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Walden West (at Saratoga)
15555 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Outdoor School Cabin Leaders

Per the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and in support of the California Department of Public Health, all volunteers working on-site at a school campus supporting school functions (including Walden West) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or be required to test for COVID-19 at a frequency to be determined by SCCOE, which shall be a minimum of two tests per week, up to testing every workday.

For information on the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get vaccinated, CLICK HERE.

Potential volunteers can still APPLY NOW regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination will be required when you are sent your registration link.

INFORMATION PACKET (subject to change)

Forms to complete and submit before your scheduled week:


  • Fingerprinting is required for all volunteers 18 and older at the time of volunteering. You will need to complete the LiveScan form below and schedule an appointment at the SCCOE. We will notify you when you are cleared. You will not be able to volunteer until you are cleared, so make your appointments no later than 3 weeks before your scheduled week.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) assessment is required for 18+ volunteers, aides, and adults who are NOT in high school.

Contact Information:  •  (408) 573-3056

The Basics (updated 7/13/2021)

Each school week, we host responsible volunteers ages 15-22 at our picturesque setting located on 32 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains (10 mins. outside of downtown Saratoga). 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.

Summer Camp Counselors

Summer 2022 information will be posted by the end of January 2022.

Contact Information:  •  (408) 573-3053

Walden West Summer Camp offers many great volunteer opportunities all summer long. Each volunteer position provides training and experience working with peers, group management, child safety, and more. Be a part of creating something special with your time this summer.

The summer counselor program is a leadership opportunity that encourages emotional maturity and builds personal growth and respect for others. Counselors work with elementary to middle school aged children through structured group time and fun free play. Summer camp counselors gain valuable life skills like becoming responsible for themselves and others, learning effective communication, and being open to new and exciting ideas. In addition to leadership, the counselor program provides to grow as an individual and make a difference in a child's life.

Experienced counselors may have the opportunity to give back even more by providing mentorship to those who follow in their footsteps. The Mentor Program is designed to utilize counselor's lessons and experiences to mold the next generation into the best counselors possible. Mentors receive additional guidance and coaching that will support their journey into the professional world and enhance the overall Walden West summer experience. Mentors are selected by staff based on experience, leadership skills, maturity, and initiative.