What do you look for in prospective leaders?

We look for college first years, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates with a strong desire to work with young people, extensive leadership experience, excellent judgment, superb problem solving skills, success working in team settings and leading with others, patience, humor and the determination and stamina to succeed in a challenging environment. The Backyard Basecamp community is supportive, wholesome and inclusive, and we seek individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and perspectives.

Who are Backyard Basecamp’s students?

Our students are 7 to 16 years old and come from across the country and around the world. We are committed to broadening access to all of our trips through our scholarship and financial aid programs (coming soon).

When can I expect to hear back from Backyard Basecamp?

We notify applicants of their status within 2-3 weeks of applying. Finalists are invited to interview. After that, we extend offers for specific trips to our top candidates.

How are trip placement decisions made?

We consider an applicant’s written application, previous leadership experience, references and interviews. We look for a match between the new leader, their prospective co-leader and a trip.

What is a Backyard Basecamp summer like?

There are three parts to the summer: Leader Training, Leading and Closing

Training takes place in part on your own, and in part at our 3 day leadership training, where we learn further safety practices, build relationships with our co-leader, and grow our leadership skills.

Over the course of their various trips, leaders will be responsible for maintaining health and well-being of their students, managing day-to-day logistics, transporting students in a 15-passenger van (on some trips towing a utility trailer), working within a budget, planning and organizing meals, completing required paperwork, communicating with the Backyard Basecamp office and photographing the experience.Leaders manage risks in the field and serve as positive role models to students, working to bring every member of the group together as a team.

The summer ends with exit interviews and reviews of experiences (over the phone). Leaders wrap up the experience by writing each of their campers letters of support.

What reimbursements do you offer for certifications and travel?

We reimburse for CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid. While you do not need any certifications to apply, if hired you will need to arrive at leader training with CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid, and potentially lifesaving training. We will reimburse you for travel to leadership training, and we will cover all costs of travel while leading.

Please Note: Leaders are responsible for loss or damage to their personal gear. We provides workers’ compensation and general liability protection but does not provide health insurance for seasonal staff.

Backyard Basecamp Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

We prohibit discrimination against and harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment, or any camper or any applicant to join one of our camps, because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, familial status, genetics, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, military service or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. All personnel responsible for hiring and promoting employees, for admitting and enrolling campers, for leading and supporting campers, and for developing and implementing camp trips or activities are charged to support this effort and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns brought to their attention. Individuals who feel they have been treated in a way that violates this policy and/or federal, state or local employment laws are encouraged to notify one of Backyard Basecamp’s directors. Backyard Basecamp will not take any retaliatory action in response to an individual’s complaints.



April 1st, 2019

We continue to accept applications past April, but availability is limited.