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Camp High Rocks

Located: Cedar Mountain, North Carolina

Position Available: Whitewater Paddling Assistant Director

Salary Range: $320-$500/week

Type: Residential boys' summer camp

Contact: staffinfo@highrocks.com

Website: https://www.highrocks.com

  • Camp High Rocks, a private boys camp in Western North Carolina, has an assistant director opening for it's summer whitewater paddling program. Applicant must be experienced in teaching open boat, kayak and/or C-1. Rivers we paddle include the Chattooga, Nantahala, Tuckaseegee, French Broad, and Green.
  • Lead, train, and model a safe paddling program with a focus on skill building and enjoyment. Help direct staff of 6-7 canoeing counselors. Create lesson plans for the program. Maintain fleet of boats and gear. Instruct canoeing on our 11 acre lake and lead trips to local rivers.
  • Qualifications: At least 21 years of age, experience leading river trips, Wilderness First Responder, and ACA whitewater instructor certification (certification available prior to camp season). Prior leadership in a whitewater canoeing program is preferred. Clean driving record and experience with 15 passenger vans pulling trailers.
  • Dates are May 26 -August 6, 2022. 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, rivers, and mountains on the Eastern Seaboard!

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).

Falling Creek Camp

Located: Tuxedo, North Carolina

Position Available: Activity & Cabin Counselors

Salary Range: $3200 - $3700 for 11 week season

Type: Residential boys' summer camp

Contact: mail@fallingcreek.com

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

  • Falling Creek is a high-adventure, traditional summer camp in the North Carolina mountains.
  • Seeking energetic, creative, and team-oriented counselors, wanting to work outdoors with boys while developing skills for success in the 21st century.
  • Room and board, laundry, internet, and training provided. Must be 19 or older and completed >1 year of college.

Falling Creek Camp

Located: Tuxedo, North Carolina

Position Available: Wilderness Adventure Staff

Salary Range: starts at $3200 - $3700 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

Seacamp

Located: Big Pine Key, Florida

Position Available: Unit Leader

Salary Range: Depending on Experience

Type: Residential Coed Camp

Contact: seacamp2002@aol.com

Website: http://www.seacamp.org

  • Supervise counselors
  • Plan daily and evening programs and special events
  • Participate in camp programs, marine science, SCUBA, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking

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).

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.

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.

Camp Rockmont

Located: Black Mountain, North Carolina

Position Available: Waterfront Staff

Salary Range: $225/week + bonuses

Type: Residential Boys' Summer Camp

Contact: info@rockmont.com

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

  • Lifeguard and skill instructor (LGT, CPR, FA certifications needed). WSI preferred.
  • State of the art waterfront facility on beautiful Lake Eden.
  • Hardworking, enthusiastic staff committed to the safety and well-being of the campers.

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.