What it is all about
Wilderness + laughing + camping + volunteering + friends + protecting + leadership + backpacking = Sleeping Bear Wilderness Ambassador Program.
The Sleeping Bear Wilderness Ambassador Program brings students in grades 8-11 together to learn from each other and experience a wilderness environment.
By the end of the session, students will have the skills to begin planning outdoor excursions of their own. We stress the essentials of wilderness risk management, Leave No Trace, leadership, teamwork, and personal responsibility.
In addition, participants learn backcountry navigation, cooking, camping, packing, and other skills to stay happy and safe in the wilderness.
Career Mentoring & Volunteer Work
Ambassadors will have the opportunity to join park staff in one or more of the following activities:
- field science
- Wilderness monitoring
- working with kids
- trail and campsite maintenance
- site restoration.
Why it's awesome
Besides the memories, friendships, and skills to last a lifetime, more tangible benefits include
- volunteer service credit
- cool swag to take home
- photo and video DVD
- bragging rights on leadership experience to put on college applications and resumes.
Alumni of the program are eligible to become student instructors. Student instructors attend additional instructor training and assist in teaching essential skills. The Alumni get all the same benefits as before but more experience for applications and resumes.