The application season for the 2022 Ranger Class  is open!

  • Complete an Application

    Applications are closed for 2022.   Applications for 2023 will open in the fall of 2022.  Please come back and visit us then!

    In the meantime, please reach out if you have any questions:

    Email to
    Phone: 202-557-8966
    Mail to City Kids Wilderness Project, 2437 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009

  • Attend Orientation Events

    Attend 2 required orientation events in the spring:

    Applicant Orientations:  Required orientation event for parents & applicants.

    New Dates Added:  TBD 2023

    Applicant Camping Trip:  Required camping trips for all applicants.

    Date:   TBD 2023

  • City Kids may ask for an additional interview or recommendation from your school.

City Kids also recruits new youth from partner organizations, including:

To learn more about the application process, please contact Victor at

What are we looking for in applicants?

  • Excited to travel and OK being away from home
  • Enjoy the outdoors or are willing to learn
  • Like to try new things & challenge themselves
  • Like to meet new friends
  • Ready to commit to a 6 year program
  • Willing and able to follow the City Kids honor code
  • Meet City Kids cognitive and physical ability criteria
  • Qualifying for free & reduced lunch is prioritized

Nondiscrimination Policy

The City Kids Wilderness Project admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other school-administered programs.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

The health and well-being of our participants and staff are top priorities. The wilderness environments City Kids programs live in and travel through are remote, dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. We are looking for participants who are in good health, physically and emotionally, and have an interest in being a part of a community.

To determine if City Kids program is a good match, City Kids has a list of essential eligibility criteria to help applicants and families identify the basic and fundamental elements of participation required to participate.  Please read through the following list of City Kids Essential Eligibility Criteria.