For those who have never lived in a rustic environment before, camp life can be a transition. There is limited employee housing at all camps and employees are required to share a room with one other staff member of the same sex. There is the occasional compelling exception to offer an employee a private room. At Winterlake Lodge, some employees are housed in “weatherport” structures, which are rigid wall tents situated on platforms. Some employees are required to spend extended time on remote float trips and out camp adventures.
As with any small community, the lodges require rules and regulations so that we can remain organized and professional. An employee manual is located at each lodge site. All Within The Wild Adventure Company employees who begin the season with us will undergo a complete orientation. Employees that join us into the season will be given an orientation by their direct supervisor. We try to make lodge life as comfortable, easy-going, and fun as we can. Some rules are strict and will be absolutely enforced, as with our no-drug policies. We do not center our social activities on alcohol. We enjoy challenging ourselves both mentally and physically to explore new areas of the backcountry and to learn new skills. We are passionate collectors of music and particularly enjoy bluegrass.
We try to create off-time social opportunities. Some individual and team sports activities, such as volleyball have been popular. Employees take meals together at regularly scheduled times. The lodge chefs prepare food for the staff as well as the guests.