Become a Youth Development Professional


  • Passion for youth development and commitment to investing in the next generation of young women
  • Strong desire to make a positive impact on girls from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds
  • Willingness to step outside your comfort zone
  • Consistent drive and initiative, follow-through, and integrity
  • Growth-oriented mindset and commitment to professional development
  • Readiness to apply critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and other professional skills to everyday living in a community environment
  • Ability to work within a team of like-minded individuals towards a shared vision and mission
  • Willingness to live in a rustic environment with very limited access to phones, Internet, and other technology

Professional skills:

As a Youth Development Professional working as both a cabin counselor and activity specialist, you will gain critical professional and life skills to develop your leadership and gain important work experience such as:

  • Encouraging awareness and appreciation for outdoor environment and natural world
  • Empowering young women through outdoor activity and adventure
  • Lesson planning for a range of ages and abilities
  • Applying youth development principles and teaching 21st-century skills
  • Implementing behavior management techniques including modeling positive behavior, positive reinforcement, and accountability
  • Effectively communicating
  • Collaborating, building interpersonal skills and experiencing working in a diverse, multi-cultural team
  • Advancing the company’s mission and philosophy
  • Developing time management skills
  • Record keeping/assessment and tracking of camper progress
  • Providing feedback to advance learning outcomes
  • Managing risk
  • Implementing policies and procedures for quality assurance