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 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, 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.).

Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, January 31st, 2019. A PDF of the application must be submitted as an attachment via email to The subject of your email submission should be “Lastname  Firstname StudentIDnumber”. 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. The PDF of the application should also be named after your SID, for instance “123456789”. We will unfortunately not be accepting applications from sophomores currently studying abroad or who will be studying abroad in Fall 2019.

All applications will receive two anonymous readings, and each applicant will be interviewed before Spring Break. If you are a first year 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 is available here: They should submit the recommendation form by Sunday, February 4.

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

The 2019 application is linked here!


FOOT Leader Requirements:

April 4: New-Leader Meet n’ Greet:

April 7: Spring EQ day

April 13: Shakedown

May 9-15: May Training

August 13: All leaders return to campus

August 14 at 8:00am: First all-leader meeting!

August 14-23: 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

Andy Ballard

Natalie Leitman

Program Director