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Camp Nashoba North

Located: Raymond, Maine

Position Available: Stand Up Paddleboard Counselor

Salary Range: $2100-$2650

Type: Coed Camp with Residential and Day Sessions

Contact: nashobafun@gmail.com

Website: http://www.campnashoba.com

  • Paddle 6 days a week on the beautiful crescent lake
  • Teach campers of all ages the joys of paddling
  • Room, board, meals, internet, and laundry included
  • Work in the beautiful state of Maine with fun, diverse, and exciting young adults

Birch Rock Camp

Located: Waterford, Maine

Position Available: Wilderness Trip Leader

Salary Range: TBD

Type: Residential boys' summer camp

Contact: mike@birchrock.org

Website: http://www.birchrock.org

  • Lead canoe or hiking trips in Maine
  • Seven week camp program with one additional week of orientation

Camp Mataponi

Located: Naples, Maine

Position Available: Activity specialist/ counselor

Salary Range: $3000+

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: info@campmataponi.com

Website: http://www.campmataponi.com

  • Seeking energetic college students for activity specialists in the following areas: tennis, ropes course, lifeguards & WSI, sailing, canoeing, gymnastics, dance, drama, landsports (soccer, softball, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball).
  • Applicants must be atleast 18 and completed freshman year of college.
  • Learn leadership skills and gain valuable experience while making friends that will last a lifetime.

YMCA Camp Mason

Located: Hardwick, New Jersey

Position Available: Summer Camp Staff- Counselors/ Activity Specialists

Salary Range: $2,000-$5,000

Type: Coed Camp with Residential & Day Camp Sessions

Contact: information@campmason.org

Website: http://www.campmason.org

  • Cabin Counselors, Program Staff (Nature, Ropes, Farm & Garden, Arts & Crafts, Trips, etc), Lifeguards, EMTs, Nurses, support staff
  • activity specialists: archery, riflery, basketball, canoeing, mountain biking, pottery, soccer, high ropes, low ropes, nature, dance, drama, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, skateboarding, hockey
  • Leadership Staff (Asst. Directors, Age Group Leaders)

Kingsley Pines Camp

Located: Raymond, Maine

Position Available: Counselor

Salary Range: Competitive

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: jobs@kingsleypines.com

Website: https://kingsleypines.com/join-our-staff/

  • Counselors are the core of the camp staff. Candidates should be caring, enthusiastic, and have a genuine concern for children. Counselors supervise, lead, guide, and live with 3-8 children. They also teach activities -waterfront, arts, sports, and outdoor adventure.
  • These positions require maturity, creativity, and strong commitment to children. Candidates must be at least age 18 and have graduated from high school before January 1, 2022.
  • Benefits include room & board, laundry, service, wireless Internet access, beautiful location, making a difference, supportive staff community, delicious meals with vegetarian option and FUN!
  • Check our website for more information and the latest openings.

Cheerio on the New River

Located: Mouth of Wilson, VA and Roaring Gap, North Carolina

Position Available: Riverfront Director

Salary Range: Competitive pay depending on experience

Type: Wilderness adventure program

Contact: weldon@campcheerio.org

Website: https://cheeriofamily.com/cheerio-on-the-new-river-job-descriptions

  • Responsible for the coordination and implementation all riverfront activities - canoeing, kayaking, fishing, etc.
  • Will obtain wilderness certifications during staff training to take away with you after Summer is over!
  • Room & Board - use of camp equipment
  • Staff training is May 23rd - June 11th. First half of the Summer session start June 12th - July 8th, second half July 9th - August 13th (full Summer options as well!)

Cheerio on the New River

Located: Mouth of Wilson, VA and Roaring Gap, North Carolina

Position Available: Counselor

Salary Range: Competitive pay depending on experience

Type: Wilderness adventure program

Contact: weldon@campcheerio.org

Website: https://cheeriofamily.com/cheerio-on-the-new-river-job-descriptions

  • Responsible for the total well-being of the campers while also leading different activities.
  • Will obtain wilderness certifications during staff training to take away with you after Summer is over!
  • Room & Board - use of camp equipment
  • Staff training is May 23rd - June 11th. First half of the Summer session start June 12th - July 8th, second half July 9th - August 13th (full Summer options as well!)

Camp Androscoggin

Located: Wayne, Maine

Position Available: Waterfront, Sports and Outdoor Adventure Instructors

Salary Range: $2000-$2500 plus travel

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: directors@campandro.com

Website: http://www.campandro.com

  • Located in central Maine, Androscoggin is the summer home for 275 boys between 8 and 15 and 100 staff. Since 1907, campers and counselors have been sharing a summer to remember on our 125 acre lakeside campus. Have fun teaching what you love and make a lasting impact.

Camp Killooleet

Located: Hancock, Vermont

Position Available: Counselor- Adventure Sports / Biking / Rock Climbing Etc

Salary Range: $2400- 3000 plus room/board

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@killooleet.com

Website: http://www.killooleet.com

  • All campers bring bike to camp to ride on our campus and go on hikes and overnight trips.
  • All counselors are cabin counselors, working in teams of 3, and activity counselors.
  • We are looking for counselors with skills in road and off road bicycling, rock climbing, hiking, nature, sports, waterfront, and arts skills
  • Campers are introduced to activities (bicycling, rock climbing, back packing) that often become lifetime passions.

Camp Hilltop

Located: Hancock, New York

Position Available: Cabin/Activity Counselors

Salary Range: $2300 +

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: hilltop@hancock.net

Website: http://www.camphilltop.com

  • HILLTOP: est. 1924, private/independent co-ed sleepaway summer camp, 2-8 week sessions, campers are 6-16 years old, located in Hancock, New York 2.5 hours from NYC, offers over 60 indoor and outdoor activities and is a a safe, nurturing, non-competitive and structured environment
  • HILLTOP IS HIRING: Cabin counselors who can also teach/run activities in the following areas: Waterfront, Ropes/Adventure Course, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Music, Drama, Dance, STEM, Circus Arts, Nature and Equestrian.
  • HILLTOP STAFF MUST: be 19+ years old, want to nurture and work with children, are responsible, caring & mature, have Camp Spirit and believe in the power of community
  • HILLTOP OFFERS: A Paycheck - base salary with add-on for experience, certifications and leadership roles, Room & Board, Leadership Opportunities, 21st Century Skills, Professional Development,, College Credit/Internship (depending on eligibility), Training & Certifications

Camp Hilltop

Located: Hancock, New York

Position Available: Waterfront Staff (Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Waterski, Boating)

Salary Range: $2300 +

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: hilltop@hancock.net

Website: http://www.camphilltop.com

  • HILLTOP: est. 1924, private/independent co-ed sleepaway summer camp, 2-8 week sessions, campers are 6-16 years old, located in Hancock, New York 2.5 hours from NYC, offers over 60 indoor and outdoor activities and is a a safe, nurturing, non-competitive and structured environment
  • HILLTOP IS HIRING: Cabin counselors who can also teach/run waterfront activities including: lifeguards, WSI (swim instructor), canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding, boat driving, water-skiing/wake boarding.
  • HILLTOP STAFF MUST: be 19+ years old, want to nurture and work with children, are responsible, caring & mature, have Camp Spirit and believe in the power of community
  • HILLTOP OFFERS: A Paycheck - base salary with add-on for experience, certifications and leadership roles, Room & Board, Leadership Opportunities, 21st Century Skills, Professional Development,, College Credit/Internship (depending on eligibility), Training & Certifications

Summer Camp at SOAR

Located: North Carolina, Wyoming, Florida, California, and New York

Position Available: Outdoor Trip Leader

Salary Range: $2,250 - $3,250/season

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: andrea@soarnc.org

Website: http://soarnc.org/about-soar/employment-opportunities/

  • Supervise a group of 7-8 students (2 staff per group), for 24 hrs/day, on 10 to 26 day courses; facilitate a safe and successful experience during adventure-based courses; facilitate the development of life skills, organizational skills, self-esteem, problem-solving strategies, communication techniques, and social skills.
  • Assist in developing personal goals for each student; write a comprehensive student evaluation at the end of each course; and act as a role model for students by demonstrating maturity, responsibility, good organizational skills, and professional behavior.
  • Minimum 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed); 2 years of college experience, in human service related field preferred (e.g., Education, Psychology, Recreation); current WFA and CPR certifications; Lifeguard required for FL & CA staff; experience and/or desire to work with LD and AD/HD youth; patience, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility.
  • Complete a staff application on-line at http://soarnc.org/about-soar/employment-opportunities/ or contact Andrea Wackerle, SOAR, PO Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707, (828)456-3435, andrea@soarnc.org

Summer Camp at SOAR

Located: North Carolina, Wyoming, Florida, California, and New York

Position Available: Activity Specialist

Salary Range: $2,250 - $3,250/season

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: andrea@soarnc.org

Website: http://soarnc.org/about-soar/employment-opportunities/

  • Work with groups of 7-8 students with 2 instructors to facilitate a safe and successful experience during the adventure activity portions of 10 to 26 day courses.
  • Minimum 21 years of age (some exceptions allowed). Minimum of 2 years college experience, preferable in Recreation Therapy, Outdoor Recreation, Education, or Psychology. WFA and CPR required (WFR preferred for WY & CA). Lifeguard certification required for FL, WY and CA staff.
  • Strong experience required in technical skills such as rock site facilitation and management, ropes course facilitation, white water rafting, caving, mountain biking, or ocean/water activities (FL & CA only). Patience, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and integrity required. Use of personal vehicle required for NC & WY.
  • Complete a staff application on-line at http://soarnc.org/about-soar/employment-opportunities/ or contact Laura Pate, SOAR, PO Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707, (828)456-3435, pate-moore@soarnc.org.

Camp Cayuga

Located: Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Activity Instructors

Salary Range: Competitive Salary & Travel Allowance

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: info@campcayuga.com

Website: http://www.campcayuga.com

  • TRADITIONAL, private, coed, nonsectarian, sleepaway camp for children ages 6-16. Over 60 daily activities! Diverse population from 26 states and 17 countries. Comprehensive facilities. Separate Teen Campus. Same family ownership since 1962. Staff/camper ratio is better than 1:4. ACA accredited. Less than 3 hrs from NYC and Philadelphia.
  • MULTI-TALENTED individuals with high moral character, who exhibit good sportsmanship; a genuine interest in working with kids; and the ability to work hard from morning to nightfall to ensure a positive camp experience for each camper! Need to provide quality instruction from beginner to advanced levels. Certification is preferred.
  • INSTRUCTORS needed for 60 land & water sports: Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Trapeze, Circus, Skateboarding, Archery, Riflery, ATVs, Paintball, Martial Arts, Fencing, Pottery, Ceramics, Wrestling, Music, Cheerleading, Dance, Mountain Biking, Zip Line, Lifeguards, Swimming. See our website for a complete list of instructor positions.
  • BENEFITS: Good salary, travel allowance, room & board, and laundry service. Tips are permitted. Staff lounge features internet access. Meet kids and work with high-caliber staff from around the world. Accept challenging responsibilities this summer, and gain valuable lifetime rewards! Free camp tuition for staff with children.

Camp Cayuga

Located: Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Supervisors and Directors

Salary Range: Competitive Salary, Travel Allowance, Free tuition for your kids

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: info@campcayuga.com

Website: http://www.campcayuga.com

  • TRADITIONAL, private, coed, nonsectarian, sleepaway camp for children ages 6-16. Over 60 daily activities! Diverse population from 26 states and 17 countries. Comprehensive facilities. Separate Teen Campus. Same family ownership since 1962. Staff/camper ratio is better than 1:4. ACA accredited. Less than 3 hrs from NYC and Philadelphia.
  • ACTIVITY DIRECTORS: Seeking professional educators, teachers, coaches, and mature adults to direct programs for: Athletics, Waterfront (pools & lake), Horsemanship, Trapeze, Circus, Tennis, Adventure (high ropes course), Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Extreme Sports, Paintball, Evening Program, Special Events, and Trips
  • SUPERVISORY AND SUPPORT: Seeking Division Directors, Head Counselors, Camp Mom, Food Service (manager, chefs, stewards), Medical (nurses, physicians, infirmary assistants), Academics/ESL, Office/Administration, Transportation (bus & van drivers), and Maintenance. See our website for a complete list of senior staff positions.
  • BENEFITS: Good salary, travel allowance, room & board, and laundry service. Free camp tuition for your children. Staff lounge features internet access. Meet kids and work with high-caliber staff from around the world. Accept challenging responsibilities this summer, and gain valuable lifetime rewards!

Keystone Camp for Girls

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Adventure Trip Staff

Salary Range: $2750+

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: office@keystonecamp.com

Website: http://www.keystonecamp.com

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Adventure Trip Staff Counselors will organize and instruct in one or more of our adventure sports and rock climbing, canoeing, and/or hiking and camping; will schedule and lead off-camp trips.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 19 or finished first year in college; have experience in the outdoors and our advneture sports; must love children; must be motivated, confident, and enthusiastic!
  • BENEFITS: Competitive salary; room, board, and laundry included; gain more certifications for job; learn about yourself; play in the outdoors all summer!

Keystone Camp for Girls

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Camp Counselors

Salary Range: $2500+

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: office@keystonecamp.com

Website: http://www.keystonecamp.com

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Counselors are first and foremost role models for our campers by being their cabin counselor as well as activity instructor, teaching one of our 18 traditional camp activities during the 10-week program.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Must be at least 19 or finished first year in college; must love being with children; must be energetic, caring, and a great role model for children.
  • BENEFITS: Competitive salary; room, board, and laundry included; live in a small, family oriented community; play with children in the outdoors all summer!

Camp Lohikan

Located: Lake Como, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Counselors and ALL Activity Instructors

Salary Range: Top Salary and Travel Paid.

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@lohikan.com

Website: http://www.lohikan.com/staffrec.htm

  • 400 Summer Camp Jobs Available! Camp Lohikan is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 15. We feature instruction in 65+ Arts, Sports and Adventure activities, a free-choice elective program, and a caring, supportive camp community where the safety and the happiness of our campers is the highest priority.
  • BENEFITS: Top Salary and Travel Paid. Room, board and laundry services are provided. You have no expenses! Pre and post camp employment is available. Staff lounge with high-speed internet access is available to staff.
  • INSTRUCTOR positions: All Arts, Sports and Adventure Activities including Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Archery, Riflery, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Circus Arts, Extreme Sports, Paintball, ATVs, Honda Dirt Bikes, Skateboarding, Mountain Boarding, Horseback Riding.
  • INSTRUCTOR positions: ARTS - Theater, Dance, Arts & Crafts (painting, drawing, jewelry, stained glass, air brush, t-shirt factory, etc.), Woodworking, Rocketry, Media Arts, Computers, Stage Craft. ADVENTURE: Rock Climbing, High Ropes Course, Mountain Biking, Survival Camp, Spy Camp and more!

Camp Lohikan

Located: Lake Como, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Professional Staff - Teachers, Coaches, Child Care Professionals

Salary Range: Top Salary and Travel Paid.

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@lohikan.com

Website: http://www.lohikan.com/staffrec.htm

  • Camp Lohikan is a traditional coed summer camp owned and operated by the Buynak family for over 60 years. We feature instruction in 65+ Arts, Sports and Adventure Activities, a free-choice elective program, and a caring and supportive camp community where the safety and happiness of our campers is the highest priority.
  • If you are a hard working individual who enjoys children, you may be the person we're searching for. Staff members must be able to put kids first at all times. It's also essential that staff members be strong role models for our campers.
  • SUPERVISORY STAFF positions: Group Leaders, Division Directors, Head Instructors for our daily activities, Program Directors, Trip Director, Camp Doctor, Camp Nurse, Horsemanship Director, Pool Director, Adventure & Wilderness Director, Circus Director, Arts Director, Food Service Director, Transportation Director, Office/Administrative Staff, Maintenance Supervisor.
  • BENEFITS: Top Salary and Travel Paid. Room, Board and Laundry Services are provided. Supervisors are provided private rooms. Families are accommodated. FREE Camp Tuition for children of camp supervisors. Pre and post camp employment is available.

Camp Lohikan

Located: Lake Como, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Sailing Instructors and Lifeguards

Salary Range: Top Salary and Travel Paid.

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@lohikan.com

Website: http://www.lohikan.com/staffrec.htm

  • Camp Lohikan is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 15. We feature instruction in 65+ daily activities, an individualized elective program, and a caring and supportive camp community where the safety and happiness of campers is the highest priority.
  • Lohikan's Aquatic Program includes a pool program and a private lake where 20+ activities are operated. Lake activities include: sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing and a water fun park complete with a lake waterslide, trampoline, Tarzan swing, iceberg and more!
  • In addition to an active on camp aquatics program, Lohikan also operates off-camp canoe trips and rafting trips on the Delaware River. Instructors for these canoe trips as well as instructors for all of the above activities are needed.
  • BENEFITS: Top Salary and Travel Paid. Room, board and laundry services are provided. Nights-off and days-off are scheduled throughout the summer. Staff lounge with high speed internet access is available to staff.

Adventure Treks

Located: Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, & NC

Position Available: Instructor

Salary Range: $2400 and up

Type: Wilderness adventure program for Teens

Contact: amanda@adventuretreks.com

Website: http://www.adventuretreks.com

  • Instructors lead activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, ice climbing, ziplining, cooking, orienteering
  • The six-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip, including instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment and handling medical issues.
  • Benefits include a competitive salary, a travel stipend, access to pro-purchase discounts, and the opportunity to work both summer (early June to mid-August) and fall school group programs (late August through late October in North Carolina).
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age (college graduate or degree in progress preferred), have a valid WFR/CPR certification (or be willing to acquire one), several years experience working with youth and leading outdoor programs and be willing to work long hours with little to no time off.

Camp Birch Hill

Located: New Durham, New Hampshire

Position Available: Waterski , Wakeboard, Tubing Boat Drive & Instructor

Salary Range: Competitive

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: chrissy.morell@gmail.com

Website: http://www.campbirchhill.com

  • Boat Driver for summer camp kids.
  • Must have or take test for NH Commercial Boat Liscence.
  • Teach kids how to waterski, wakeboard, and tube!
  • Cabin Counselor

Camp Birch Hill

Located: New Durham, New Hampshire

Position Available: Lifeguards

Salary Range: Competitive

Type: Residential Coed Summer Camp

Contact: chrissy.morell@gmail.com

Website: http://www.campbirchhill.com

  • Lifeguards to work at Birch Hill Waterfront
  • BOAT DRIVERS who have or are willing to obtain NH commercial boating license.
  • Waterfront activities include: water trampoline, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing
  • Cabin Counselor

Camp Runoia

Located: Belgrade Lakes, Maine

Position Available: Wilderness trip leader

Salary Range: $2200-2500 plus room and board.

Type: Residential Girls' Summer Camp

Contact: info@runoia.com

Website: http://www.runoia.com

  • Lead campers on overnight wilderness trips, with both a canoeing and or hiking focus.
  • Pass along your love of the outdoors while camping out under the stars with enthusiastic kids who are game for adventure.
  • Have leadership skills, a drivers license, experience putting up a tent and a genuine love of children and nature.
  • Apply via our website www.runoia.com or contact alex@runoia.com for more details. June 15th - August 12th

Camp Lake Greeley

Located: Greeley, Pennsylvania

Position Available: Counselors/Instructors

Salary Range: $1300-2000

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@lakegreeley.com

Website: http://www.lakegreeley.com

  • Lake Greeley Camp is a traditional, co-ed sleep away camp located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We are looking to hire 100+ counselors/ instructors for the upcoming summer. We need top caliber college-age students who enjoy working with children between the ages of 6-15.
  • Archery, Aerobics, Arts & Crafts, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Challenge/Rope Courses, Cheerleading, Chess, Dance, Fabric Factory, Field Hockey, Fishing, Football, Golf, Hiking, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Music, Nature, Newspaper, Photography, Radio, Riflery, Rock Climbing.
  • Rocketry, Roller Blading, Roller/Street Hockey, Sailing, Singing, Soccer, Softball, Swim Recreation, Volleyball, Weights, Windsurfing, Woodworking and Zip-line. Adventure Activities, ATVs, Ceramics, River Rafting, Biking Trips, Flying Trapeze, Gymnastics, Horseback; English/Western, Scuba Diving, Swim Instruction, Tennis and Theater.
  • In addition to your salary, you will receive free board, 3 meals a day, free laundry service and tipping is permitted.

Camp Akeela

Located: Thetford Center, Vermont

Position Available: Male Counselors & Specialists

Salary Range: $1800 - $2500

Type: Residential coed summer camp

Contact: info@campakeela.com

Website: http://www.campakeela.com

  • Camp Akeela is an overnight summer camp in Vermont for boys and girls ages 9 - 16. Our mission is to provide our campers with an incredible, life-changing summer experience.
  • Within a well-rounded, traditional camp program, Akeela's small, supportive community helps campers improve their social skills, make friends, gain self-confidence and have fun!
  • Cabin counselors enjoy all camp has to offer as they provide consistent mentorship and role modeling for a group of boys.
  • Specialists also live in camper bunks, but also teach daily programs. Positions available: swimming, boating, art, wood, archery, tennis, farm/garden and outdoor adventure (ropes course, hiking, etc.)