Guide at Wilderness Ranch

The purpose of a Wilderness Ranch guide is to, through the highest levels of safety, facilitate spiritual and emotional growth within all group members, i.e., campers, leaders and guide team partners.

Guides have a heart for serving and pointing others to the loving arms of Jesus. Guiding is a great opportunity to grow in your own relationship with the Lord while being part of a fun and encouraging community.  

Guides typically spend 2 of every 3 weeks on adventure. When guides are in basecamp, they will jump into a variety of roles, wherever needed for that week. Recently, we've made the switch to allowing guides to keep their cell phones during the summer and making ​ a less prioritized WiFi signal available to them. This allows guides to stay more connected with love ones back home while maintaining that less-distracted space.


  • 20 years old by May 1, 2023
  • 2 years of ministry experience (post high school) -- does not have to be Young Life experience
  • Make a 2 summer commitment, including spring training dates (TBD) and one week of trail training. For 2023, guides will arrive on May 14 and depart on August 12.
  • Understand that it is a volunteer position
  • Understand that guides facilitate both backpacking and adventure camping trips
  • Understand that guiding requires a basic level of fitness and ability. There will be a pack test where you must hike 3 miles with a 45 pound pack in under 45 minutes.

Hiring Process

  • We start interviewing shortly after applications are received in mid-November.
  • All hiring decisions are made by end of January 2023.
  • Training begins in the spring of 2023.

To Apply

The hiring process begins in October. All interested guide candidates must fill out these forms or call the winter office at 719-867-3622.

Young Life’s national camping processes for Summer 2023 are being evaluated to track the country’s progress in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We are grateful for your flexibility as we pivot and innovate during this season of change.

Read the 2022 Guide Job Description

Wilderness Ranch Guide Applicationfor Summer 2023

Ministry Reference Form​ for Summer 2023 (you must submit two for your application to be considered complete).

Employment Reference Form​ for Summer 2023 (you must submit one for your application to be considered complete).

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