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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 3rd and 10th (12:30-5pm) to help get camp ready for the summer.  This is a great chance to meet other families and see our beautiful new Reading Ranch site.  Bring work gloves and wear boots and clothes that can get dirty.  Please RSVP at 855-426-6587 or emily@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.  Follow the road, it will turn to dirt, until you see Fetcher Barn on the left side of the road (about 1.8 miles).  We will meet here and give you further directions to the Reading Ranch.  4WD encouraged!!

To meet us at the Reading Ranch directly:  Instead of going to the barn, take the right turn at John Fetcher’s old cabin that is directly before Fetcher Barn.  The gate will be flagged.  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 2019! Click below for the summaries. Please read the summaries below before applying. To apply, send your resume and cover letter and two written references to admin@steamboatbooktrails.org with the title of the position in the subject line.

Outdoor Reading Guide 2019

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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 literacy and 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 get 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

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children, ages 3-15, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • 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 11th.  Housing not included.
  • 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 11th.

Benefits:

  • $4, 350 salary for the period of June 1st-August 11th, 9 weeks of work at $483/week. Outdoor Reading Guides can make additional salary by starting earlier in the season to help prepare for the start of camp. The schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm and will include nights at our overnight sight. No camp is held on weekends; some preparations are needed for camp on Monday.  Staff will spend some weeks (M-F) at our overnight site where room and board will be provided.
  • Opportunity to continue with organization after summer
  • Discount at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and access to other 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 admin@steamboatbooktrails.org  (include “BookTrails Outdoor Reading Guide” in subject line)

  • Resume
  • 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 admin@steamboatbooktrails.org with any questions. 

Outdoor Science Guide 2019

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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 literacy and 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 get 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 Science Guide

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children, ages 3-15, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • 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 11th.  Housing not included.
  • 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 11th.

Benefits:

  • $4, 350 salary for the period of June 1st-August 11th, 9 weeks of work at $483/week. Outdoor Reading Guides can make additional salary by starting earlier in the season to help prepare for the start of camp. The schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm and will include nights at our overnight sight. No camp is held on weekends; some preparations are needed for camp on Monday.  Staff will spend some weeks (M-F) at our overnight site where room and board will be provided.
  • Opportunity to continue with organization after summer
  • Discount at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and access to other 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 admin@steamboatbooktrails.org  (include “BookTrails Outdoor Reading Guide” in subject line)

  • Resume
  • 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 admin@steamboatbooktrails.org with any questions. 

Summer Internship 2019

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Position 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 several interns to join our summer programming team. Interns will gain experience in many sectors of the organization— logistical planning, lesson and curriculum creation, and most of our intern’s time will be spent teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. Interns will also get 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 helping children have the nature experience of a lifetime. 

Responsibilities:

  • Create, prepare, and lead activities and lessons for school-aged children
  • Learn and practice the BookTrails curriculum and teaching program
  • Provide one-on-one and group setting literacy and nature education for students
  • Assist with morning and afternoon sign-in/out and organize camper paperwork
  • Help with transportation and logistical needs and planning field trips around the area
  • Room to grow within the organization
  • Have fun and be silly!  Play in the Colorado outdoors!

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate students studying environmental sciences, biology, literature/English, or education strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working with children, ages 3-12, preferably in an outdoor setting.
  • Must be a team player, problem solver, FLEXIBLE, work well under pressure
  • Strong knowledge of nature ecosystems, the natural world, or willingness to learn
  • Boundless energy and positive attitude
  • Must have strong reading and writing skills and a passion for literature
  • Must possess strong communication skills
  • Must hold valid driver’s license
  • Must be CPR and First Aid Certified, Lifeguards preferred! (applicants can be willing to obtain certifications prior to camp start date, BookTrails will not compensate for any certifications)

Conditions:

  • Must be able to reside in Steamboat Springs from June 1st-August 11th.
  • Must be financially able to commit to internship for the entire period of 10 weeks without compensation.  BookTrails Interns can choose to either receive a $1,000 stipend or have free housing during the time of the internship.   BookTrails can also help interns find supplementary jobs on the weekends.
  • Interns will rotate between working Camp Weeks (M-F 8am-5pm) and Planning Weeks (teach 2 short day classes and plan for the following camp week on their own time)

Benefits:

  • Interns may choose between receiving the living stipend, or receiving free housing for the 10 week period.  Intern applicants should be mindful of planning for the 9 weeks (over 10 weeks) internship to make the internship commitment financially feasible/reasonable.
  • Willing to work with student to obtain college credit
  • Invaluable learning experience in fields of natural ecology, local Colorado history, and environmental education.  Interns will have the freedom to teach topics they are passionate about
  • Excellent resume builder and references—opportunity to continue with organization.
  • Opportunity to work hours at the bookstore (Off the Beaten Path)
  • Opportunity to explore private, wild Colorado lands and camping/rafting trips.
  • We have a ton of FUN!

Apply

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Three written references, one 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. Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interest that qualify you to fulfill the expectations outlined above.
  • Please contact Admin@steamboatbooktrails.org with any questions.

Counselor in Training 2019

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Position Summary:

The BookTrails CIT program is a new opportunity for rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to stay, or become, involved with BookTrails! CIT’s will get to spend one week at our overnight site, the Reading Ranch, 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!

CIT participants 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. CIT’s will also get to explore their personal 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!
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Qualifications:

  • Open to rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders
  • 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:

  • Experience in applying and interviewing for a job
  • Letter of recommendation from BookTrails (if CIT 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!

Training:

  • One day training the week of July 8th (date TBD) and feedback throughout the week from camp staff
  • Training topics include: leadership styles; goal setting; BookTrails mission, philosophy, and camp rules; learning camp games; risk management/ safety; and reviewing CIT expectations and responsibilities

 

Cost:

  • Half-price of camp tuition- $300 for the week. Scholarships are available.

Apply:

CLICK HERE FOR CIT APPLICATION

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