Become a Guide

  1. Become a Guide in Training (GIT)
    1. Participate on at least one MMC trip
    2. Have a current Wilderness First Aid or higher certification
    3. Have completed a guide seminar for the track you are pursuing (Hiking, Canoeing, Climbing)
    4. Have completed a logistics module
    5. Have a valid 7 or 15-passenger van license (if you are eligible)
  2. Lead one or more co-leads
    Co-leads are an opportunity to practice (and be evaluated on) the skills that you’ve learned in the guide seminar. Boating and Climbing tracks require a minimum of two co-leads before consideration for full guide status.

Information to Keep in Mind
Co-leads must be led by one GIT (two with Head Guide approval) and one advanced guide. A trip with less than 4 participants may not count as a co-lead. The advanced guide will review the GIT and determine action steps in conjunction with the Head Guide.

MMC Guide Structure
Head Guide
Elected by the MMC Board
Completed all advanced guide requirements
Advanced Guide
Completed all guide requirements
Has led at least 10 days of trips at Middlebury including MiddView or FOO!
Must attend an advanced guiding module on assessing co-leads
Should actively seek to do co-leads with GITs
Completed all GIT requirements
Successfully completed at least one co-lead (hiking guides) or at least two co-leads (climbing and canoeing guides)
Approved for guide status by the Head Guide
Guide in Training (GIT)
Has been a participant on at least one MMC trip
Must have a current Wilderness First Aid or higher certification
Has completed a hiking guide seminar
Has a valid 7 or 15-passenger van license (if eligible)


Guide Retreat
Will take place once a semester and be a minimal time commitment (we will car-camp). Lots of fun will be had.

First-Aid Refresher
All guides and advanced guides will attend a first-aid scenario refresher once a semester to maintain guide status. This can include scenarios as part of MiddView/FOO, helping with a guide seminar medical scenario, or attending a formal medical training.

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