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Trip Leader Details

Ready for an incredible summer experience leading awe-inspiring trips for teenagers around the globe?

Our 2020 Summer Trip Leader Application is LIVE!

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Where Would I Go as a Trip Leader?

What Makes Moondance Different?

Program Destinations

  • With 26 unique programs, we run 128 trips in total, operating in 8 states and 21 countries (across 5 different continents!)
  • Domestic: From Colorado to Wyoming, California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and all the way to Hawaii, our Domestic trips have been consistently adored by students and leader alike since 1996.
  • International: Moondance has increasingly grown in our number of incredible international destinations. Spanning from Thailand to Europe, to British Columbia, Fiji, Africa, and South America, and more, we love exploring the uncharted and the wild.
  • Our trips are typically co-ed with at least one male leader and one female leader. We cap our group size at 12-13 participants and aim for a 50/50 ratio of guys to girls
  • Learn more by flipping through our online catalog

Program Types

  • Discovery: Domestic introductory multi-sport adventures designed for students 12-13 years old
  • Classic: Domestic multi-sport adventures designed for students 14-15 years old
  • Leadership: Challenging domestic and international programs highlighted by a leadership curriculum for students 14-18 years old
  • Service: International and domestic service trips intertwined with adventure activities for students 14-18 years old

“Holland’s leaders gave my child something that I cannot give her. Three weeks of hiking, camping, climbing, kayaking, rafting, and developing confidence and a deep appreciation for the world around her. The connection and support offered by her leaders and peers gave her a trust in meeting new people and opening her heart to creating new connections.” Heather Miller, Richmond VA


First-year salary for a Moondance summer is an average of $2,300, depending on the trip you are selected to lead. Leaders are typically assigned 2-3 sections of the same program in the same location. All Moondance program expenses including accommodations, meals on your trip, outfitted activities, and transportation to and from the trip’s location are included throughout the summer. As a Trip Leader, you will have access to Pro Deal accounts giving you exclusive access to significant discounts on an assortment of respected outdoor brands.


As a Trip Leader you are responsible for 12 teenagers – parent’s most prized possessions! You're on call 24 hours a day, 7 days of week. You are responsible for risk management, logistics, and the accounting / finances of your trip. Manage your trip budget of $5,000-$20,000 throughout the summer. Develop your communication skills – with your students, co-leader, our outfitters, and Moondance HQ. Build on your problem solving skills, spontaneous motivation, and work ethic as you provide the trip of a lifetime for students every single day!

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