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Falling Creek Camp

Located: Tuxedo, North Carolina

Position Available: Wilderness Adventure Staff

Salary Range: starts at $3200 - $6000+ for the 11 week season

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: mail@fallingcreek.com

Website: http://www.fallingcreek.com/staff

  • Room & Board, laundry, internet provided, prodeals, and networking opportunities
  • Paid Orientation and Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certifications
  • Mountain biking, hiking, canoe/kayaking, rock climbing, and more
  • Swift Water & Canoe / Kayak Instructor certifications available

Cheerio on the New River

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

Position Available: Land 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 land activities - mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, 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 High Rocks

Located: Cedar Mountain, North Carolina

Position Available: Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp Counselor

Salary Range: $260-$420/week

Type: Residential boys' summer camp

Contact: staffinfo@highrocks.com

Website: https://www.highrocks.com

  • We are looking for a team of fun, active, and caring people who are willing to be creative, energetic, responsible, and patient as they lead by example. Counselors are at least 19 years of age or rising college sophomore, with a strong interest in working with children.
  • Male counselors live in a cabin with 5 to 7 boys, ages 7-16. Female staff have additional duties in lieu of cabin coverage. We act not only as teachers, but as friends, role models, and at times parents.
  • Counselors instruct one or more areas: Rock Climbing; Horseback Riding; Hiking; Mountain Biking; Canoeing and Kayaking; Fishing; Pottery; Swimming; Sailing; Riflery and Archery; Crafts; Tennis; Basketball; Soccer; Childcare; High Ropes Course.
  • May 26 - August 6, 2022. Training dates in May. Other benefits include room, board, and free laundry facilities; staff lounge area with wifi; extensive professional discounts; an incredible location with over 1000 acres of wilderness; adjacent to some of the best wilderness and highest mountains on the Eastern Seaboard!

Camp Mondamin

Located: Tuxedo, North Carolina

Position Available: Counselor / Outdoor Educator

Salary Range: competitive

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: mondamin@mondamin.com

Website: http://www.mondamin.com

  • We are a noncompetitive, non-regimented camp focused on fun, growth and instruction. We need people who enjoy working and living with children and have skills in: backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, whitewater boating, sailing, horseback riding, swimming, environmental education, tennis and arts and crafts.
  • Everyone who works at Mondamin has three basic responsibilities: Teaching skills and leading trips in an outdoor activity. Working directly with kids as a counselor, advisor, and advocate. And participation and influence as a member of the camp community.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a college or university (or equivalent). Should have experience in and be willing to teach one or more of our activities (some training provided).
  • Salaries are individually determined based on your age, experience and skills. Our salaries compare favorably with most other camps and rise as you prove yourself. All food and lodging is provided. Time off: everyone gets 36 hours per week leave (a day and 2 nights).

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 Carolina

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Outdoor Adventure Staff

Salary Range: $200-$380 per week (based on age/skill)

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: kylie@campcarolina.com

Website: http://www.campcarolina.com

  • CCB is located in Western North Carolina where we are surrounded by some of the best rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking, fly fishing, sea kayaking and mountain boarding in the country. And we are hiring instructors for all of these positions!
  • Our campers come from all over the world and choose CCB for the High adventure activities we offer as well as the skilled, passionate, trained and awesome staff we have each year.
  • Our Adventure staff train for up to 5 weeks and receive subsidized/free Internationally recognized courses based on their activity department
  • Network with outdoor professionals from 16+ countries. Spend your post camp traveling the world with new friends doing what you love!

Camp Illahee

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Activity Specialists

Salary Range: $4000 +,depending on experience, for full season work

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: gretchen@campillahee.com

Website: https://www.campillahee.com/staff/work-here/

  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Help make a difference this summer! We are looking for fun, caring, responsible adults who are excited to share knowledge of their field with our campers.
  • PROGRAM INFORMATION: Our 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio ensures quality programs including: trips (Kayaking, Climbing and Hiking), Horseback Riding, Studio Arts (Woodworking, Ceramics, Arts and Crafts, Fiber Arts and Painting) and more!
  • BENEFITS: Excellent training opportunities; competitive salary range including bonuses for experience and certifications.
  • Seeking specialists for: Climbing, Kayaking, Hiking, High Ropes Course, Pottery, Woodworking and Horseback Riding

Camp Green Cove

Located: Tuxedo, North Carolina

Position Available: Counselor / Outdoor Educator

Salary Range: competitive

Type: Residential Girls' Summer Camp

Contact: greencove@greencove.com

Website: http://www.greencove.com

  • We are a noncompetitive, non-regimented camp focused on fun, growth and instruction. We need people who enjoy working and living with children and have skills in: backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, whitewater boating, sailing, horseback riding, swimming, environmental education, tennis and arts and crafts.
  • Everyone who works at Green Cove has three basic responsibilities: Teaching skills and leading trips in an outdoor activity. Working directly with kids as a counselor, advisor, and advocate. And participation and influence as a member of the camp community.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a college or university (or equivalent). Should have experience in and be willing to teach one or more of our activities (some training provided).
  • Salaries are individually determined based on your age, experience and skills. Our salaries compare favorably with most other camps and rise as you prove yourself. All food and lodging is provided. Time off: everyone gets 36 hours per week leave (a day and 2 nights).

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 Dixie

Located: Clayton, Georgia

Position Available: Cabin Staff/ Activity Instructor

Salary Range: $190 - $245 per week

Type: Residential Coed Camp

Contact: info@campdixie.org

Website: http://www.campdixie.org

  • Teach a wide range of camp activities. Work with small camper groups
  • Paid Internships
  • End of season bonus. Must be at least 18 years old with at least one year of college
  • Room/Board and Laundry

Camp Dixie

Located: Clayton, Georgia

Position Available: Camp Counselor - Male/ Female

Salary Range: $190 - $245 per week

Type: Residential Coed Camp

Contact: info@campdixie.org

Website: http://www.campdixie.org

  • Counselor will live with campers in cabins and supervise various activities.
  • Instruct traditional camp activities including: archery, riflery, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, tennis, dance, arts and crafts, campcrafts, and drama.
  • Salary includes room and board and could possibly be increased depending on certifications and experience. Must be 18 or older with at least one year of college.
  • Completion Bonus at end of season

Camp Chatuga

Located: Mountain Rest, South Carolina

Position Available: Camp Counselor

Salary Range: $1620 to $1800 ($270 to $300 per week for six weeks)

Type: Coed Residential Camp

Contact: mail@campchatuga.com

Website: http://www.campchatuga.com

  • For any career, successful camp work shows maturity, good judgment, responsibility, initiative and independence.
  • It looks great on a resume, and we are glad to provide future job references as needed.
  • In a camp setting, one will experience a wide variety of people and activities that will enhance your life forever.
  • General responsibilities include (1) leadership and guidance of campers (2) participation in general camp program (3) organization and operation of a safe and meaningful program in assigned instructional areas.

Camp Muddy Sneakers

Located: Brevard, NC

Position Available: Lead Instructor

Salary Range: $625-$750/weekly depending on experience

Type:

Contact: lee@muddysneakers.org

Website: http://muddysneakers.org/

  • We are seeking talented instructors to develop daily nature influenced lesson plans with guidance from our camp curriculum.
  • Instructors provide engaging and fun nature adventures for campers, also incorporating naturalist knowledge of the WNC mountain region.
  • Daily pay rate includes planning and debrief time. Must attend training days in late May to early June.
  • Must have current WFA certification. Lead Instructor must work minimum of 3 weeks. Scheduling priority goes to full summer instructors.

Camp Muddy Sneakers

Located: Brevard, NC

Position Available: Lead Assistant

Salary Range: $300-$400/weekly depending on experience

Type:

Contact: lee@muddysneakers.org

Website: http://muddysneakers.org/

  • Support lead instructor with curriculum, supplies, and logistics.. Must be at least 21 years or older.
  • Provide naturalist and camp instruction with support from Lead Instructor and other staff members.
  • Must have current WFA certification. Lead Assistant must work minimum of 3 weeks, Scheduling priority goes to full summer instructors.
  • Support from Lead Instructors and seasoned camp staff is given to bulk up your tool belt in environmental education. Resume instruction optional at the end of the summer.

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: info@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 Rockmont

Located: Black Mountain, North Carolina

Position Available: Cabin Counselor

Salary Range: $225/week + bonuses

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: info@rockmont.com

Website: http://www.rockmont.com/work-at-camp

  • Counselor of 8 boys - ages ranging from 6-16. Guide and direct your cabin in a variety of camp programs/activities.
  • Enthusiastic staff.
  • Hardworking, encouraging environment where lives are changed.
  • Rock Climbing experience desired.

Green River Preserve

Located: Hendersonville-Brevard area, North Carolina

Position Available: Cabin Counselor

Salary Range: $210-240

Type: Residential, coed environmental summer camp

Contact: missy@greenriverpreserve.org

Website: http://www.greenriverpreserve.org

  • Work as a leader and role model for gifted and motivated 2nd through 9th grade children. Provide a caring cabin atmosphere for 7 campers.
  • Teach a wide range of camp activities including fly-fishing, canoeing, fencing, rock climbing, painting, outdoor cooking, pottery, etc. Assist professional naturalists in morning hikes to waterfalls, mountain overlooks, through streams, and other adventures.
  • Must be at least 18 years old with at least one year of college experience. Must be mature, and willing to be nurturing and instructive to children as well as respectful of all.
  • Starting salary is $210 per week plus room, board, and laundry service. Additional pay for training in camp related fields such as wilderness medical training, lifeguarding, N.C. commercial driver's license, etc. Internships also available- please see website.

Camp Merrie-Woode

Located: Sapphire, North Carolina

Position Available: Activity Instructors/Counselor

Salary Range: Competitive pay

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: betsy@merriewoode.com

Website: http://www.merriewoode.com

  • We look for staff who have completed at least one year of college, who are of high moral character, who love working with children, have a positive attitude, lots of energy and willingness to be a role model to young girls.
  • Counselors teach up to four activity periods daily and live in cabins with the campers. Activities include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing and kayaking, ceramics, chorus, climbing, dance, drama, backpacking, caving, fly-fishing, landsports, nature, photography, riding, sailing, swimming, stained glass, tennis, tumbling, weaving, and woodworking.
  • Salary is based on age and experience and includes room, board, and laundry.

Camp Merrie-Woode

Located: Sapphire, North Carolina

Position Available: Trip Leaders

Salary Range: Competitive pay

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: betsy@merriewoode.com

Website: http://www.merriewoode.com

  • The Mountaineering Program includes a high ropes course, rock climbing - indoor and outside, backpacking - overnights, day hikes, several day backpacking trips, and caving. Mountaineers need to possess strong leadership and organizational skills with orienteering, first aid, climbing and backpacking skills, and ropes facilitation.
  • Staff must have extensive experiences in an outdoor setting. WFR (preferred), WAFA, or WFA required. Outward Bound, NOLS, or the equivalent; graduate preferred.
  • Salaries are individually determined and based on your age, experience, and skills. Housing, food, and laundry are provided. All staff have 36 hours per week leave.

Rockbrook Camp for Girls

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Outdoor Adventure Specialist

Salary Range: $2000+

Type: Residential girls' summer camp

Contact: sofie@rockbrookcamp.com

Website: http://www.rockbrookcamp.com/staff/

  • Rockbrook Camp has been a private, traditional camp for girls ages 6 to 16, since 1921. Must enjoy working closely with children, strive to serve as a positive role model, and be attentive and responsible.
  • We're looking for enthusiastic people with a genuine interest in kids, people with leadership ability, and a love for having fun in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Backpacking, outdoor cooking, and group dynamics experience required, and a positive, safety-conscious, enthusiastic attitude a must.
  • Salary is based on experience. Room, board and laundry are provided. Additional pay for training and/or certification in camp related fields.

Gwynn Valley Camp

Located: Brevard, North Carolina

Position Available: Adventure Leaders/Rock Climbing/Paddling/Mtn Bike Instructors

Salary Range: $240 per wk and up d.o.e.

Type: Coed Residential and Day Summer Camp

Contact: mail@gwynnvalley.com

Website: http://www.gwynnvalley.com

  • Mountainside/Riverside program
  • 3 week adventure program that includes rock climbing, white water canoeing, backpacking, mountain biking & pioneering skills.
  • Work with children ages 11-14. Ten or eleven campers per group working with two adults plus support staff.