Our travel staff is selected for a variety of reasons, including their desire to work with youth, past experience, outdoor and leadership skills, and overall enthusiasm. Two leaders on each trip are 21 years of age or older and certified in CPR and First Aid. At least one leader will also be a certified lifeguard, and will hold a Wilderness First Aid certificate.
Each trip will have 3 leaders ensuring a staff to camper ratio of 1:4.
Campers must be willing to challenge themselves and learn new things while living in a communal environment. Most importantly, campers should have an open mind, be enthusiastic … and be ready for the time of their lives! Basic swimming ability is required.
On each trip, we team up with at least one professional/certified outfitter for outdoor activities. All outfitters are highly regarded in their respective fields and have years of experience leading youth trips.
YMCA Camp Coniston has been leading outdoor trips for over 50 years, starting with trips in the White Mountains and Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. We bring to the field a wealth of knowledge and a passion for outdoor education.
On all trips, safety is the foremost concern. Activities are “challenge by choice” and designed to be age appropriate.
Our trips are run in accordance with the American Camping Association standards and our leaders and the outfitters will work with each child to reach his/her full potential during the trips.