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 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. We will unfortunately not be accepting applications from sophomores currently studying abroad or who will be studying abroad in Fall 2020.

  • Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Friday, January 31st, 2020.

The application consists of written questions, a Personal Information Form, 1-2 recommendation(s), and a 10-minute interview. To begin, please download the 2020 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., 123456789.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 Sunday, February 2. Further instructions about who you may choose as your recommender(s) may also be found in the application.

The 2020 application is linked here!
All applications will receive two anonymous readings, and each applicant will be interviewed before Spring Break.

FOOT Leader Requirements:

March 28: Dean’s Office Pre-Orientation Leader Training
April 2: New Leader Meet and Greet
April 5: Spring EQ day: A full day of leader bonding while sorting & organizing FOOT gear
April 11: Shakedown: Welcoming new leaders to the FOOT community
May 7-13: May Training: Two days of leader skill workshops and a four-day training backpacking trip
August 18: All leaders return to campus
August 19 at 9:00am: First all-leader meeting!
August 19-28: Wilderness First Aid certification and leading FOOT Trips. We arrange for leaders to obtain American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR certification

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

Aditi Shetty

Tommy Martin

Program Director