Summer Camp Jobs: Why Work at a Camp?
Does this describe you or someone you know?
You love the outdoors. You love hiking and biking and sailing. And — your good friend says you’re great with kids.
If you relate to this, then there’s the perfect place waiting for you: summer camp at HAR. Over half a million high school and college students will find their way from their campus to camp this summer to fill openings at camps across the United States.
We are currently accepting applications for summer camp counselors and lifeguards. For job descriptions, click Camp Counselor Job Description.(must be 16 by the first day of camp) or Lifeguard Job Description. (must be 15 by the first day of camp). We generally hire staff for a full summer but will consider staff whose 15th and 16th birthdays occur during the summer. For the application, click Summer Camp Counselor Application. If you will be 13, 14 or 15 by the first day of camp and are interested in pursuing the role of Camp Counselor or Lifeguard in the next couple years, you may apply to be a Ranch Hand (counselor in training). To apply to be a Ranch Hand, please read and sign the Ranch Hand Information Sheet and fill out the Ranch Hand Application. Ranch Hands are still considered campers but pay a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their help. We only accept Ranch Hands who have been apart of the Happy Acres family for at least 3 years (as a camper, not just a family of a camper). We do not take Ranch Hands who are brand new to Happy Acres Ranch. Please fill out the application and references in its entirety before returning. Hurry because the jobs are going fast!
Imagine a job where almost anything is possible:
- Live, play, and work in the great outdoors.
- Go on active adventures.
- Experience other parts of the country.
- Make new friends from all over — even from other countries.
- Bank more money than you think — with few expenses.
- Become a child’s hero.
- Learn leadership skills.
Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills. College credit can sometimes be obtained from working at camp. Check with your college adviser to see if you qualify.
1. Must be physically able to preform the job.
2. Must pass a drug screen and background check (at your own expense).
3. Must attend all of Staff Training (exceptions sometimes made, with approval, if dates/times are noted on your application).
4. Must be able to work for most of the summer (you do not need to commit to the entire summer but at least 90% of it!).
Ready to sign up?
Step 1 ~ Submit the completed application to the office.
Step 2 ~ If we like your application, we will call you for an interview.
Step 3 ~ Attend a scheduled interview during the week of April 24-28, 2017.
Step 4 ~ If we think you might have potential as a counselor, you will be invited to Group Interview Night on May 2nd, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Step 5 ~ If we feel we will do well as a counselor, we will call you with a conditional job offer and invite you to Staff Training. Congrats!
What happens after I receive a conditional job offer?
Staff Training is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (May 20-21 and May 27-28) from 8-5. New counselors must attend ALL of Staff Training as it is all important for your success as a counselor. Counselors who miss parts of Staff Training risk having with conditional offer withdrawn. Exceptions can be made with approval by noting times you are unavailable on your application. Formal hiring occurs at the conclusion of the last day of training (Sunday May 28 at 5:00 pm)
When do I know I have a job this summer?
It may seem like you don’t know if you are hired until the weekend before camp starts and that is kind of true. If you make it to Staff Training Day 1, we feel you will make a good counselor with our additional training. So you make it this far, changes are you are in. However, we only hire the best counselors for our campers so we may turn down counselors after the first day or two of Staff Training. Please note, due to licensing and accreditation rules, your conditional offer will be automatically withdrawn if you fail your background check and/or drug screen.