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LEARN. SIP. SUPPORT 10/6/18 – A Walden West Foundation event benefiting the children of Santa Clara County
Walden West (at Saratoga)
15555 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
Walden West (at Cupertino)
13851 Stevens Canyon Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
Cabin Leader flier

Volunteering as a Cabin Leader

Each school week, we host responsible volunteers age 15-22. Volunteer Cabin Leaders act as positive role models working alongside our staff guiding 5th/6th grade campers. Cabin Leaders stay in cabins with 14-18 students and utilize the skills they learn while at Walden West to ensure each young camper has a great experience throughout their week of residential outdoor school.

Cabin Leaders join a week of fun and personal growth as they develop/enhance their leadership skills. In field class they enrich their current knowledge in subject areas related to: Biology, Environmental Science, Physics/Engineering, Sustainable Living, and Physical Education.

Throughout the week they develop their interpersonal skills further preparing them for career/college by working on: problem solving, critical thinking, personal maturity, leadership, mentoring and gaining a sense of community.

Contact: Email or call 408-573-3056

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Once Accepted:

Volunteer Registration Packet

Parent/Participant Information

Cabin Leaders


Cabin Leaders have a chance to be a part of campers’ life-long memories while meeting other cabin leaders and working closely with our staff.  In addition to the fun and rewarding work, volunteers will gain the following:

  • Earn up to 100 hours of community service
  • An evaluation that can be used in applying for college/jobs
  • Leadership/mentoring skills
  • Experience working with children
  • Environmental awareness


Cabin Leaders will spend the week with a group of 5th/6th grade students at Walden West. They will assist and participate in all camp activities.  Cabin leaders are required to stay overnight in cabins with students and hike on-trail with trail groups. Training and support will be provided. Volunteers must be:

  • 15-22 years old
  • Positive, mature role models
  • Meet their own high school requirements to volunteer (GPA, attendance,..)
  • Enjoy working with kids
  • Flexible/willing to adapt to program needs


To ensure the safety of everyone on our campus, including volunteers, the following must be completed to serve as a cabin leader:

  • Apply and receive a confirmation email for a week of camp.
  • Complete a Volunteer Registration Packet (turned in two weeks prior to your scheduled date)
  • All volunteers 18 and older MUST also schedule a fingerprint background check at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. It may take up to TWO WEEKS to clear your prints and background check. Print as soon as possible. Email or call 408-453-4305 to schedule over the phone.
  • Cabin Leader Training (starting 3pm, the day before your scheduled week)


Mandatory cabin leader training is held 3:00 pm at Walden West (Saratoga) the day before students arrive, (this is usually a Sunday but can be a Monday on 4-day weeks). Dinner is provided. Bring any paperwork not already sent in and your luggage with you. You will spend the night at Walden West and be there to greet the students in the morning. Topics include Cabin Leader responsibilities and Child Safety.


An email will be sent to you a week before your scheduled date to confirm your arrival and note your transportation to camp. It is extremely helpful if you can get a ride to camp - carpooling is a great idea! We also have a van that can pick you up, let us know ahead of time if you will need a ride. Rides back on Friday after camp are available too, we will check in with you once you are at camp. We end around 12:00 noon on Friday. Directions to Walden West 15555 Sanborn Rd. Saratoga, Ca 95070. Beware of GoogleMaps, YahooMaps and GPS giving confusing directions. Camp is only about 10 minutes from downtown Saratoga up Highway 9.

Live Scan/Background Check

All volunteers 18 and older MUST schedule a fingerprint background check at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. It may take up to TWO WEEKS to clear your prints and background check. Print as soon as possible.

Schedule a free appointment: 1290 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose CA 95131

Appointments are every 15 minutes, between 10am – 4pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Email some dates/times that work for you – provide as many options as possible and be sure to include your full name and phone number as well as the date you plan to volunteer.

Or, contact Fingerprinting at 408-453-4305 to schedule over the phone.

In order to print you must provide your social security number and show a valid government issued photo ID (school ID cards do not qualify).


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