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In addition to providing useful skills in outdoor survival and appreciation, Machia Wilderness Camp is fun and inspiring for many campers. Those who have demonstrated leadership qualities and have proven to be responsible during the camp week are invited back as apprentices.

The apprentice program is similar to a traditional Counselor in Training program. Apprentices learn in classes separate from the campers and then have the opportunity to lead a class, under the supervision of the adult instructors. Apprentices hone leadership skills, gain confidence and inspire the campers they teach while continuing to learn themselves. Apprentices may also attend events with board members throughout the year, assisting with fundraising and helping people understand our mission.

Machia Wilderness Camp's apprentice program fulfills the community service credit required by most high schools. Although not a paid position, apprentices can list participation as experience when applying for first employment.


Online Army Commissioning of Machia Camp Apprentice!

Liam O'Brien has served Machia Wilderness Camp and will now serve his country.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership:

Chloe's life after being a camper, an apprentice, and serving as camp medic at Machia Camp.

A Formative Experience:
A once reluctant camper, Chloe's experiences at camp helped her discover her passion for nature and outdoor adventure. 

NOTE: Participants' last names may be omitted to protect their privacy. E-mail with questions or concerns.

Click to read Chloe's story.
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