Apply to be a FOOT Leader!

The 2022 FOOT Leader Application is now closed. 

If you submitted an application, but haven’t received an invite for an interview yet, please email ASAP!

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 possess sensitivity, compassion, enthusiasm, and 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 first-year, 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 and lend you any equipment you may need. Anyone who graduates in December 2023 or later is encouraged to apply, though we will unfortunately not be accepting applications from sophomores currently studying abroad or who will be studying abroad in Fall 2022.

The application, which will be linked here starting on January 31st, consists of written questions, a Personal Information Form, 1-2 recommendation(s), and a 10-minute interview. To begin, download the 2022 application, complete the written questions, and save the file as a PDF. This document should contain no personal identifying information but the file name must be your Student ID number (e.g., 919456789.pdf). The Student ID number (SID) is the nine-digit number at the bottom-left of your Yale ID, and can also be viewed on Yale SIS.

You will then complete a few questions on the Personal Information Form and upload your PDF. Please carefully read the instructions in the application document regarding the Form.

It is your responsibility to reminder your recommender(s) to submit this recommendation form on your behalf. They should submit the recommendation form by Friday, February 18th. Further instructions about who you may choose as your recommender(s) may also be found in the application. All applications will receive two anonymous readings, and each applicant will be interviewed before Spring Break.

Applications are due no later than 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, February 11th, 2022.

FOOT Leader Application Timeline

January 31st, 9pm: New Leader Information Session (recording here)

January 31st: Applications Open

February 11th, 11:59pm: Applications Due

February 14th: Interviews Begin

February 18th: Recommendations Due

March 11th: Interviews Conclude

FOOT Leader Requirements (these dates are subject to change):

April 1: New Leader Meet and Greet
April 9: Shakedown: Welcoming new leaders to the FOOT community
May 12-13, 15-18: May Training— Two days of leader skill workshops, and a short backpacking trip
August 16: All leaders return to campus

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

Laurel Humphreys

David Yu

Program Director