Teen Shomrim Program

Check back soon for information about our 2018–2019 Shomrim Program


Wilderness Torah is overjoyed to begin the second season of our Teen Shomrim (guardian) program. In response to our growing number of B’naiture graduates and the successful teen programs run at our land-based festivals, we have a series of offerings for our 2018-2019 season!

Teens play a unique role in the village: they are intermediaries between youth and adults. They are still in touch with the magic of childhood, and are beginning to step into responsibility for the mizvot (Jewish teachings on how to live responsibly and compassionately). Wilderness Torah honors them as Shomrim because of their unique ability to relate to, connect with, and tend to the village and its many inhabitants.

Our offerings reflect this bridge-building role. Some of them ask the teens to step up as mentors and fill support roles for our programs (such as our B’hootz and B’naiture Teen Apprentice Mentors) and others invite teens to continue on as participants in programs held by our adult mentors, such as our Shomrim Gatherings and festival teen programs.

For clarification on eligibility for various options, or to discuss any of this further, please contact us.

B’hootz Teen Apprentice Mentor

Our teen Shomrim are invited to begin their journeys as mentors through an apprenticeship with our B’hootz program. Each teen apprentice is paired with an experienced adult mentor and helps lead a group of kids grades K–5.

This marks an exciting transition and involves a significant time commitment spanning the school year. Teen apprentices attend our staff trainings, special teen meetings weekend, and two trainings throughout the year, in addition to each day of B’hootz.

As an apprentice mentor for B’hootz, you are given the opportunity to build upon the skills and knowledge you gained in B’naiture. This happens through mentorship from the B’hootz staff and Youth Programs Manager and experience serving as a mentor to B’hootz kids.

Interested teens are asked to fill out a short application and come in for an interview, as spaces are limited. Applications will open soon for the 2018-2019 season. If you are interested in future opportunities, please contact us.


You guys are maintaining channels of authentic living for my children. In the face of the social media onslaught, I often feel powerless to help my children connect to life in the real world. B’Naiture planted some important seeds, but without Shomrim tending the garden, I fear the lessons they learned would dry up from tumblr and snapchat. Thanks for keeping the garden growing – they trust you guys so much!
Jennifer Bean Miller, Teen Shomrim Parent