Junior Staff

JS Policies


What is Wilderness Trail’s Junior Staff ministry?

Junior Staff with Wilderness Trail is a discipleship opportunity.  Experienced WT hikers who desire to grow closer to God through serving and leading are placed in a group to partner with the Staff in ministry for the week of retreats and backpacking. 

To apply to serve as Junior Staff with Wilderness Trail, you must:

  • Be fifteen years of age by the time of the event during which you will serve as Junior Staff
  • Have completed 3 summer hikes with WT
  • Receive positive recommendations from a youth counselor and a WT Staff person

Once accepted, Junior Staff register for events on a first come, first serve basis according the event size and leadership needs via our online registration page.  The Informed Consent, JS registration fee, and signed Junior Staff Policies are then sent to PO BOX 742, Waynesville, NC 28786.  

Apply Online HereDownload and Print the Junior Staff Application


Register online or fill out the paper form and mail it to PO BOX 742, Waynesville, NC 28786. Contact Matthew at 828.734.0355 with questions.

The Timeline

  • For each summer, applications will be reviewed and notifications will be communicated with registration instructions by March 15th.  It’s never too late to apply!


Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Junior Staff experience, application, or registration.  If you are expecting to hear from us and no word comes, call us!  We want to keep you up-to-date and plugged in on opportunities to grow and serve!