Cabin Leaders

UPDATED: 8/9/2023

Per the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the California Department of Public Health, all volunteers of the Walden West Programs are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that volunteers receive a booster vaccination if they are eligible.

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Contact information: - 408.573.3056

Each school week, we host responsible volunteers in grades 10 through college (age 22 max) 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.

2023-2024 outdoor school calendar
5-day program = 100 service learning hours  //  4-day program = 80 service learning hours

Update 9/19/2023 - We are no longer taking applications for the weeks of Oct. 1-6, 2023 and Nov. 12-16, 2023. 

Adults who need to volunteer as behavioral or medical aides should contact 

High School Cabin Leaders


Requirements -

If you are 18 or will be 18 at the time of volunteering, you are required to get fingerprinted as soon as possible at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. You do not need to wait until you're 18 to get printed so schedule your appointment for as early as possible.

College Student, Parent, and Adult Cabin Leaders & Non-District Aides

(for anyone 18+ and not in high school)

2023-2024 Adult Cabin Leader/Aides information packet

Requirements -