“They served as great role models and shared their worldly experiences with the group. They provided great guidance and encouraged him to advocate for himself more, which echoes much of our parental advice.”
— Parents of Jeremy B, Auburn, CA


ARCC Program Leaders are exceptional people of extraordinary character and experience. They are enthusiastic about serving others, travel, adventure, and most importantly, helping teenagers thrive. A job at ARCC is a coveted position. As a result, we are able to handpick experienced, energetic, fun, capable and mature individuals to lead our programs. Our extremely competitive hiring process ensures ARCC students receive the finest quality leadership in the industry. ARCC Trip Leaders inspire, motivate, and set a positive example that lasts far beyond the summer’s end.

Program Leadership

ARCC boasts over a fifty percent return rate for staff. Ranging from 21-32 years old, and averaging 24 years, our leaders have extensive experience in team leading, service learning, teaching, and international travel. Trip Leaders are selected from hundreds of highly qualified applicants and trained extensively by ARCC. In addition to these Trip Leaders, we also enlist professional outfitters for our adventure activities such as rafting, surfing, sailing and SCUBA diving.

Trip Leader Selection

ARCC’s outstanding reputation in the industry brings us hundreds of staff applications each year. We take careful steps to ensure we hire leaders with extraordinary character and experience. We only hire new leaders after they participate in a multi-stage interview/hiring process; this process includes a detailed application, multiple reference checks and a series of in-depth interviews. In addition, all leaders must pass rigorous background checks in order to work for ARCC. New leaders are not put onto programs until they also successfully complete ARCC’s intensive 8-day Staff Training under the scrutiny of Full Time and seasoned Field Staff members.

Leader Training

ARCC’s comprehensive Staff Training sets the industry standard and is the prototype for many similar programs. Each ARCC leader has at least 80 hours of Emergency Wilderness Medicine training and must be WFR or EMT certified. In addition to the extensive experience our leaders already bring to ARCC, they are also required to attend our sweeping 8-day Staff Training focusing on trip safety, group dynamics, logistics, leadership, communications, protocols and emergency procedures. This eight day training is followed by two to three additional days of focused trip preparation. In sum, our leaders are required to have at least 20 days of training prior to leading a program for ARCC.

Adriana Boylan

Alden Towler

Alex Morton

Anna Middleton

Anna T.

Anna Tadio

Arizona Alli

Arizona Alli

Aubrey Suber

Bailey Mohorcich

Barona DiNapoli

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis

Bobbi Anderson

Cade Thompson

Carolyn Highland

Carolyn Highland

Chris Emme

Conor Birmingham

Dylan Harper

Eli Fisher

Elizabeth Fraser

Elizabeth Fraser


Eric Nodge

Erin Minuth

Erin Minuth

Ethan Savel

Graham Phelps

Graham Phelps

Greg Berry

Hailey Gelzer

Hanna Thomas


Jack Marcus

Jake Trusheim

Jasmin Gonzalez

John Lyon


Jonathan Presley

Jordan Richardson

Jorie Heilman

Kaitlyn Medina

Katy Flinn

Katy Flinn

Kim Wheeler

Kyle D'Ambrosio

Laura Anderson

Lee E.

Lee Erickson

Lucia Pierson

Luke Dauner

Maddie Frank

Matt Cook

Phoebe M.

Phoebe McGuire

Quincy Hirt

Rachel Desmarais

Ryan Manders

Ryan McDuffie

Samrat Urval

Sarah Sindel


Shannon Tebbetts