LEADERSHIP SKILLS. NEW FRONTIERS.
Wilderness Leadership (WIL) is a program designed for teenagers ages 17 to 18 with previous backpacking experience and a genuine desire to pursue an extended wilderness experience. The focus of WIL is on a 14-day backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Participants will learn how to select routes and campsites, practice map and compass skills, and find their own leadership style. At the end of the WIL program, participants will be educated to the level of Leave No Trace Trainers and will receive a certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
This program involves an application and selection process that requires initiative and dedication from the camper. Steps of the application include submitting a letter of recommendation (for applicants who have not completed a prior Leadership Training Program), completing a set of supplemental questions, and a phone interview with the CCO Leadership and Trips Director.
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Sunday: Arrive at CCO, Icebreakers, ROWDIE campfire
Monday: Team building and high ropes course (weather dependent)
Tuesday: Review route of trip, pack food and gear, prepare to leave
Wednesday: Leave for Wyoming; sleep at trailhead
Thursday-Tuesday: Backpacking in Popo Agie Wilderness
Wednesday: Hike to re-supply and get more food, water purifier, fuel, etc.
Thursday-Tuesday: Continue backpacking in Popo Agie Wilderness
Wednesday: Hike out to trailhead
Thursday: Drive back to CCO, shower
Friday: Debrief trip, check gear for repairs, evaluations, camp dance
Saturday: Leave CCO. See you next year!
Weekend camp is available after odd-numbered sessions. If your camper is planning on participating in another program directly before or after their SIT session, please check to see that weekend camp is available.
Interested? Have more questions? Contact the office at email@example.com or call 970-887-2648.
Mission: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our goal is to offer challenging experiences to build leaders through life-long skill development in a safe, imaginative, natural setting. We instill confidence through independence and interpersonal skills. We challenge our campers to discover their true selves.
CARING | HONESTY | RESPECT | RESPONSIBILITY | FAITH