Exploring New Horizons Cabin Leaders



I am interested in becoming a Cabin Leader for ENH.

I am already signed up to be a cabin leader and need more info about what to expect.


I am interested in becoming a Cabin Leader for ENH and need to apply

Thank you for your interest in becoming a cabin leader with Exploring New Horizons. As an Outdoor School cabin leader you will be a role model for 5th and 6th grade students during their week of environmental education. Students come for either a 4 or 5-day program in which they hike among old-growth redwoods, go tidepooling, and more. As a cabin leader, you will participate in all these activities while leading your cabin group of 7-12 students throughout their week of outdoor school.

How to Apply

Thank you for volunteering! Before attending outdoor school all cabin leaders need to print out and complete the four page application. While you can fill this out before printing the application, you will need to print it because it requires some signatures. Please take time to review this information, as incomplete applications cannot be accepted. Once complete, turn your paperwork in to the Program Coordinator. This can be done by scanning and sending via email, taking a very clear photo on your phone and sending that via email, or by asking someone at your school’s office to help you. If you have any questions related to your application, please email the Program Coordinator as soon as possible so that we can provide support with plenty of notice

Once complete, you can turn your paperwork in to the Program Coordinator.

Benefits of Being a Cabin Leader

Not only do high school volunteers earn community service hours, but at the end of the week, cabin leaders can get reference letters for college or job applications. This is also a great way to give back to your community, be a role model for a 5th or 6th grade student, and gain valuable leadership and communication skills.

Cabin Leader Responsibilities

As cabin leader you will be in charge of a group of 7-12 5th or 6th grade students. This means you will be staying in the cabin with the students, getting them to meals on time, helping to supervise meals and recreation time, and going on hikes where our naturalists teach lessons on ecology, environmental stewardship, and team-building.

We always have female cabin leaders in girl cabins and strive to have male cabin leaders in boy cabins if possible.

Cabin Leader Training

Our Program Coordinator comes to many Bay Area High Schools to recruit cabin leaders for one of our 33+ weeks of program annually. Each high school has their individual requirements for participation, but each cabin leader has to complete an application, participate in an interview and attend a training to help prepare you to work with the grade school students that attend Exploring New Horizons. The Cabin Leader Interview and Training Workshop will last for a few hours after school.

If you are chosen as a cabin leader we will notify you within a few weeks following your interview. If selected, you will meet at the elementary or middle school in the morning on the first day of outdoor school and ride the bus with the students to program. Once you arrive at the outdoor school you will go through an on-site orientation and our staff is on hand 24 hours a day to support and mentor you with any questions you may have during your stay.

If you are interested in becoming a cabin leader please contact the Program Coordinator or complete the form below. We operate 30+ weeks each year, so if you want to participate and are not sure when our staff is coming to your school, please contact us! We will contact you soon to get you signed up to volunteer for a week!

Loma Mar: Natasha Anderson (650) 879-0608

I am already signed up to be a counselor and need more info about what to expect.

You can view the Packing List to help you pack and prepare for what to bring. Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the schedule for the week of outdoor school. View the Loma Mar Schedule.

As you are preparing for your week remember that you’ll need to bring lunch for the first day, snacks you may want during your time off, a watch (there’s no cell service) and a raincoat.

Please read the Cabin Leader Survival Guide to help you prepare for your first time at outdoor school.