 – 17 year olds a unique summer experience starting at our Base Camp on Cape Cod.  We offer trips focused on kayaking, surfing, biking, SCUBA, and camping.  Our trips also involve swimming, canoeing, high ropes, outdoor cooking, and exploring the many beaches and summer activities that Cape Cod has to offer.  Our summer season includes two weeks of paid training where we will cover group management, logistics, and technical skills- prior experience with all of our trip focuses is not necessary.

We provide a fun and supportive atmosphere for our campers to try new activities and forge lasting friendships.  We strive to instill a love of the outdoors in our participants, while fostering leadership skills, encouraging effective communication, and living in a communal environment.  Please see our website for more information about our programs.


  • Co-lead 8-12 campers throughout the summer on 6 to 12 day co-ed excursions around Cape Cod, the Islands, and beyond
  • Ensure safety of participants at all times
  • Be a good role model for fellow staff members and campers, and embody the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility
  • Facilitate meal planning and preparation
  • Create a fun environment, foster a positive group dynamic, and facilitate debriefing of group activities to encourage learning and growth
  • Effectively teach outdoor and trip-specific skills to campers. Contracted professionals facilitate some activities, including surfing and SCUBA
  • Drive 10-passenger vans, 15 passenger buses, and tow trailers with vehicles
  • Manage trip finances and logistics
  • Keep paperwork organized and up-to-date
  • Manage and care for equipment


  • Genuine passion for working with teens in the outdoors
  • 21+ years old with a clean driving record
  • Current Lifeguard and First Aid/CPR Certifications or be willing to obtain prior to start date
  • WFR or WFA highly desired
  • Experience working with youth in a leadership and mentorship role, managing group dynamics, and coordinating logistics
  • Safety-conscious, energetic, flexible, responsible, patient, fun and compassionate
  • Paddling, biking, surfing, camping, and outdoor experience preferred

AVAILABILITY:  June 10 – August 17, 2018​, with opportunities for fall employment in Outdoor Education potentially available

$385/week  · Trip Leaders receive two weeks of paid training, staff lodging in a large platform tent or yurt, all meals while working, and free access to laundry machines and internet. This position provides a great opportunity to develop leadership skills both personally and professionally and in a wide range of outdoor pursuits. You will be working as part of a supportive, experienced, and fun-loving community – all while enjoying the beauty of summer on Cape Cod!

To Apply

Email a resume to Adventure Trips Director Rebecca Salter at [email protected] to apply.  Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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