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Leadership Training

Join our Leader in Training (LIT) program! Apprentice in outdoor leadership skills with Trackers Earth. Begin with a week or more of leadership experience at our overnight camp. Work with expert outdoor educators to develop your own connection to nature and community through wilderness skills.

Incredible Skills

Your training immerses you in the outdoor and leadership skills of Trackers Earth. The Leader in Training program gives you opportunity to explore one or more of our Four Guilds:

Rangers Guild Stealth, archery and wilderness survival
Wilders Guild Wild plants, farm craft and restoration gardening
Mariners Guild  Fishing, water and mariners skills
Artisans Guild Storytelling and leadership

Personal & Professional Development

We explore how a focus on a sustainable and healthy livelihood benefits from a connection ot nature. At the end of the week, your instructor provides you with a written evaluation of your time, honoring your experience and helping you find places to grow.

Our Leader in Training program mentors students through personal and professional development. This practical aspect of the program addresses what potential schools and employers seek out while cultivating communication and interview skills for LITs.

Summer Camps 2017

Our Leader in Training program features different weekly themes:

Village Gathering The Village Gathering is our most frequently attended Leader in Training (LIT)  and Jr. Leader in Training (jLIT) program. LIT's from all the Trackers Guilds come together to learn news skills and partake in a great community celebration of friends both new and old. During this week students forge connections that last a lifetime. Options include:

Grade 6-8 jr Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Junior Leaders in Training start with one week of overnight training at Camp Trackers. They make new friends, develop outdoor skills, and begin their leadership journey with Trackers.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Together, under the guidance of our educators, LITs explore the many paths of leadership while forming a community that is inclusive, caring, and resilient.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Wilderness Survival Instructor Develop the skills of Forest Craft and wilderness survival. Go beyond simply learning how-to make a fire without matches or build a shelter. Learn how to teach these crafts as you foster a deep connection with nature and develop your leadership ability.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Role-Playing Adventure Guide Enter the Realms of Cascadia. Help craft and guide a legendary live action role-playing adventure for younger campers. Learn how to incorporate elements nature awareness and craft. Cultivate safe skills for teaching and learning in the outdoors.

Optional Field Training

After the Leader in Training program of your choice, you can join us for optional weeks of Field Training in our day camps. During this time you put your leadership skills into practice. Top educators mentor you in guiding younger campers in the outdoors. Important points:

  • Multiple Weeks You can spread the optional Field Training throughout the summer. We recommend 1 - 3 weeks, though more is possible after a conversation with us.
  • Schedule Soon Field training is on a first come, first serve basis. We schedule your potential weeks after you register depending on room and availability.
  • Overnight Eligibilty Eligibility for Field Training at overnight camps is invitation only and limited to 15 years and up. LITs are welcome to beging a conversation about eligibility with our Program Directors.
  • Field Evaluations Like the Leader in Training camp, every week of field training includes an evaluation written and delivered by the Lead Educator mentoring you.

Please Note Field Training commitments are optional and not required, nor essential, to join a Leader in Training overnight week.

More Questions

For a quick reference to our approach to safety, staffing, meals and more, please visit our FAQ Page.

Consecutive Weeks

For campers staying more than one week, we offer Weekend Adventures. With canoes trips to mountain lakes and trips to the Oregon Coast you see the best of the Pacific Northwest. Learn more

Airport Pick-Up

We offer convenient and professional shuttle service to and from Portland International Airport. Register for the shuttle below.

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Contact Us to Learn More

Give us a call (503) 345-3312

The Four Guilds

Story is at the heart of all great education and adventure. We believe our lives on this Earth can be epic in both play and learning. All of Trackers camps, classes and productions can also be seen as great theater. Throughout our adventures you get to take part in one or more of our guilds: Rangers, Wilders, Mariners and Artisans.

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

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Mariners Guild

The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

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Artisans Guild

The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.