Macward Bound Leader Information and Application

Applications now available! Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Application for 2015

Thanks for your interest in leading with the Macward Bound program! Past leaders will attest that this was a powerful and rewarding experience.

We are looking for leaders who will:
develop healthy and positive relationships with new Mac students.
make decisions based on ethical standards and considerations.
effectively communicate and demonstrate empathy for others.
help new students transition to Macalester and college life.
be good stewards of the environment.
espouse the mission, values and goals of Macward Bound (listed below)
keep it real and fun!

This is a very time intensive commitment and Macward Bound will need to be your priority for the duration of training, prep, trip and post trip activities. You MUST be able to commit to the entirety of the schedule below.

Time commitment :
2 spring trainings/meetings (date tbd)
Email correspondence over the summer with program coordinators and your student group
Arrival to Macalester on Saturday, August 15
2 day training - Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17
Prep - Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 and 19
New student arrival and welcome - Thursday, August 20
Trip - Friday, August 21 thru Tuesday, August 25
Post trip activities - Wednesday, August 26

We offer different opportunities for student leaders. If you're relatively new to outdoor leadership, great! If you're a seasoned pro, great!
Read below:

Required certifications:

**We offer 4 hiking trips that have 2 student leaders for each trip.
Leaders will be paired with complimentary skills, certifications and experiences, but must exhibit the following certifications for the pair:

Current Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder or
Emergency Medical Tech (EMT)
Current First Aid and CPR
US driver's license and Macalester van certification

5 ASSOCIATE LEADERS WITH OUTWARD BOUND - kayaking/canoeing trips
**Five leaders will be selected to co-lead with professional Outward Bound staff. Certifications for these leaders are encouraged, but not required. This is a great opportunity for a budding outdoor leader to gain some great experience!

In exchange for your time, skills and committment you will receive:
Access to your Residential Hall room upon arrival on Saturday, August 15
All meals
An awesome trip (a $500+ value)
New relationships with really cool people
A rewarding and powerful experience
Minnesota mud on your boots
A sweet new t-shirt

If the above sounds good and you know that you'll be a good fit for the program, then please apply!

Applications are due on Wednesday, March 4. Interviews will happen the following week.

Please contact Allison Greenlee,, with any questions or comments.

Macward Bound Mission:
To provide shared experiences in which new students will develop social support systems, self-awareness and confidence in an outdoor environment.

-Respect for all people regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, or family background
-Compassion and empathy
-Healthy and authentic communication
-Respect for the environment
-Responsibility to a community

-Provide a safe and fun adventure for new students to develop relationships with classmates
-Provide students opportunities for mentorship
-Ease the transition to Macalester and college life
-Develop basic wilderness skills
-Provide opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth

".. and to any others who have felt the thrill of the back country and still long to explore what might lie just around the next bend. I know of no better way of doing just that, than having a fine canoe under one's seat, a sleek paddle in one's hand, a little bug dope in your pocket, and a harmonica near the top of your pack."

Book dedication from Kenai Canoe Trails by Daniel Quick