The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. Our mission is to teach and inspire people from Maine and beyond to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and fun nature-based experiences. We strive to develop lifelong skills and a sense of community spirit.
As a leadership program instructor, your role is as a mentor and coach as teens learn different leadership styles through wilderness adventures over multiple-week sessions. These programs are designed for teenagers and involve wilderness trip leading and in-camp leadership instruction. Participants learn leadership styles, communication skills, and group building, as well as more detailed environmental education and ethics. To be effective, instructors must have a genuine interest in building their capacity as a positive role model through teaching applicable hard skills needed to find success in the back-country while applying best leadership practices.
Trip aspects of the leadership program features hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail through the 100 mile wilderness climaxing with a summit of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park.
Co-lead a three-week, outdoor leadership programs for teenagers (co-ed, max. 10/session). Each program session includes a 13 day backpacking trip. NOTE: includes weekend work.
Plan lessons/schedules and implement leadership curriculum; teach a variety of skills: listening, communication, team-building, low-impact camping, conflict resolution, canoe safety and canoeing skills, backpacking, map and compass, general ecology, basic first aid, and knot tying; prepare food for trips; coordinate logistical support; food/equipment deliveries, emergency support, etc.
Role model healthy living, positive energy, diversity, and clear communication; engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation and meal times.
Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times; facilitate group conflicts and strive to encourage problem-solving and decision-making; live-in and supervise cabin of up to 6 program participants of same gender.
Evaluate program regularly with Director.
Role model good stewardship for the environment.
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Demonstrated responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
Related experience working with teenagers and teaching in the outdoors.
Substantial camping/backpacking/canoeing experience.
Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (or ability to obtain).
Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with 35+lbs. packs for extended days and ability to assist in carrying canoes (85 lb.) with others.
Preferred: Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record.
Preferred: Wilderness First Responder, Small Craft Water Safety Certification.
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