More than the challenging programs and breathtaking scenery, Moondance leaders form the nucleus of what makes this experience such a positive part of the program. Our leaders provide excellent role models, and great care is taken in the selection of our staff.
All leaders are a minimum of 21 years old, with the average age being 25. They are well educated and have completed, or are on their way to completing, their undergraduate degree with many pursuing advanced degrees. They enjoy working with teenagers and have extensive training in wilderness programs and experiential education. Many are graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or Outward Bound.
Many have full-time careers in secondary education or are full time outdoor educators. Each leader has a minimum training in Wilderness First Aid or as a Wilderness First Responder. Their primary job is to focus on the student experience and risk management. As part of our risk management strategy, our student-to-staff ratio rarely exceeds 7:1.
During our comprehensive 12-day staff training, each leader renews his/her commitment to Moondance’s philosophy and rededicates himself/herself to serving Moondance students. Every Moondance leader is committed to the idea that to lead, we must serve.