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Leadership Training Program 


Learn valuable skills and be an apprentice for Wilderness Adventure! 


 This one week trip will be an introduction into your entire summer as a WAEL apprentice.

We are excited that you are interested in attending the one-week Leader Training Program (LTP) in pursuit of being an apprentice for Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing (WAEL).  We will train you on all our elements, climbing wall, standard procedures and policies.  This intro to the summer will also help you bond with your fellow LTP’s.  The leaders of the LTP program will also be monitoring you during this one week session, to gauge your dedication to the program, as well as making sure that you adhere by Colonel’s 4 Principles of Success:  respect, communication skills, work ethic, and a positive attitude.

If you show that you are a positive and respectful person that is willing to do some hard work then you will be accepted as an Apprentice and will be eligible to stay on the rest of the summer.  As an Apprentice you will gain invaluable exposure and experience into what it takes to become a Trip Leader. You will shadow different instructors, lead a trip as a 3rd leader, and learn the ins & outs of what it takes to run an adventure program.  If you are really interested in one particular adventure sport, then you can focus on that area and assist instructors as they meet the various trips out on the trail.  If you enjoy a satisfying experience as an Apprentice you may then be eligible to be an Assistant Trip Leader later in the summer.

Your Apprenticeship would begin directly after the LTP program and continue through the remainder of the summer. Most Apprentices work up until a week before school starts. Please note that if you choose not to work up until at least ~8/1 we cannot guarantee that you will have the opportunity to lead a trip as a 3rd leader. As an Apprentice you will receive $40 a week, room & board, 30% store discounts, and lots of life experience.


  • Beginning apprentices will have discussion Topics about Campsite Policies, they will also have introductory classes on site selection, tent set-up, cooking procedures, bear-hangs, tarp, etc.  Establishing these skills early will make their job easier in the long run.
  • Middle apprentices will have the opportunity to learn some of the business side of running a summer program as well as an introduction on the teaching side of all our activities, they will have a scope of how to run these activities safely and learn the basic principles. workshops such as bike maintenance, belaying, food packing etc..will be workshops needed for their summer success. 
  • END apprentices will have a first hand experience on how to run our WAlympics and lead an awesome campfire! Your Apprenticeship would begin directly after the LTP program and continue through the remainder of the summer.


June 17th -23rd - 1 Week 



Campers will have a first hand experience on how to lead backpacking groups, their leaders will guide them and teach all the leadership skills needed to lead a backpacking group in the outdoors. After this they will apply all the skills learned as a third leader on different backpacking trips as well as being a support staff. 

Camping and Backpacking skills 

Campers will learn all the backpacking and camping skills needed for three weeks in the outdoors. Workshops as Setting up Camp, Cooking on backpacking stoves, map and orienteering, Camp Hygiene, hiking techniques and group assessment , Leave No Trace, gear repair etc... are all skills teach and apply  during the summer.  

Group and Risk Management 

Campers will learn the different stages of group development as well as different risk management scenarios that will help them to lead their peers and being safe in the outdoors. workshops such as swift water rescue, the business and leadership side of running a summer camp are part of the skills taught for campers to be thoughtful and assertive while leading others. 

Adventure Sports Management Basic Skills  

Campers will have the opportunity to learn the basics skills on each sport as well as learning the basics of equipment maintenance required for each sport. basic group safety and management skills on different trails, rocks, water will be skills taught for apprentices to apply later on their trips. Finally they will learn in depth different skills that are not normally teach to other campers such as belaying, swift water rescue, bike maintenance and orienteering. 

Basics on how to run a summer trip 

Campers will have the opportunity to see and learn the behind the scenes of running a summer camp. Things like food packing, gear maintenance, kitchen duties, infirmaries, equipment maintenance will all be part of the summer skills needed for a great summer. They will be working along our staff and learning from our outdoor professional how to successfully and safely run a summer camp. 


Most of the first week trip training will be at Wilderness Adventure after their training is over LTP'S  who qualify will have the opportunity to join other trips as a third leader. Trips will vary depending on personal skills and preference on skills they want to develop more. 


Campers will leave Wilderness Adventure confident due all the experiences and accomplishments they had during their summer. They will have a sense on how to be a leader and a role model, their skills and work ethic will be an essential part of being a wilderness staff member. This experience will be a good step in learning how businesses work and how to assume a role of leadership, take responsibility and have a positive attitude for the success of a company and kids that experience summer camp. 

Tuition: $950

(Current Discount: 25% Off!)

July 17th- 23rd


Ages 17+







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" For me, communication skills have always been the most challenging because I am still fairly shy. However, I felt that meeting and working with so many helpful , welcoming people this summer has made me more willing to speak my mind and enter new social situations. i feel as if I have become a much better person working here and I will strive to apply these values into my life at home. WAEL makes me happier than any other place in the world and i sincerely appreciate the lessons I learned from the Leadership Training Program". 

Lisa Stuntz