Cabin leaders are typically selected by the school that is bringing the largest volume of students for a given session. The cabin leader is traditionally a high school junior or senior that is cleared through their school to attend. Occasionally a school may choose to bring adult chaperones. These chaperones must be cleared through the designated volunteer protocol of a school and School District. It is the responsibility of the recruiting school to make sure that all protocol is fulfilled before attendance.
The responsibilities of the cabin leader include:
- Monitoring cabin behavior (1-2 Cabin Leaders per cabin depending on size of group).
- Assisting the Naturalists on curriculum hikes (Helping to enforce expectations, set up activities and participate).
- Supervising meal behavior, set-up and clean-up
- Leading group bonding activities in your cabin, facilitating clean-up process for morning and evening cabin inspections by Naturalists.
- Communicating any concerns or questions with the Education Director, Program Coordinator, Naturalists and Teachers.
- Escorting students to their activities on time.
- Creating a community within your cabin, in your hiking group and with all students.
- Being an active member of the community the entire duration of the program (4 days and 3 nights).
Are you interested in becoming a cabin leader for The Outdoor School? To come and be a part of the program you must be at least sixteen years of age, in good academic standing (if you are a high school student), and selected by a teacher that is bringing their class. If you need more information then talk with your high school guidance counselor or contact. You can also email the Education Director and find out what schools in your area are attending and when they will be coming.
Note: You will be missing at least four days of school and must stay at The Outdoor School during the entire session. You will be asked to work many hours and are responsible for students during quiet hours. No cell phones, candy, I-pods, hair dryers or electronics are allowed. Selected cabin leaders will participate in training upon arrival. You can earn community service hours upon successful completion of the job and by direct request to the Education Director. All cabin leaders must fill out the Health History & Informed Consent form found in the Cabin Leader Handbook. Any medications must be signed off by a doctor (for those under 18) and checked into the Health Lodge upon arrival.