The difference between a good summer program and an exceptional summer program is the quality of its leaders. We know this and we take the time to recruit leaders who are responsible, compassionate, inspiring, and fun. Our leaders love working with kids and they love the outdoors. Students look up to our leaders as role models, and overwhelmingly rate them as excellent.

  • Apogee selectively recruits trip leaders from prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities.
  • We look for individuals with outstanding leadership skills and wide-ranging experience working with young people in the outdoors.
  • Every applicant fills out a detailed application and is carefully interviewed, in person, by our directors.
  • We check references thoroughly and perform a full background check (SORI, CORI, and when applicable, driving record) before offering any position.
  • Our leaders are a minimum of twenty years old. Most are between 21 and 26.
  • Leader training takes place over the course of an intensive, ten day-long program at Apogee’s headquarters in Brunswick, Maine. We work with our leaders both in the classroom and in the field to cover everything from safety and group dynamics to trip logistics and outdoor skills. Leaders also spend time reviewing student applications so they are familiar with each individual in their group before the start of their trip. By the end of their training, leaders are well prepared to safely and effectively lead their group on the adventure of a lifetime.
  • All of our leaders are CPR, First Aid/Wilderness First Responder, and Lifeguard certified at a minimum. Many hold higher certifications.
  • Apogee enjoys a very high leader return rate. Many veteran leaders return for multiple summers.

Read more below to meet some of our outstanding Trip Leaders.

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Red Giuliano, Milan, Italy
Cornell University, Class of 2018

Trips as a Leader:
Vermont to Montreal ’16, Europe Coast to Coast ’17

Red Giuliano comes to Apogee with citizenship in not just one, but three countries (USA, Italy & Switzerland)! Red spent the first 13 years of his life in Milan, Italy, with his American mother, Italian father, and younger brother. From there, Red moved to Portland, Oregon where he perfected his English before his mother’s work took the family to Manila, Philippines when Red was 16. Red was extremely active at his school, the International School of Manila, as well as in his local community. In Manila, he broke two school records while captaining the track team, and also spent time at the Philippine Institute for the Deaf working with students to overcome communication challenges. Red had an opportunity to work with kids between the ages of 7 and 16 when he taught basic English and Math to refugees at the ABS-CBN Eco Village, a center for families affected by the explosion of Mt. Pinatubo, a Philippine volcano. Red is a Senior at Cornell University and is majoring in Economics. When Red isn’t working on a cost/benefit analysis, he’s highly involved with Cornell Outdoor Education and Outdoor Odyssey, Cornell’s outdoor orientation program for incoming Freshmen. Red has led numerous trips for students at Cornell, including multiple lake and river canoe camping trips. Fluent in Italian, English and Spanish, Red is truly a man of the world.

Emily Hoffman

Emily Hoffman, New York, NY
St. Lawrence University, Class of 2018

Trips as a Student:
Cape Cod & the Islands ’11, Caribbean Service Adventure ’12, Montana Service Adventure ’13, Europe Coast to Coast ’14

Trips as a Leader:
Coast to Quebec ’16, Montana Service Adventure ’17

Coming to us from the bustling streets of New York City, Emily Hoffman is well-versed in all things Apogee. Emily spent four summers with us as a student – she biked on Cape Cod and across Montana and Europe. She also spent time with us in Puerto Rico volunteering on service projects. As a Junior at St. Lawrence University, Emily’s passion for the outdoors has truly blossomed. During her Sophomore fall, Emily took part in SLU’s “Adirondack Semester,” a program that took her entirely off the grid for three months, foregoing technology and running water in exchange for a better understanding of how to live simply. Back on campus, Emily studies Environmental Sociology and lives in the “Women’s Resources Center,” a house dedicated to creating a safe environment for women to find a healthy, supportive community on campus. Emily is passionate about service and working with youth. During her senior year in high school Emily traveled to Guatemala with the “Safe Passage” organization and worked with local students teaching English and the sport of lacrosse.  Beyond her travels to Guatemala and with Apogee, Emily has been to France, Italy, London and Mexico.

Tim Hunt, Oakland, CATim Hunt
Bowdoin College, Class of 2014

Trips as a Leader:
California Mountains & Coast ’12, Pacific Coast ’13, Alps Explorer ’15, Europe Coast to Coast ’16, America Coast to Coast ’17

Tim Hunt’s diverse interests range from hiking to neuroscience to cycling to white-water kayaking to Renaissance a cappella music – and pretty much everything in between. Tim hails from Oakland, California, where he was a member of the Pacific Boychoir Academy for eleven years. With this world-renowned group of singers, Tim toured through Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and China. Tim is a 2014 Bowdoin College graduate, where he double-majored in Neuroscience and French. While at Bowdoin, Tim played trombone in the Jazz Combo, ran for both the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams, and satisfied his passion for the outdoors by spending weekends on skiing and hiking trips with the Outing Club. Tim spent his Junior semester abroad in Paris where he sang with an a cappella group he co-founded, and picked up useful French phrases such as “Yes, I am planning to eat both of those baguettes.” And in case you didn’t think his adventuring credentials are in order, we’re happy to tell you that Tim has hiked both the Pacific Crest Trail (2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico) and all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine!

Becca StampBecca Stamp, Cranston, RI
Cornell University, Class of 2017 

Trips as a Leader:
Northwest Explorer ’15, Alps Explorer ’16, Europe Coast to Coast ’17

The sixth of eight siblings (yes – eight!), Becca Stamp hails from Cranston, Rhode Island, where her large family runs a small farm. Becca spent years working with her family on the farm where she learned the value of hard work and honed her phenomenal interpersonal skills. Becca has excelled academically and athletically, as well, serving as Captain of her high school’s Cross Country team and diving into the outdoor education pogram when she started college. A recent graduate of Cornell University where she majored in Communications, Becca has made the cultivation of her outdoor leadership skills a true focal point of her education. She served as a leader for Cornell’s wilderness‐based pre‐orientation program and, additionally, as a facilitator at Cornell’s outdoor‐oriented Team and Leadership Center.

David Munger, Wheat Ridge, CO
Hamilton College, Class of 2016

Trips as a Leader:
California Mountains & Coast ’16, Alps Explorer ’17

In his childhood, the Rocky Mountain State provided ample opportunities for David Munger to get outside and foster his love for the outdoors with his parents and older sister. David gave back to his home state as a Colorado Outward Bound School Instructor, honing his leadership skills by serving as a logistics staff member and heading up a breathtaking fifteen-day alpine backpacking trip for teenagers. David is a 2016 graduate of Hamilton College, where he studied Philosophy and was very involved in the college’s wilderness pre-orientation program, Adirondack Adventure; not only did David lead trips for Adirondack Adventure, but he also spent a year planning the trip logistics for each of the program’s 30 trips as the Student Assistant Director. While David has taken on plenty of land-based adventures, he also a man of the deep blue sea and spent a semester working on a 135-foot sailboat performing oceanographic research, hoisting the sails, and enjoying the cool breeze in New Zealand. Additionally, David and a friend attempted to be the first to circumnavigate Jamaica by sea kayak, but were unfortunately stymied by nasty weather and wrist tendinitis. Back on dry land, David now spends the school year as an outdoor educator at The Leadership School at Kieve-Wavus Education Foundation in Maine, facilitating week-long programs for school groups from around the greater New England area.

Emma Balin, Mamaroneck, NY
Tufts University, Class of 2019

Trips as a Student:
Coast to Quebec ’12, Pacific Coast ’13, America Coast to Coast ’14

Trips as a Leader:
Vermont to Montreal ’17

Born on New Year’s Day at 12:21 AM, Emma Balin’s love for the outdoors originated during childhood trips with her family to hike the Pyrenees, kayak off the coast of Vancouver, and explore the sunflower fields of Italy. She further developed a thirst for adventure during her many summers as an Apogee student – biking both the east and west coasts, in addition to the entirety of the US on our America Coast to Coast trip! Now a student at Tufts University where she double majors in Political Science and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Emma has always had a passion for working with youth; she worked as a camp counselor throughout high school, where she specialized in choreographing talent shows. At Tufts, Emma is a Big Sister for a middle school student and works with the Tufts community service-based pre-orientation program, FOCUS. When she’s not curled up with a cup of tea in the library, Emma can be found putting more miles on her very well traveled bike!

Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith, Yarmouth, ME
Colby College, Class of 2018

Trips as a Leader:
Vermont to Montreal ’16, Europe Coast to Coast ’17

Although Chandler Smith’s family now resides in Yarmouth, Maine, he and his family spent a fair amount of time living abroad. Along with extended stints in England and Poland, they called Melbourne, Australia home for six years where Chandler played cricket and quickly developed a hybrid American-Australian accent (which he has sadly since retired). Chandler has completed multi-day whitewater rafting trips, covered a variety of terrain by foot in Scotland and the US, and spent two weeks camping, climbing glaciers, and hiking in New Zealand. A Senior at Colby College, Chandler is very active on campus, where he is a member of Class Council, engaged in student government, and serves as a peer mentor. Chandler leads pre-orientation trips for incoming freshmen and also serves as a youth mentor in the Waterville, ME community. Chandler has spent the last six summers splitting his time as a camp counselor and coaching youth soccer – a job he’s well qualified for as a member of the semi-professional soccer team, the Portland Phoenix! While athletics are a major part of Chandler’s life – he is on the varsity Colby’s Men’s Soccer team and is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the college – he is a passionate, self-described “shameless dancer.”