Trail Counselor / Guide

Location: Ely, MN (Camp Widijiwagan 3788 North Arm Rd)

Job Description


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



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