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Donations

Click below to donate to BookTrails, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.

Volunteer

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BookTrails is always seeking volunteers to help achieve our mission.  If you are interested in volunteering for BookTrails, please send your resume to admin@steamboatbooktrails.org  

BookTrails volunteers can help with fundraising, programming, and administrative tasks.

Camp Cleanup

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Give us a hand (or two!) on June 4, 2023 (12-5pm) to help get camp ready for the summer. This is a great chance to meet other families and see our beautiful Reading Ranch site.  Bring work gloves and wear boots and clothes that can get dirty. Please RSVP at 855-426-6587 or admin@steamboatbooktrails.org.

Directions to the Reading Ranch: From Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, turn left onto Lincoln Avenue and follow to Elk River Rd (129) and turn right.  Follow 129 for 25.5 miles to the turn-off for Steamboat Lake State Park and turn left.  Continue until the road turns to dirt. Take the right turn at John Fetcher’s old cabin that is directly before Fetcher Barn.  The gate will be flagged and there is a red sign.  Go through the gate and follow the dirt road for about .6 miles.  Park where you see vehicles and cross the bridge by foot over Larson Creek into The Reading Ranch.

Employment

We’re now accepting applications for our positions for Summer 2024! Click below for the summaries. Please read the summaries below before applying. To apply, send your resume and cover letter and three written references to annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org with the title of the position in the subject line.

Housing is now included for all summer positions!

Outdoor Reading Guide 2024

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Position summary:   

Have fun this summer and work for an environmental organization by teaching youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. BookTrails is an exciting organization that offers unique early- education programs promoting environmental awareness taught through reading, writing, and art. We are seeking Outdoor Reading Guides to join our summer programming team for BookTrails Camp. Outdoor Reading Guides will gain experience in many sectors of the organization—administration and organization, camp logistics and planning, and most importantly, teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. They will work with the Outdoor Science Guides to teach camp lessons, plan and schedule activities, and supervise a team of interns. Staff will also have the opportunity to spend a few weeks at our overnight camp location, as well as camping trips and rafting trips with the campers throughout Northern Colorado. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed, as well as an excellent spring-board towards your next career choice. Spend your summer exploring the beautiful Colorado wilderness while teaching children and providing them with a nature experience of a lifetime.

Responsibilities:

  • Create, prepare, and lead literacy activities and lessons for school-aged children that relate to camp themes
  • Co-organize logistical aspects of the day, including transportation needs and planning special field trips, along with the Outdoor Science Guide
  • Provide one-on-one reading and writing help for students
  • Communicate with the director about issues and updates relating to: staff, campers, logistics, parents, emergencies/ safety issues, etc
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s successes and progress, as well as any behavioral issues
  • Assist with morning and afternoon sign-in/out
  • Act as a mentor/ supervisor for our team of 4 interns along with the Outdoor Science Guide

Superior organizational and time management skills are crucial to excelling in this position. Individuals who are receptive to close-collaboration in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously will be assets to the organization. Ideal candidates are dedicated individuals who seek to grow as professionals and develop supportive relationships with colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children, ages 3-15, (at least 460 hours)
  • Must be comfortable managing groups of children up to 5, in an outdoor setting
  • Must be a team player, problem solver, high energy, and FLEXIBLE
  • Strong knowledge of Colorado ecosystems
  • Strong reading and writing skills and a passion for literature
  • Must possess strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive vans and trailers

Conditions:

  • Must be able to reside in Steamboat Springs from June 1st- August 12th.
  • Must be able to overnight camp at our site for 4 nights/week during some weeks .
  • Must love the outdoors and be comfortable with overnight camping for multiple nights in a primitive campsite.
  • Must be able to attend our Camp Clean-Up Days on June 2nd and August 10th.

Benefits:

  • $6,500 salary for the period of June 1st- August 12th (1 week of staff training, 8 weeks of camp, and help days). Guides will receive an end of summer bonus as well as extra pay for working weeklong overnight camps. The schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and will include nights at our overnight sight. No camp is held on weekends except preparations needed for camp on Monday. Staff will spend some weeks (M-F) at our overnight site where room and board will be provided.
  • Housing is provided in a shared room with other BookTrails employees. (2BD/ 2 BA apartments with 4 total employees living there.
  • Pro deals for gear.
  • Invaluable learning experience in fields of natural ecology, local Colorado history, and early-childhood education, fun camping trips!
  • Excellent resume builder and references—opportunity to continue with organization.

Apply:

Applicants should submit the following to annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org (include “BookTrails Outdoor Reading Guide” in subject line):

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Three written references, two being from someone who has witnessed you working with children.

Use your application materials to explain your interest in BookTrails and its mission; please highlight any exposure you have to the wilderness areas and the dates of your availability or any exceptions to the qualifications. Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interest that qualify you to fulfill the expectations outlined above.

Please contact our Program Director, Annmarie Blodgett, at annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org with any questions.

Outdoor Science Guide 2024

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Position summary:   

Have fun this summer and work for an environmental organization by teaching youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. BookTrails is an exciting organization that offers unique early- education programs promoting environmental awareness taught through reading, writing, and art. We are seeking Outdoor Science Guides to join our summer programming team for BookTrails Camp. Outdoor Science Guides will gain experience in many sectors of the organization—administration and organization, camp logistics and planning, and most importantly, teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. They will work with the Outdoor Reading Guides to teach camp lessons, plan and schedule activities, and supervise a team of interns. Staff will also have the opportunity to spend a few weeks at our overnight camp location, as well as camping trips and rafting trips with the campers throughout Northern Colorado. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed, as well as an excellent spring-board towards your next career choice. Spend your summer exploring the beautiful Colorado wilderness while teaching children and providing them with a nature experience of a lifetime.

Responsibilities:

  • Create, prepare, and lead environmental education activities and lessons for school-aged children that relate to camp themes
  • Co-organize logistical aspects of the day, including transportation needs and planning special field trips, along with the Outdoor Reading Guide
    Provide one-on-one reading and writing help for students
  • Communicate with the director about issues and updates relating to: staff, campers, logistics, parents, emergencies/ safety issues, etc
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s successes and progress, as well as any behavioral issues
  • Assist with morning and afternoon sign-in/out
  • Act as a mentor/ supervisor for our team of 4 interns along with the Outdoor Reading Guide

Superior organizational and time management skills are crucial to excelling in this position. Individuals who are receptive to close-collaboration in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously will be assets to the organization. Ideal candidates are dedicated individuals who seek to grow as professionals and develop supportive relationships with colleagues.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children, ages 3-15, (at least 460 hours)
  • Must be comfortable managing groups of children up to 5, in an outdoor setting
  • Must be a team player, problem solver, high energy, and FLEXIBLE
  • Strong knowledge of Colorado ecosystems
  • Background in Environmental Education- preferred
  • Must possess strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive vans and trailers

Conditions:

  • Must be able to reside in Steamboat Springs from June 1st-August 12th.
  • Must be able to overnight camp at our site for 4 nights/week during some weeks.
  • Must love the outdoors and be comfortable with overnight camping for multiple nights in a primitive campsite.
  • Must be able to attend our Camp Clean-Up Days June 2nd and August 12th.

Benefits:

  • $6,500 salary for the period of June 1st- August 12th (1 week of staff training, 8 weeks of camp, and help days). Guides will receive an end of summer bonus as well as extra pay for working weeklong overnight camps. The schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and will include nights at our overnight sight. No camp is held on weekends except preparations needed for camp on Monday. Staff will spend some weeks (M-F) at our overnight site where room and board will be provided.
  • The week of the 4th of July you will have off.
  • Housing is provided in a shared room with other BookTrails employees. (2BD/ 2 BA apartments with 4 total employees living there.
  • Pro deals for gear.
  • Invaluable learning experience in fields of natural ecology, local Colorado history, and early-childhood education, fun camping trips!

Apply:

Applicants should submit the following to annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org (include “BookTrails Outdoor Science Guide” in subject line):

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Three written references, two being from someone who has witnessed you working with children.

Use your application materials to explain your interest in BookTrails and its mission; please highlight any exposure you have to the wilderness areas and the dates of your availability or any exceptions to the qualifications. Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interest that qualify you to fulfill the expectations outlined above.

Please contact our Program Director, Annmarie Blodgett, at annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org with any questions.

Junior Guide 2024 (High School Students)

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Summary:

Have fun this summer and help an environmental organization by teaching youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. BookTrails is an exciting organization that offers unique early- education programs promoting environmental awareness taught through reading, writing, and art. We are seeking high school students to join our summer programming team as Junior Guides. Junior Guides will gain experience in many sectors of the organization— logistical planning, lesson and curriculum creation, teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting, and leading games with our campers. This opportunity is a wonderful way to gain invaluable experience in outdoor and literacy education and consider various career paths. It is also sure to be a fun, memorable part of your summer!

Responsibilities:

  • Assist BookTrails staff in teaching lessons and setting up activities
  • Act as a role model to campers by following camp rules, practicing Leave No Trace principles, and contributing positively to the camp community
  • Assist with camp chores such as cooking, building campfires, and other tasks
  • Have a positive attitude and have fun!

Qualifications:

  • Open to current high school students or recent graduates.
  • Must enjoy working with kids as well as the BookTrails program
  • Must be comfortable camping for 4 nights in a row
  • Must enjoy reading, writing, and being outside
  • Have an openness to constructive feedback and a willingness to learn

Benefits:

  • 2-3 days per week: 8 am-4:30 pm schedule
  • Hourly pay of $17-$18 per hour 
  • Experience in applying and interviewing for a job, working with kids, and teaching in an outdoor setting. 
  • A fun way to remain a part of BookTrails!

How to Apply: 

Please email Annmarie at annmarie@steamboatbooktrails.org or call 855-426-6587 to express your interest. Please include a resume if you have one! 

Guide in Training 2024

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***We ask that all our students take a summer off before applying to return as a Guide in Training at our week long overnight camps. If you were a camper last summer, you are eligible to be a Guide in Training at our day camps***

Position Summary:

The BookTrails Guide in Training program is a great opportunity for high school students to stay, or become, involved with BookTrails! GIDs will spend one week at camp assisting with teaching lessons, setting up activities, helping out with camp chores such as cooking and building fires, mentoring the campers, and participating in all of the fun experiences that a BookTrails camp has to offer!

Guides in Training will have the chance to set goals for themselves at the beginning of the week and receive positive support and feedback from staff to help them achieve these goals. GITs will also get to explore their leadership styles, act as a role model to the campers, and bring enthusiasm and energy to lessons and games, all while spending the week outside in the beautiful Colorado wilderness.

This opportunity is a wonderful way to gain invaluable experience in outdoor and literacy education and consider various career paths. It is also sure to be a fun, memorable week of the summer!

Responsibilities:

  • Assist BookTrails staff in teaching lessons and setting up activities
  • Act as a role model to campers by following camp rules, practicing Leave No Trace principles, and contributing positively to the camp community
  • Assist with camp chores such as cooking, building campfires, and other tasks
  • Have a positive attitude and have fun!

Qualifications:

  • Open to high school students. We ask that you take a year off in between being a camper and being a Guide in Training before helping at the weeklong overnight camps. You can apply to be a GIT for our day camps if you were a camper in 2023.
  • Must enjoy working with kids as well as the BookTrails program
  • Must be comfortable camping for 4 nights in a row (weeklong overnight camps only)
  • Must enjoy reading, writing, and being outside
  • Have an openness to constructive feedback and a willingness to learn

Benefits:

  • Experience in applying and interviewing for a job
  • Letter of recommendation from BookTrails (if GIT successfully completes the program)
  • Opportunity to participate in all of the BookTrails activities at camp
  • End of summer “graduation”/ dinner celebration with fellow staff and CIT’s
  • Gain community service hours
  • A fun way to remain a part of BookTrails!
  • Guides in training are eligible for compensation if they are over 16 years old. 

Training:

  • Annmarie will work with you before your GIT week to go over expectations, rules, etc. 
  • Training topics include: leadership styles; goal setting; BookTrails mission, philosophy, and camp rules; learning camp games; risk management/ safety; and reviewing GIT expectations and responsibilities

APPLY HERE