The Ideal Camp Jobs
This section of this website is mainly for persons looking for camp jobs. Here you can read about particular jobs at the bottom of the page and browse our list of available jobs by country or state.
If however, you have stumbled upon this site while looking for a camp in a particular state or country, don't despair! You can also go directly to our listings.
Working as camp staff could be a very rewarding. As a camp staff member, you can get to work at summer camps, summer programs for kids and all other camps and there are many benefits of working in an adventure job as a member of camp staff:
1. Most camps are in a cabin environment. Sweet!
2. Many camp jobs provide room and board if you're an overnight employee and some even pay other living expenses.
3.You get to have a ton of fun participating in exciting games and activities with campers.
4.You develop friendships. Depending on the camp you might meet people from all over the world
5.If you get a job with a traveling camp, it means that you might get to partake in all kinds of travel and tour activities for free.
6. You acquire or build on skills, participate in certification programs and build on your professional resume for a future job. Yes, you have to practice catching the little fish first!
People eligible for camp jobs have to meet some general requirements, which may very slightly depending on the type of camp and what campers they accommodate. Most camp posts call for individuals who have:
a positive team playing attitude
energy and stamina
good communication skills
passion for the outdoors
previous camp experience
Mostly all jobs at camps require their employees to assist at meal times and to assist in cabins. You would be expected to get along with everyone you interact with at the camp. The camp jobs for administration or persons in higher positions or more responsibility would be more demanding. Additional requirements may be:
Flexibility (I'm not talking about folding in half and fitting into a box).
Good rapport with campers and staff
Strong Organizational & Communication Skills
Leadership & Supervisory Experience and skills
Knowledge of First Aid and CPR
Ability to communicate via email, cell phone, hand-written documents
Training, certification or experience in a specialty area. (it is to your advantage if you can also be an activity instructor)
Current WFR or WEMT certification
Most camp staff jobs require people who are 21 or older, depending on the nature of the camp. They may do background checks, and physical exams.
If it is a camp for kids or the youth you are expected to have a genuine desire and enthusiasm to work with kids and previous experience would be a plus. You might have to teach skills and cultural and environmental awareness, while engaging in wilderness, water, mountain and other categories of activities.
Regular camps usually require counselors; however camps with specific programs to help children as well as adults with mental/ physical issues would probably require more counselors. Most counselor jobs require Christians who will have a positive influence on campers.
Administrative camp jobs such as a program specialist would require people to be responsible for planning and implementing specialty programs or activities. These activities may include any outdoor adventure or outdoor environmental education activity.
Leaders have to be motivated and confident. Part of your general requirements would be facilitating group participation in activities, probably do some teaching of outdoor skills and ensure safety.
If you're a nurse you may have the added responsibly of sorting and dispensing medication to campers as well as caring of ill or injured campers and staff. If you're the cook you should have experience with cooking for large groups of people.
As previously stated, there are several camp jobs that vary according to the type of camp, and the demand that the post would put on an individual. Here are some of the most popular camp staff jobs:
Instructor (camp instructor, expedition instructor)
Leaders, co-leaders, trip leaders
Program specialist, director, coordinator
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