Apply to be a FOOT Leader

FOOT leaders play a crucial role in the success of the program. During the August trips, leaders are responsible for not only the safety of the FOOT group, but also for fostering an enjoyable, stimulating group environment. FOOT leaders must show sensitivity, compassion, and enthusiasm, and have the ability to think calmly and quickly under pressure. Leadership experience takes many forms, and group skills are as essential to a good trip as outdoors skills. If you think you would like to be a FOOT leader but do not have outdoors experience or did not participate in FOOT as a freshman, please do not hesitate to apply. Also, you do NOT need to buy or find your own equipment. We will teach you the skills necessary to lead backpacking trips through several leader-training courses, as well as lend you any equipment you may need. Note: this year we will also be organizing a few “base camp” trips that include day hikes from a campground that has basic facilities (bathrooms, showers, etc.).


This year, applications will be due no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, February 2nd. They must be submitted in TWO WAYS: A hard copy must be submitted in the Saybrook Head of College Office (on the due date only), and an electronic version of your application must be emailed to The subject of your email submission should be “lastname  firstname application 2017” and your document must be named “lastname2017” (but replace “lastname” with your actual last name, please). We will unfortunately not be accepting applications from sophomores who will be studying abroad in the Fall of 2017.


All applications will receive two anonymous readings, and each applicant will be interviewed before Spring Break. If you are a freshman that went on a FOOT trip, your leaders will be writing recommendations on your behalf. If you are a sophomore applicant that went on FOOT, please have at least one of your FOOT leaders write you a recommendation letter and then provide a recommendation from a second source – for example, a FroCo, a club leader, faculty member, high school mentor, or current FOOT leader. If you did not go on FOOT, you must still submit at least two recommendations, ideally from one of the additional sources listed above. The recommendation form for non-FOOT Leaders will be available at here on January 26th. They should submit the recommendation form by Sunday, February 7.


We will make our decisions based on the interview, the written application, and the recommendations.

Application for FOOT Leader is here! Due 5pm, Thursday, February 2nd.


Recommenders should fill out the online form hereRecommendations are due on Sunday, February 5th. 


FOOT Leader Requirements:

l April 4: New Leader Meet-n-Greet

l Date TBD: Dean’s Office Pre-Orientation Leader Training

l April 9: “Shakedown”

l April 23: Spring Equipment Day

l May 11-17: May Training (an extended training program including workshops and backpacking)

l August 15-25: SOLO Wilderness First Aid certification and leading FOOT Trips. We arrange for leaders to obtain American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR certification (these dates are subject to change)


Attendance is mandatory at all FOOT training sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to email We look forward to hearing from you!


Priscilla Kellert

Meg Pritchard

Taylor Holshouser

Program Director