American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Job & Internship Opportunities

Adaptive Sports Intern

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)

Location: Breckenridge, CO
Semesters: Summer

Posted On: 01/27/2015

Population Age: Adolescents, Adults, Children
Population Characteristics: Behavioral/Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disabilities
Primary Setting: Parks & Recreation Agency
Housing Available: Yes
Number of CTRs Employed at Facility/Agency: 3

Stipends or Other Benefits: Yes
Listing of Stipends or Other Benefits:
$50 stipend per month, 25 punch pass to the Breckenridge Recreation Center, and room and board

What is the BOEC? Located in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand the potential of people with disabilities through meaningful, educational, and inspiring outdoor experiences. The BOEC began back in 1976 with a staff that consisted of volunteers only, gear that came from their closets, and food that was donated or provided by participants. The BOEC has come a long way since then. The BOEC offers Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding, Wilderness Courses (on-site as well as mobile courses) and a unique Internship Program. Situated on 39 acres, the BOEC Wilderness Site boasts a climbing wall, a high ropes course, high and low team initiatives, rafts, canoes, sea kayaks, cabins, a teepee, and much more, as resources for experiential education. Extraordinary things happen here at the BOEC. A man with quadriplegia finds the courage and patience to take on the high ropes course, a woman who is blind feels the thrill of carving down some fresh powder, a group of teenage boys learn what it means to work hard as they set fence ties on a desert farm in Utah – these are mere glimpses of what happens at the BOEC. For more than 35 years, the BOEC has been changing lives, or more accurately, showing people they have the power within themselves to change their own lives. Becoming a BOEC Summer Intern Summer interns make a four-month commitment from May 15th through September 30th working primarily for the BOEC Wilderness Program. The summer begins with three weeks of intense training. During this time interns learn their role within the BOEC and get a chance to develop the hard (technical) and soft (people) skills needed to work here at the BOEC. Throughout the summer, interns get hands on experience in all aspects of programming and become staff on wilderness courses. The responsibilities include planning, implementing/ facilitating, and evaluating the courses that they are a part of. Courses can range from one to fourteen days. They may be held here at our wilderness site or in a mobile format (camping, canoeing, or rafting trips off the BOEC site). Interns play a role in planning the menu, pulling the gear, facilitating the high ropes course, canoeing, hiking, climbing, cycling and other outdoor adventures and evaluating the course at the end. The amount of responsibility given to the interns depends on what each individual proves he or she can handle. Along with working wilderness courses, interns are provided with the opportunity to work with the operations manager and the administrative staff. The summer internship allows for interns to gain experience working in outdoor /experiential education, recreation management, therapeutic recreation, and working with people with disabilities, as well as a chance to take advantage of Colorado's summer experience.

Contact Information

Hannah Lang, CTRS, MA


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