Summer Camp and Ranch Jobs

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At Camp Summit, you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of people with a wide range of disabilities. One season will change your life. Apply for a job now!

Camp Summit provides a great opportunity for growth, fun, resume building, memories, and impacting the lives of remarkable campers who have a wide range of disabilities. Seasonal staff positions include Counselors, Unit Leaders, Rovers, Nurses, Kitchen Staff and Activity Directors in the following areas: Arts & Crafts, Horses/Wrangler, Nature, Pool, Ropes Course, and Sports & Games. Now recruiting for the fall season (mid-September to mid-November).

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresAre you ready to feel like a kid again, but with a lot more responsibility? Thousands of camp counselors, teachers, mentors, guest service and hospitality staff, kitchen help, maintenance workers, wranglers, ranch crew and adventure leaders travel to unique places each summer or season to share their skills, talents and zest for life with kids and families alike in the pursuit of adventure and fun.

Whether guiding outdoor adventures for kids at a summer camp, leading fun and educational activities in your area of expertise, teaching a global awareness workshop or organic gardening class, cultivating a genuine curiosity and well being of your group, or strumming the guitar at the nightly campfire of a dude ranch, you'll have plenty of exciting job opportunities to explore here.

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Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

Milk a cow. Bottle feed baby goats. Harvest fresh organic produce from the educational garden. Live sustainably. Backpack from bay to sea. Swimming, hiking, storytelling, crafts and more! Summer camp at Hidden Villa will awaken each camper’s sense of awe for natural and human beauty, provide tools for multicultural community building, and create a learning environment that encourages a commitment to social and environmental justice. Cultivating the genuine curiosity, self-esteem, and well-being of campers, Summer Staff are integral in creating a place where everyone can develop self-confidence and experience a sense of belonging. From residential counselors and program heads to farm, healthcare and kitchen staff, there are over 50 summer job opportunities available in 2016. Staff members receive a base pay of $310 per week with increases depending on position and experience plus room and board. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent and have a love for working with youth, a fun-loving spirit, energetic, flexible, mature and team-oriented. A commitment from early June to mid-August is necessary, with some positions beginning as early as May 29th. Applications are available online or email campjobs@hiddenvilla.org for more information. Year-Long Residential Internships are also available.

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Live, work and play on a 1,600 acre wilderness preserve and organic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer!

Working as summer staff member at Hidden Villa, you will teach campers about the farm, the natural world and social and environmental justice and give them the skills to bring about change in their communities. This is not just another summer job, it is a job that impacts the world.

Live, work and play on a 1,600 acre wilderness preserve and organic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer! Help nurture relationships between people of different cultural, religious, economic, and racial backgrounds, and strengthen their connection to the environment as a summer staff member with Hidden Villa.

Camp Augusta: a nonprofit, residential summer camp located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern CaliforniaEach summer in a beautiful forested area complete with lake and waterfall, a small, tight and vibrant community is formed where campers can develop self-confidence, independence, emotional intelligence, creativity, activity skills, environmental awareness and appreciation, friendships, and healthy living skills. Kids also learn what most modern children have forgotten—how to just play and be a kid without television, video games, the Internet, canned games, or social pressure. This is Camp Augusta and they're searching for service-minded individuals interested in facilitating growth in children, themselves and other community members.

Summer 2016 job openings include General Counselors for boys and girls ages 8-16, Counselors specializing in equestrian, climbing or backpacking trips, Village Leaders, Wilderness Trips Leader, Arts Director, Food Services & Kitchen Team, Program Director, Puppet Master, a Master of Fun & Games and Maintenance HERO. Along with living healthy (lots of organic food!) and the longest paid staff training in the country (300+ hours each summer of focused, dedicated, specialized, on-site training, with instruction from outside experts), you'll make $2,750-$6,000 depending on position/experience, with the opportunity to make $1,000-$2,000 for pre and/or post season work as well. The initial application process consists of six questions (sharing your heart, mind and spirit!) so they can get to know you as a real, living, breathing human being. A commitment from mid-May to mid-August is required, with the opportunity to begin work in mid-April and continue through mid-September. If you want to work and play in a real community, drop by for a visit, call (530) 265-3702 or email Rosie Yamashita for more information.

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People can have a job, career, or a calling. Camp Augusta is looking for folks who have a calling. Work, play, learn, struggle and grow in a vibrant community this summer.

This summer at Camp Augusta you might have oatmeal dumped on your head, get thrown in the lake, dress up like a pirate, comfort a homesick child, play an age-old activity like Zoogle or Balero, share in contagious laughter, sleep and wonder under the stars or experience the fine art of doing nothing at the camp's Hammock Village! Do you have the right stuff?

Family-owned Kennolyn Camps offer a traditional, structured program designed to foster emotional, social and physical growth in each camper, while embracing the power of fun, play and adventure.

Nestled on 300 acres in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains of California’s central coast, where majestic redwood trees provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for camp adventures, family-owned Kennolyn Camps offer a traditional, structured program designed to foster emotional, social and physical growth in each camper, while embracing the power of fun, play and adventure. Now seeking a Ropes Course Coordinator who will work with the entire ropes staff at the multi-level climbing rock wall and three different ropes programs with elements for all ages and skill levels, including Log Cross, Vine Traverse, Plank Walk, High Y, Flying Squirrel, Team Beam and a Zip Line. You’ll find the magnificent redwoods are both the perfect anchors and stunning backdrops for these exciting and confidence building adventures. You must also be able to conduct ropes training, safely instruct staff to belay and operate a ropes course, and instruct campers on safety and techniques on the courses/walls. Applicants must have previous ropes course skills, but more importantly, the ability to teach these skills safely to other staff members. Compensation includes $385/week plus room in a staff cabin and meals. Position runs from June 13th to August 26th. If you love the outdoors, yearn for adventure and welcome new experiences, have a positive outlook and a great sense of humor, a strong work ethic and work well with others, and are enthusiastic, energetic, motivated, and adaptable, fill out the online application or email Katrina Ricca with any questions.

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Applicants must have previous ropes course skills, but more importantly, the ability to teach these skills safely to other staff members.

You’ll find the magnificent redwoods are both the perfect anchors and stunning backdrops for these exciting and confidence building adventures.

At Kennolyn Camps, you’ll work and play hard. If you have an outstanding work ethic, love working with children, desire to make a difference in the lives of everyone at camp (including yourself) then you might be a great fit for summer camp. Lifelong friendships come for free.

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Avid4 Adventure introduces kids to the power of the outdoors. They give them professional-caliber equipment and expert instruction as they learn to bike, paddle, climb and thrive outside.

Every summer Avid4 Adventure hires Instructors who have significant experience with children in grades Pre-K–12th and are willing to work hard and have fun, with positions available in the Bay Area of California and the Front Range in Colorado.

Two types of Instructor positions are available:
Discovery & Explorer: If you love the outdoors, lead groups in a variety of adventure-based sports. And if you love working with kids, they’ll train you to become an amazing adventure sports educator. Staff training will equip you with the skills to teach climbing (on a rock wall), paddling, biking and hiking to the youngest campers in Pre-K to 1st grade.
Skills & Adventure: This position is geared towards those with more advanced technical skills and those who participate regularly in some or all of the following activities: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. During staff training, you will learn how to facilitate a day of instruction and fun for each core sport!

Avid4 Adventure was rated number 60 on Outside Magazine's top 100 places to work in 2015!Why Avid4 Adventure? They want this to be the best job you've ever had! You will have the opportunity to instruct and inspire budding outdoor adventurers AND become part of an incredible team of outdoor enthusiasts. It’s crazy fun, blissfully tiring and endlessly rewarding. Great perks are also offered to help keep the outdoors always at your fingertips. Whatever kind of job you’re looking for—day camp, overnight camp, focused on one sport exclusively or a new one every day, Avid4 Adventure has the job for you! Positions are available from mid-May to mid-August with varied start/end dates, and an option to extend work through the fall.

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Working for Avid4 Adventure is crazy fun, blissfully tiring and endlessly rewarding.

The staff at Avid4 Adventures have an infectious love for life, for people and for sharing their passion for the outdoors!

It’s the people that work at Avid4 Adventure that inspire me almost every day. It’s their infectious love of life, of people and of sharing their passion for the outdoors. These are the people that I want my kids to be around as role models and guides. These are the people that I want to share my peak experiences in life with. These are the people that I want to create new adventures with.
—David Secunda, Avid4 Adventure Founder

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Colorado Mountain Ranch: outdoor summer camp job adventures in the RockiesOwned and operated by the Walker family since 1947, the Colorado Mountain Ranch summer camp provides a warm, friendly environment where individual growth and learning occur through confidence-building activities in an active outdoor setting. Adventurous programming abounds at the Ranch, with everything from a challenge ropes course and mountain boarding to Western horseback riding, hiking, camping, gymnastics and trampoline, and two newer programs: Earth! (offering experiences in sustainable living) and Water! (providing excursions to pools, lakes and streams for splashing, swimming and boating). Summer 2016 staff are instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of ranch programs and activities, facility use, food service, construction projects and maintenance. Every job—ranging from activity instructors and food service staff to counselors and wranglers—involves inspiring and guiding young people, participating enthusiastically in all daily activities and embracing the Native American philosophy of respect for self, others and nature. Depending on the position, first year staff members can earn $190-$250/week (plus a contract bonus), along with meals, housing, leadership training and, of course, living in the mountains for the summer! The Summer Camp season runs from late May to mid-August. Applications are available for download online.

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Colorado Mountain Ranch summer staff are instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of ranch programs and activities, facility use, food service, construction projects and maintenance.

Ready for a busy & diverse summer? Staff members at the Colorado Mountain Ranch will also be attending to the details of special events and parties, mountain wedding receptions, group horseback rides, and facilitating challenge groups on the ropes and mountain boarding courses.

Colvig Silver Camps: to facilitate the development of caring, thoughtful and responsible human beings!

Located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, family-owned Colvig Silver Camps is a residential, wilderness-oriented camp that blends traditional summer activities with overnight backcountry adventures. An environmentally oriented and non-competitive philosophy coupled with a choice-based format is designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility and teamwork. Camp activities include (but are never limited to) day hikes, field games, arts & crafts, western horseback riding, target sports, swimming, rock climbing, ropes/challenge course, environmental activities, campfires, songs, skits, cookouts and more! Wilderness trips include desert and alpine backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, Anasazi ruin exploration, canoeing and rafting. 2016 summer job opportunities include Program Coordinators, Arts & Crafts Coordinator, Rock Climbing/Ropes Course Coordinator, Expedition Coordinator, Pathfinding Coordinators, Wranglers, Head & Assistant Counselors, Cooks & Prep Cooks, Registered Nurse, and a Photographer. Benefits include a summer salary of $1,800 to $2,300, room and board, laundry, pro-deal purchases for outdoor gear, comprehensive staff training, and Wilderness First Aid certification. All staff will begin on May 30th for staff training and continue through August 9th, with a 3-day, mid-summer break from July 7–9. If you have a passion for working with children in an outdoor setting and a commitment to the development of positive, meaningful relationships, read the staff FAQs, fill out the online application or connect with Tyler Dixon for more information.

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Successful Colvig staff members will always put campers’ experiences before you own and be being silly, goofy, and embarrassing yourself in front of others.

Creative. Tireless, Patient. Flexible. Positive Attitude. Fun-Loving Spirit. Sense of Humor. Responsible. Sound like you? Colvig Silver Camps seeks these key attributes in its summer staff.

Creative. Tireless, Patient. Flexible. Positive Attitude. Fun-Loving Spirit. Sense of Humor. Responsible. Sound like you? Colvig Silver Camps seeks these key attributes in its summer staff.

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Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp experiences are designed to support campers in becoming responsible, caring and motivated individuals.Selected from local Tim Hortons restaurants, economically disadvantaged children ages 9-12 come to Camp Kentahten in the heart of Kentucky for 10 days free of cost. While here, they focus on earning GR8 Beads (goal-setting, peace, relationships, teamwork, motivation, responsibility, challenge and reflection) and enjoy activities such as the high and low ropes adventure course, archery, canoeing, creative arts and more! Serving as role models, Camp Counselors will provide direction, care and guidance to campers, inspire them to discover their strengths, try new things and overcome fears in a supportive and safe environment, facilitate intentional programs (designed to encourage and support kids to develop positive skills) and encourage campers to become more confident, caring and motivated. Pay starts at $220/week and goes up based on experience and certifications. All food and lodging will be provided throughout contract. You will also have the opportunity to travel to various parts of the Northwest US and Southern Ontario to pick kids up for camp or take them home after. Applicants should have experience working with kids, the ability to live on-site for an extended period of time, stay positive and thrive under pressure (camp days can be long). CPR/first aid and lifeguarding certification is an asset. Positions run from May 31st to September 2nd with a 10-day on, 2-day off work schedule. If you are excited to work as part of a positive team and love having fun, being outdoors and motivating others, send your resume to Rebecca Reynolds.

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The Tim Horton Children's Foundation takes pride in hiring and inspiring creative, child-centered team members.

The team models excellence, inspires personal best and is committed to furthering their mission for the benefit of the children and communities they serve.

The Tim Horton Children's Foundation takes pride in hiring and inspiring creative, child-centered team members. The team models excellence, inspires personal best and is committed to furthering their mission for the benefit of the children and communities they serve.

YMCA Camp Ernst is Greater Cincinnati’s favorite overnight camp, with programs for kids ages 5-15 that combine safety, creativity and good clean fun.

YMCA Job ListingYMCA Camp Ernst is Greater Cincinnati’s favorite overnight summer camp. Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, responsibility and respect, Camp Ernst hosts campers age 5-15 who can enjoy a wide variety of activities including a zipline and high ropes course, banana boat, 100 foot waterslide, giant swing, the BLOB, kayak & canoeing, horseback riding, nature hikes, fine arts, crafts, archery, spiritual development and so much more. Evenings are filled with large programs, including games like capture the flag, dodgeball, the Camp Ernst Party, and opening and closing campfires. The camp team is looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about youth development and the summer camp experience. Now accepting applications for Cabin Counselors and various leadership positions for the summer 2016 season. All staff members will live in a cabin with at least one co-counselor and 10-12 campers, and are responsible for the overall care and well being of their campers and leading/actively participating in all camp programs. Pay starts at $200/week, plus family-style meals and room. Staff training begins on June 4th with the camp season wrapping up on August 13th. If you are at least 18 years of age, eager to work with children and teens, and excited to work in the great outdoors, apply online today or contact Megan Gierhart for more information.

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The camp team is looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about youth development and the summer camp experience.

YMCA Camp Ernst strives to promote positive character values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility in young people through the healthy development of spirit, mind, body and friendship.

YMCA Camp Ernst strives to promote positive character values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility in young people through the healthy development of spirit, mind, body and friendship.

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Kingsley Pines Camp Jobs: the way camp should be!

Waterskiing and windsurfing on Panther Lake. Conquering the climbing tower or low ropes course. Mountain biking wooded trails. Creating pottery in the ceramics studio. With activities galore complemented by laughter, friendship and community, Maine's Kingsley Pines Camp fosters an exciting and rewarding experience for resident campers aged 8 to 16.

As the core of the 2016 camp staff, Summer Counselors will supervise, lead, guide and live with campers. Counselors also teach in one of these areas: arts & theater, waterfront, sports, or outdoor adventure activities. The camp season kicks off in mid-June with one week of staff training followed by eight weeks of children's camp and two weeks of family camp. The employment period varies between nine and eleven weeks, ending either in mid or late August. Benefits include room and board (including delicious lakeside meals with a vegetarian option), a competitive salary, staff lounge with Internet access, transportation on days off and a summer loaded with fun! Candidates should be caring, creative, enthusiastic and have a genuine concern for children. To apply for a counselor position fill out the online application; for Director or staff job openings, send your resume to Alan Kissack.

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Kingsley Pines Camp Waterfront Activities

With summer lake temps reaching 80 degrees, Kingsley Pines Camp counselors and campers get a chance to enjoy days filled with sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing.

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Located on the beautiful Fenn School campus in scenic Concord, MA, Summer Fenn provides stimulating, challenging and enjoyable summer day camp experiences for girls and boys ages 5–15.

Summer Fenn is seeking patient, enthusiastic and positive individuals who are passionate about working with children in an active, outdoor and fun environment!

Program in the Spotlight Located on the beautiful Fenn School campus in scenic Concord, MA, Summer Fenn provides stimulating, challenging and enjoyable summer day camp experiences for girls and boys ages 5–15. Exceptional facilities include a heated outdoor pool, grass and turf multi-sport athletic fields, a 3-sided climbing wall, high/low ropes challenge course, zip line, numerous arts studios and a fully equipped Makerspace. Summer Fenn prides themselves on an exceptional staff of mature and dynamic educators, para-professionals and activity specialists. Summer 2016 positions include Adventure Staff, Nature Day Trip Leader, Nature Programming Coordinator, Base Camp Counselors, Activity Leaders and Aquatics Staff. Summer Fenn pays well above the industry standard, and provides everyday perks like full dining service with (really good) lunch entrées, full sandwich/salad bar, and vegetarian options every day. Staff always receive cool t-shirts, staff shirts, snacks and drinks on their break, and fun surprises throughout the season. Camp season runs from June 27 to August 19, 2016, with pre-camp training typically held on evenings and weekends of the two weeks before camp opens. Daily hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and staff meetings are conducted every Thursday afternoon after the camp day ends. At minimum, applicants must be 18 years or older, and have a CPR/first aid certification, valid driver’s license, experience working with kids and an attitude of kindness and respect for every individual child. Learn more at SummerFenn.org.

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Summer Fenn prides themselves on an exceptional staff of mature and dynamic educators, para-professionals and activity specialists.

Adventure Staff are responsible for leading groups of similar-aged campers in team building initiatives, rock climbing, belay training, zip line, high ropes and low ropes elements, and providing creative connections for children between their adventure experience and their lives outside of camp.

Branded trading cards picture each Summer Fenn counselor and staff member, listing your superpower and random (truly ridiculous) fun facts like your favorite pasta shape. Kids love trading them and collect them all summer!

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Two Camps. One Tradition. This is Camp Thunderbird.

Thunderbird for Boys and Thunderbird for Girls are located in the Minnesota Northwoods on beautiful Lake Plantagenet. Being on staff at Thunderbird is an experience of camaraderie, community and friendship where you will work hard and have the summer of your life. 2016 summer positions include Counselors who can teach or assist in one or more activity program areas (such as waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, biking, backpacking, horseback riding, outdoor living skills, climbing wall, farming, archery, riflery, arts & crafts, music, gymnastics and more!); Activity Specialists and Supervisory Staff; and a Wilderness Staff team to lead multi-week adventure programs in the Pacific Northwest, Western U.S. and/or Canada. All camp staff will work from early June to early August. Pre-season work is available beginning on June 1st (Lifeguard and WFA/WFR are offered during this time) with post-season work available through August 15th. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and includes room, board and a travel stipend. If you are energized, fun, nurturing, compassionate and focused on ensuring that campers will have an amazing and memorable camp season, fill out the online application! Questions? Connect with Shari Sigoloff (Girls Camp) or Roger Bristowe (Boys Camp).

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The Wilderness Staff team will lead multi-week adventure programs in the Pacific Northwest, Western U.S. and/or Canada.

Being on staff at Thunderbird is an experience of camaraderie, community and friendship where you will work hard and have the summer of your life.

A summer job at Camp Thunderbird means you will work hard. You will also be encouraged to play hard to stay fresh and engaged. This means you will have breaks to relax, check in with friends and family, go for a run or kick back and read a book. In addition, you can try out camp activities and participate in game nights, staff sporting events, and talent shows with your new friends!

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Swan Mountain Outfitters: Summer Jobs in Glacier National Park!Through guided adventures, family-owned Swan Mountain Outfitters connects their guests to the hidden treasures of Glacier National Park and Northwest Montana. Now seeking summer employees for a variety of unique positions:

Barn Managers are responsible for the upkeep, oversight and decision-making at the corral, including 5-10 employees and 30-45 horses. The position requires a solid foundation of basic horse care (grooming, feeding, health, etc.) and the ability to handle any escalated issues from wranglers or customers.
Cooks (April 15th–September, with opportunities to work fall hunts)
Base Camp Cooks prepare 3 meals daily for guide school students and staff and maintain base camp in good working order. Glacier Park Cooks provide family-style meals 3 times daily for 10-15 staff members and keep bunkhouse facilities spotless.
Trail Ride Wranglers (June 1st–September 30th)
Lead 1-hour to full day Glacier Park-approved trail rides while captivating guests with the extensive history of the Park. Ensure guest safety, maintain trails and facilities and provide daily care of horses.
Sales and Reservations Coordinators make primary contact and establish rapport with guests as they answer questions and make advanced reservations for their Northwest Montana vacation. Excellent customer service, attention to detail, self-motivation and phone/ computer skills are a must.

Most positions require a six-day workweek and compensation that includes room and board, a monthly salary and possible tips. Learn how to apply or connect with Aubrie Loroña for more info.

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Would you like to meet new people, work with horses and wake up everyday in one of the most awe-inspiring National Parks in the U.S.?

A Wrangler with Swan Mountain Outfitters enjoying the view at Crater Lake.

Would you like to meet new people, work with horses and wake up everyday in one of the most awe-inspiring National Parks in the U.S.? Now seeking honest, hardworking, people-friendly individuals who would like to enjoy a memorable, exciting, educational and fun summer with Swan Mountain Outfitters.

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Camp Seneca Lake offers a wholesome Jewish summer camp community full of ruach to promote the physical, social, and emotional development of each camper!Tiyulim Trip staff will take campers on an adventure trip that will allow them to view the outdoors in a way they have never seen before!

Program in the Spotlight Camp Seneca Lake, an overnight summer camp in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is seeking creative, energetic, down to earth staff with a passion for the outdoors to support the Tiyulim Program (outdoor adventure in Hebrew). Tiyulim Summer Staff will most often work in teams of two leading small groups (up to 15 campers) on single night overnights. Tiyulim Trip Leaders will have the opportunity to lead activities that include backpacking, outdoor living skills, environmental ethics, canoeing, biking, Leave No Trace awareness, team building, rock climbing, outdoor education, orienteering and more. Benefits include a competitive salary starting at $2,500, paid Wilderness First Aid/CPR with the option for lifeguard certification, room and board, and the opportunity to experience some incredible trips, new equipment and a fun atmosphere. Tiyulim staff will be provided with extensive leadership training in the field as well as an in-camp orientation. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college, have experience working/living in the outdoors, be a team player, love working with children, and have a positive attitude. Positions run from early June to late August. Learn more at CampSenecaLake.com.

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The Tiyulim Program will take every camper on an overnight adventure trip that will allow them to view the outdoors in a way they have never seen before.

Tiyulim Trip staff will provide a wholesome environment that allows campers to be their goofy selves, grow personally, learn about the importance of selflessness and teamwork, while educating them on the hard and soft skills necessary to survive in the backcountry.

The Nature Place’s mission is to give campers a safe summer in which they can be themselves, have fun, be challenged, connect with others and the earth, develop new life skills and be supported throughout.Located on the campus of the Green Meadow Waldorf School and the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, The Nature Place is a non-competitive, nature-oriented day camp. Campers ages 4-16 and staff will have the opportunity to explore, play in and learn from 200 beautiful acres of farmland, gardens, trails, woods, fields, streams, ponds and swamps. Hot summer day camp jobs include:

Day Camp Counselors living in the NYC region who will work a full day with campers and also serve as bus counselor each morning and afternoon.
Wilderness Trip Leaders to facilitate a magical and life-changing camping experience for a large group of children.
Naturalist/Outdoor Educators to lead hands-on, outdoor activities.
A Drama Activity Leader to lead drama activities and improvisational games.
A Games Specialist to lead non-competitive, cooperative and new games.
An Earth Artist to lead activities using materials from the earth and are inspired by the beauty and wonder of nature. You’ll paint, sculpt, draw, sketch, extract natural colors, use bark/sticks/rocks and work with clay.
Lifeguards & Water Safety Instructors to increase camper swimming skill levels and confidence in the water.

Compensation varies depending on experience with many perks! The summer camp season kicks off with an intensive weeklong staff orientation on June 21st, followed by six weeks of camp through August 5th. There is also the option to work a Farm and Garden Days program that runs through August 19th. If you have experience working with children and the ability to facilitate group programming, fill out the online application.

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Farm and Garden Days is a small, specialized and hands-on farm, garden & nature experience for children ages 6-12.

A typical day at The Nature Place camp is built around playing, learning and growing outdoors with friends through hands-on, pressure-free programming supported by a well-trained staff.

A typical day at The Nature Place is built around playing, learning and growing outdoors with friends through hands-on, pressure-free programming supported by a well-trained staff. Orientation Week is more than just staff training, it is where The Nature Place philosophy is lived and where staff learn the high expectations they have of them. The week is fun, informative, serious, hands-on and active. You’ll swim, garden, hike, play games, ask questions and get to know each other.

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Camp Carolina is an all boys camp that offers a balanced mixture of individual and team sports, nature, music, arts and crafts, high adventure and extreme sports.Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Camp Carolina is an all boys camp that offers a balanced mixture of individual and team sports, nature, music, arts and crafts, high adventure and extreme sports. Summer camp is about adventure and meeting challenges head-on. It's about the simple faith that anything can be accomplished through determination and enthusiasm. It's about living fully, setting personal goals, making friends and enjoying accomplishments. It's mostly about fun—on the rivers, lakes, rocks, trails, courts, parks and fields in beautiful Western North Carolina. Summer Camp Staff include Adventure Activity Counselors (plan and teach one or more high adventure activities such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, surfing, wake boarding, sea kayaking, fly fishing, backpacking-and so many more!) and Kitchen and Maintenance staff. Compensation includes a weekly wage, housing, meals, laundry and most training course costs will be provided through the onsite Backcountry Institute for all adventure program staff. Courses will be offered as early as May 1st through the American Canoe Association, American Red Cross, National Archery Association, National Rifle Association, Wilderness Medical Association and more. Positions run from late May to August 1st. If you are a responsible, outdoor loving youth development professional with patience, understanding and an interest in inspiring the next generation of outdoorsmen please complete the online application.

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If you are a responsible male or female with patience, understanding and an interest in working with young people in an outdoor setting, Camp Carolina needs you!

There’s nothing like seeing the reactions on kids’ faces when they climb a multiple pitch route. On our long climbs, we go for routes that offer maximum exposure to the wind, airy positions, and sheer verticality of the wall. Expressions of fear, amazement, and pure excitement come from all of the boys on these climbs, but the over-riding expression is always something like this: This is the coolest thing I've ever done! —Brian H., Climbing Specialist

With a focus on fun, safety, community, the outdoors, and developing 21st century life skills, Camp Pinnacle partners with parents to create a memorable and impactful summer camp experience!

Located just a short drive from Dupont State Park and Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina, Camp Pinnacle is a summer camp for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15. As campers discover a lifetime love of the outdoors and adventure activities, some campers seek the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the camp facility with Camp Pinnacle’s sister organization, Adventure Treks.

Summer Camp Jobs include:
Trip Leaders (3 openings) help with trip logistics and driving, plus lead activities that include day hikes, one and two night backpacking trips, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, climbing tower, water zip line, canoeing, team building/group initiative games and opening/closing day trips to the airport with campers. Leaders must be at least 21 years of age with a clean driving record, WFR certified and have experience preparing for and leading trips in the backcountry.
General Counselors share activities, meals and facilitate evening circle and Activity Counselors are trained in specific activity areas and are responsible for creating fun and exciting lessons. Counselors must be at least 18 years old and have completed one year of college, prior experience working with children and outdoor skills in a variety of activities.

Depending on position, salaries start at $2,000–$2,400 plus room, board and the time of your life. The summer season runs from late May to early August. Once Pinnacle receives your completed online application, they will contact you to begin the hiring process, which includes three thorough interviews.

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Your responsibility as a leader, mentor and role model cannot be overemphasized. Perhaps the most important part of Camp Pinnacle is the opportunity for campers to interact closely with top-quality role models.

Your responsibility as a leader, mentor and role model cannot be overemphasized. Perhaps the most important part of Camp Pinnacle is the opportunity for campers to interact closely with top-quality role models.

If you love working with children, there’s no better way to spend your summer than working as a Camp Pinnacle Counselor! It’s not only one of the most important and rewarding jobs you will ever have—it’s the hardest job that you will ever love. Summers are packed with growth opportunities for both staff and campers, with the hopes that everyone leaves camp with new experience, friendships and a greater love for the outdoors.

Each summer Rockbrook provides a unique summer camp program of recreation, adventure, creativity and fun designed for girls.

Since 1921, Rockbrook Camp for Girls has been a place where girls ages 6-16 can experience the wonder and excitement of a summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. From horseback riding, whitewater rafting, pottery, and swimming to campfires and exploring a chilly stream, each day at camp is filled with new experiences and great opportunities to develop lasting friendships.

Summer camp jobs include 60 cabin counselors as well as other day staff, nurses, and program staff. Cabin counselors will live with and supervise a small group of girls, participate in general camp programs, provide leadership and instruction in one or more specific camp activities (24 different options), and be a positive role model. Counselors specializing in climbing, hiking/backpacking and paddling will plan, organize and lead out-of-camp trips, implement and verify safety protocols, instruct basic outdoor adventure skills, encourage campers with a positive attitude, and also serve as cabin counselors. Compensation starts at $215/week (increases for certifications and experience), plus room, board, laundry, and free WiFi in the staff lounge. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed one year of college or equivalent experience. Preference is given to those who can work the entire camp season (late May to mid-August). Apply online today!

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Get ready for Rockbrook—probably the most intense, fun-filled, and rewarding summer job you’ll ever have.

Rockbrook Camp is its own world that has the power to do so much for everyone who is willing to commit to jumping in without holding back. Here you'll find a vintage camp experience: wooden cabins, campfires, silly songs, girls full of energy, and a variety of activities. But Rockbrook is even more than that; it's a place that you'll grow to call home. And once you've been a part of the Rockbrook community, its spirit will stick with you for many years to come. View what it means to be a Camp Counselor at Rockbrook.

Schoolhouse of Wonder creates kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures.

Located in the beautiful woods around Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Schoolhouse of Wonder is a place where everyone can play, learn and grow towards being their best selves. The team of driven and talented mentors love learning together with children ages 3-17 through nature-based outdoor camps, field trips and leadership training. Summer Camp Counselors take pride and joy in mentoring children through outdoor adventures and will partner energy with patience, and responsibility with fun. Ensuring a positive experience for campers, you will play games, sing songs, tell stories, swim in the river, hide in the leaves, jump in the mud, build forts and actively participate in all aspects of camp programs. Chances are, you’ll end each day dirty, tired and happy too. Positions are available from June 6th to August 26th, with various training dates scheduled in May and a possibility to extend into the fall season. A typical workweek is 45-50 hours MO-FR from 7:30am–6:00pm; compensation starts at $450/week. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma and demonstrated experience working with children. Summer camp experience, naturalist skills, bilingual in English/Spanish and a college degree are preferred. If you have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share that love with others, email your cover letter, resume and three references to schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org. Application period open until positions are filled.

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Immediate Summer Camp & Fall Season Job Openings!
Schoolhouse of Wonder is seeking a Male Field Instructor and Camp Lead Counselor and Camp Counselor positions to finish out the summer months, with an option to work into the fall season. Also seeking a Track Out Camp Counselor for the fall season. View all current job openings »

Chances are, you’ll end each day dirty, tired and happy too.

Schoolhouse of Wonder is a place where everyone can play, learn and grow towards being their best selves.

Summer Camp Counselors at Schoolhouse of Wonder are kind, curious, and confident with a “can-do” attitude, have exceptional mentoring skills, including effective communication, responsiveness, resourcefulness and patience, enjoy helping children find and be their best selves, and have a passion for the outdoors.

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The Akron Area YMCA Summer Camps is comprised of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and YMCA Camp Y-Noah.

YMCA Job ListingThe Akron Area YMCA Summer Camps is comprised of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and YMCA Camp Y-Noah. Featuring a 250-acre wooded facility and a 30-acre private lake, Camp Y-Noah offers retreats, an outdoor environmental education center, leadership training complete with low ropes courses & high ropes courses, an equestrian center and a summer camp program.

Akron Rotary Camp Summer Jobs
The Nature Program Coordinator will create lesson plans each week and lead many of the programs. Overnight Camp Counselors will supervise and assist daily needs of campers with disabilities (including feeding, bathing, dressing) and lead activities that include arts & crafts, dance, music, canoeing, swimming, outdoor games, hiking, nature and evening programs. Benefits include $240/week, plus room, board and lifeguard training for interested applicants. Positions run May 17–July 29 with Friday night through Sunday off each week. Contact Frank Wood for more info.

YMCA Camp Y-Noah Summer Jobs
Staff openings include Camp Counselors (30-35 positions), Outdoor Adventure Leaders, Village Director, Waterfront Director, Logistics Coordinator, Groups Coordinator, Chaplain, Camp Nurse, Assistant Camp Director and Assistant Health Officer. Compensation starts at $38/day, plus room, board and Intensive training and certifications. Training begins on May 22nd for support staff (June 5th for counselors) and runs through August 13th. Staff receives one night off during the week and 24 hours off during the weekend. Contact Carl Wargo for more info.

Explore all Akron Area YMCA Camping Services employment opportunities and apply.

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Akron Area YMCA Camps staff members will live out the Y’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, caring and faith.

Summer Camp Counselors will have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world and make a genuine difference in the lives of campers and your fellow staff.

Akron Area YMCA Camps staff members will live out the Y’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, caring and faith, and have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world and make a genuine difference in the lives of campers and your fellow staff.

Cleveland Sight Center's Highbrook Lodge is one of the first camps in the United States built specifically for individuals with vision loss.

Founded in 1928, Cleveland Sight Center's Highbrook Lodge has been providing a unique residential summer camp experience for those of all ages who are blind or have low vision. The 63-acre natural environment promotes friendship, growth, independence and self-sufficiency through traditional camp activities adapted to the needs of their campers. Now seeking caring, conscientious, responsible and fun summer staff members. Cabin Leaders and a Nature Leader supervise a cabin of 8 campers and/or 1-2 families with special needs, including assisting with activities of daily living (including toileting, feeding, dressing and showering). They are also responsible for carrying out the activity schedule, planning cabin activities and more. The Nature Leader is also in charge of planning and leading nature-based activities for campers of all ages. The Kitchen Assistant is responsible for assisting in all aspects of the kitchen operation (excluding cooking) and for the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining areas. Compensation starts at $2,100 for the summer (pay varies by position) plus room, board and CPR/first aid certification. Positions run from June 5-August 11 for Kitchen Assistants and the Nature Leader and from June 12-August 8 for Cabin Leaders. Days off are scheduled approximately every 6-12 days. Cabin/Nature Leaders must be at least 18 years of age; Kitchen Assistants at least 16. Previous experience with individuals with disabilities is preferred. To apply, fill out the online application. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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Imagine a job where you get to live, play and work in the outdoors, while creating an unforgettable experience for others!

Highbrook Lodge is a place where confidence and self-sufficiency are encouraged.

Imagine a job where you get to live, play and work in the outdoors, while creating an unforgettable experience for others! Highbrook Lodge is one of only a handful of camps in the country that specifically serves individuals with vision loss! It is a great experience for all — but especially those interested in pursuing a career in special education, therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, social services or the like.

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For more than 60 years, Camp Soles has provided high quality and affordable overnight, family camp and retreat programs.YMCA Job ListingLocated in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, YMCA Camp Soles offers a high quality and affordable summer overnight camp, family camp and retreat programs. The Camp’s 263 acres of woods, meadows, wetlands, ponds and lakefront provide campers with the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of activities including swimming, Ga-Ga, arts and crafts, rock climbing, canoeing, sailing, archery, zip lining, challenge course, outdoor living skills, nature studies and much, much more. While camp activities are an important part of a summer camp experience, they are actually the tools used to teach campers how to build meaningful friendships, create opportunities for life long memories and lead in the development of a stronger character. Summer Camp Staff will have an opportunity to see children flourish under your care and to see yourself grow in such a short period of time. Summer positions include Arts & Crafts, High Adventure, Lifeguarding (must have current Red Cross Lifeguard certification) or General Cabin Counselors. Compensation ranges from $175–$200/week based on experience and current certifications, plus room and board. Applicants must be available from June 8th to August 15th, 2016. Pre and post season work is available in April, May and August. All Counselors must be at least 18 years old and hold a current CPR/first aid certification. To apply, download an application and send it to campsoles@ymcapgh.org.

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YMCA Camp Soles is seeking summer staff members who have a love for the outdoors and are happy to share that with children.

YMCA Camp Soles is seeking summer staff members who can be positive role models to their campers and fellow staff members, have a genuine love for positively impacting the world around them, are kind, patient, and have a great sense of humor, and have a love for the outdoors and are happy to share that with children.

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Camp Summit. A remarkable place. For remarkable people.Camp Summit is a traditional camp for children and adults (ranging in age from 6 to 99 years old!) with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Barrier-free outdoor camp experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence include a specially designed swimming pool, an adapted tree house, playground and ropes challenge course, horseback riding, sensory garden, covered outdoor gymnasium, fishing pond, and lodge with fireplace. Seasonal staff positions include Counselors, Unit Leaders, Rovers, Nurses, Kitchen Staff and Activity Directors in the following areas: Arts & Crafts, Horses/Wrangler, Kaleidoscope, Nature, Pool, Ropes Course, and Sports & Games. 2016 job opportunities are available during the summer months (mid-May to mid-August) or the fall season (mid-September to mid-November). A commitment for the entire season is preferred, and applicants must be able to commit to at least five consecutive weeks. Benefits include a salary (starting at $275/week), room and board, free laundry facilities, and an intensive week of instructional and hands-on training. Experience working with a special needs population is not necessary; however, a desire to work with these special campers is a must! Watch the staff video, fill out the online application or contact Dana Zimmerman for more info.

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At Camp Summit you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of people with a wide range of disabilities.

Camp Summit provides an incredible opportunity for growth, fun, resume building, memories, and impacting the lives of remarkable campers who have a wide range of disabilities. One season will change your life.

How the camp experience has changed lives is one of the most powerful benefits of camp. Camp, and the experiences of camp, defines us even as adults. Camp has touched many lives, introduced people to new passions, and broadened horizons.

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