Summary: Peer/Student Mentorship; College and High School to Middle School Mentorship; Older WYLD cohorts mentoring younger WYLD cohorts.
Junior Rangers are program-continuing high school and college-aged youth who have graduated from the Catapult program or Jr. Ranger training program, and ready to take on a more leadership peer mentoring role.
We aim to hire, pay and train the next generation of WYLD guides that are from the community in South Los Angeles that we serve. We believe that wilderness stewardship and leadership is important and that having more youth from underserved communities in leadership roles is an important aspect of taking the role seriously, and also enforces the self-worth and leadership potential of the youth we are hiring.
This feature allows older WYLD participants to mentor younger WYLD cohorts.
A junior ranger is a peer leader who assists in education, guiding, and development of day hikes and even backcountry expeditions.
The Junior Ranger responsibilities include:
Motivating other youth to attend a day hike or expedition.
Speaking at orientation meetings and sharing experiences with families and prospective participants.
Planning and scouting trips with cohort members and for younger participants.
Participating in the pre-trip planning of their own and other trips.
In the WYLDerness:
Teaching navigation and other facets of the hiking program to younger participants.
Maintaining a positive attitude, following and shadowing the directions of the instructor.
Teach and support other participants with a tent set up, gear functions, and general equipment usage.
Explain and guide activities, games, and journaling.
Varsity Rangers who have ‘graduated’ from junior rangers, who wish to design their own expeditions will:
Choose a location for an expedition, such as Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, or even just a day hike.
Identify participants to work with.
Design itinerary, activities, learning objectives, and identify least one service project.
Compute and complete budgets, including travel, park fees, food expenses, etc.
Fundraise and manage all business aspects of the trip.
Complete all pre-trip paperwork and logistics
Complete all post-trip paperwork and reflections.
Share expedition highlights and accomplishments with the community.