Circle F is seeking experienced and enthusiastic staff members with a strong work ethic to provide a fun, empowering & enriching experience for campers.

Circle F is seeking experienced and enthusiastic staff members with a strong work ethic to provide a fun, empowering & enriching experience for campers.

With a focus on the ideas of respect, inspiration, positive thinking, play, leadership and engagement, Circle F Dude Ranch Camp is a fast-paced and growing summer camp, outdoor education center and group rental facility that was founded in 1952. Through this mission the Circle F leadership team works hard every day to create an environment where all staff and guests feel welcome and can have life changing positive outcomes. A unique outdoor setting provides staff with the opportunity to teach and challenge students and campers in the fields of adventure education, environmental ethics, outdoor skills, team-building and leadership.

Circle F plays host to over 40 private rental groups, family weekends, team building retreats, an outdoor education program (complete with zip lines and alpine tower) and four summer camp sessions each year. Camp welcomes 100+ boys and 100+ girls (ages 6-16) from all over the U.S. as well as a many foreign countries for sessions ranging from 1 week, 2 weeks and 3 weeks. The scope of their program recognizes the individual needs and interests of the campers — from riding one of the Camp's 50+ horses to choosing from over 40 different activities — allowing each camper to grow at a level that best fits their personal ability. The camp community provides an enjoyable and special summer that encourages campers to build upon their existing courage, confidence, and personal self-worth.

Seasonal Job Openings

Outdoor Education Instructors teach exciting and experiential classes in all program areas.

Outdoor Educator & Group Specialists
Circle F strives to be an excellent educational supplement to classroom-based education. Instructors teach different students every week in a variety of classes within the disciplines of science, outdoor education and leadership development.
Spring (January through the last week in June) and fall (mid-August to early December)
Salary: $300/week

Fall Season Job Openings!
Circle F is currently seeking Outdoor Educator & Group Specialists for the fall season (mid-August to early December).

Most weeks Circle F Instructors teach an activity group during the day while taking on the role of Group Specialists at night and during meals. The curriculum covers a broad array of topics such as fresh water ecology, scrub forest ecology, habitat management and ground water filtration. Personal and social growth is encouraged with team building sessions, the low ropes course, Alpine Tower, Giant Swing, Rockwall and dual zip lines. When the sun goes down, both Instructors and students perform skits, take night hikes, or sing songs on an old fashion hayride. In addition, students are able to gaze into the night as they learn about stars, planets and the galaxy during astronomy nights. Instructors do not stay in cabins overnight; this responsibility falls to the group chaperones.

When working with private groups Circle F staff function as Group Coordinators. Working in teams, staff manage the group to ensure meals function as expected, group needs and requests are met within a reasonable time, and that groups follow the Circle F facility requirements. Staff will also be expecting to belay at one of the climbing structures during most group rentals.

Instructors must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with coursework in recreation, science or education, and experience in the camping and/or experiential education fields is preferred.

Applicants must be:
Comfortable and confident supervising and teaching students in large and small groups.
Easily approachable, able to have fun with kids, laugh at yourself and be silly!
Flexible and able to adjust to changes quickly.
Ready to effectively work in a team environment with 10 other staff.
Able to maintain a positive attitude, even during stressful situations.
Prepared to handle concerns/issues in a constructive manner.
Open to receiving constructive feedback and applying the information in a timely manner.
Creative in one’s teaching techniques and group management skills.
Comfortable working outdoors in heat, rain, and other conditions.
Able to learn and execute the lessons/activities in an expansive curriculum.
AND have a good sense of humor!

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Summer Camp Staff

Amazing summers start at Circle F!

Amazing Summers Start Here!
More than 70 select people from all over the U.S. and abroad comprise the Circle F Dude Ranch Camp summer staff. Circle F attracts people who want to make a difference in the lives of young people and who share a common goal with the Circle F mission to make the summer a fun, empowering and enriching experience for all of their campers.

Summer Camp Job Openings
Waterfront Staff (Lifeguards, Sailing Instructor, Canoeing & Kayak Instructors)
Climbing Staff (rock wall, zip line, alpine tower, giant swing)
Horseback Riding Staff (English and Western Riding Instructors)
Arts Staff (theater, arts and crafts, photography, and dance)
General Sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, flag football, archery)
Extreme Sports (skate park, paintball, wilderness camping, wilderness cooking)

Department Heads are in charge of a department of 5 to 10 counselors in areas of waterfront/lifeguarding, horseback riding, archery, general sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football and softball), high adventure, camp craft, skateboarding, dance, photography, arts & crafts and tumbling & gymnastics.

Head Counselors are in charge of 10 counselors and 50 campers, with responsibilities that include managing the line, staff scheduling, conflict management and camper well being.

Cabin Counselors are expected to be positive role models to their cabin group and the camp population as a whole. This can be a very demanding role since counselors spend close to 24 hours a day 7 days a week with campers and have limited personal privacy. Counselors live, eat and sleep with their group of 10 campers and a co-counselor in an open cabin setting. Throughout the day counselors will be in direct interaction with campers at activities, siesta, and evening programs. These ongoing interactions can leave the most energized person feeling exhausted at the end of the day.

Create lasting friendships.

Create lasting friendships.
Working at summer camp is a unique opportunity to share your talents and passions with young people and fellow staff members. You will also meet extraordinary people from across the country and world. Circle F’s atmosphere of family, friendship, and fun combined with working in unison with other like-minded people creates friendships that last a lifetime.

Get outdoors and enjoy a summer adventure.
You could spend your summer inside a windowless downtown office, campus job, or waiting tables, but at Circle F, each summer is an outdoor adventure in beautiful central Florida. Enjoy an experience that will last a lifetime while being surrounded by ancient oak trees filled with hanging Spanish moss that brings back memories of old Florida. Enjoy Florida’s blue skies and warm sunny days on their private 43-acre lake and white sand beach or take a personal adventure on a day off to one of Florida’s amazing beaches or the many major amusement parks in Orlando located just an hour away from camp.

Why pay rent for the summer?
When you work as a counselor you live onsite for the summer so your room and board is provided. Enjoy great tasting meals prepared for you at breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday.

Training that lasts a lifetime.
Every Circle F Dude Ranch Camp staff member starts their summer with a week of staff training. You’ll spend time with professionals in the fields of child development, group dynamics and wilderness medicine. You’ll learn about leadership and team building, and how to positively impact the lives of others—great skills in any work situation. The training is applicable to most any career you choose to pursue. A successful camp experience helps you develop flexibility, integrity and leadership skills. You’ll gain experience in exercising judgment in many different situations, taking initiative, communicating effectively and maintaining a high level of energy. Most importantly, you’ll have fun with great people and be provided the rare opportunity to make an extraordinary impact on a young person’s life.

A camp’s biggest strength is its counselor staff and that is why Circle F actively seeks people with personality, character, stability and warmth.

Who does Circle F hire?
Each year, the Circle F summer camp team is chosen from students, graduates and faculty from schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and abroad. Applicants who are just out of school, transitioning between jobs, investigating a new career path, or serving as a jumping off point for future exploration are also sought out.

A camp’s biggest strength is its counselor staff and that is why Circle F actively seeks people with personality, character, stability and warmth. Most importantly, they look for staff members with a sincere desire to work and live with children with the hope of making a positive difference in their lives. Circle F counselors must be able to be positive role models by setting good examples through their words, actions, appearance and relationships.

Location & Camp Life

Built around Sunset Lake, the camp sits in the center of a 500-acre oak forest only an hour south of the major attractions of Orlando in the heart of Florida.

The camp sits in the center of a 500-acre oak forest only an hour south of the major attractions of Orlando (including Walt Disney World & Universal Studios) in the heart of Florida. Built around Sunset Lake, the Camp’s own private 43-acre spring-fed lake, campers and staff will enjoy sunny, warm days and comfortable evenings.

Camp Life.

The Weather.
Staff should expect that 90% of their job will be outside. This sometimes means working in hot and cold temperatures, in the rain, and with the bugs. Staff have to be mindful to the fact that their campers are experiencing the same conditions they are and maintain a good attitude. The good news is that all cabins, the dining hall, and recreation hall have been equipped with eco-friendly air cooling systems which make them very comfortable even in the warmest of days.

Perks & Rewards

Fun on the beach!

All positions include a weekly salary, onsite housing and meals when groups are in session and the kitchen is operating. Circle F has several housing options that are at the Ranch. In some cases, housing may be communal with several people living in one house with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

Staff will have the option to obtain their Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate to assist with lifeguarding on the waterfront with groups (staff with lifeguard training will receive a bonus of $250 for the season).

Connections & Application

The Circle F Dude Ranch Camp Leadership Team

To begin your journey with Circle F, complete the online application. You'll also have the opportunity to upload your cover letter and resume online. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, get in touch with Ben Moss.

Circle F Dude Ranch is a privately owned summer camp, outdoor education center and group rental facility focused on the ideas of respect, inspiration, positive thinking, play, leadership and engagement.

Ben Moss
Camp Director
Circle F Dude Ranch Camp
5301 Dude Ranch Rd.
Lake Wales, FL 33859
(863) 676-4113
(863) 676-5263 fax

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