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Work @ Camp This Summer!
Are you thinking about working at camp this summer? Interested in camp but not sure which one? You’ve come to the right place!
Let the Foundation for Jewish Camp help you find your summer home. Here’s how our matching process works:
- Complete this form to let us know a bit more about you and your interests. There’s no formal commitment here – just let us know that you’re considering camp!
- We will connect you with camps that we think you will love, and they will be in touch directly.
- You’ll have a chance to learn more about them, their specific open positions, etc.
- If you’re interested in working there this summer, you will officially interview with camp for a position.
Frequently Asked Questions
Real in-person connections. Time Outside. A chance to make a difference. This summer, be part of an amazing community and join us at camp!
Being on staff at any camp is perhaps the most difficult and most fulfilling job you will ever have. You will have the opportunity to impact and help children grow, experience life in an enthusiastic and caring community, and create friendships that last a lifetime.
Regardless of your career path, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills. You can often earn college credit by working at camp too.
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Check out FJC’s directory of Jewish overnight and day camps here! It’s built with a camper/parent audience in mind, but will give you a good feel for the many options out there.
Working at camp is the best internship you’ll ever have. Camp is not only beneficial for the campers, but is also a great personal and professional growth experience for staff. Too often a summer camp job is seen as a “summer off” – less valuable than “real work” or internship experience. Should you spend a summer at camp you will gain invaluable skills as a counselor, specialist, programmer, or supervisor which translates into hands-on experience with time management, teamwork, creative problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership development, event planning, mentorship, facilitation, and so much more. You will not only be better prepared for any future career – you will be better prepared for life! Sounds a lot better than making coffee and copies all day!
The safety of camp staff and campers is the first priority of every camp. Each camp is working in close coordination with their own teams of medical experts, the American Camp Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp, and closely monitoring CDC and local health department guidelines, to guide decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures. Take some time to visit the camps website, each has information on how they are preparing for the summer.
It will be common this summer that staff at overnight camps will not be allowed to leave campgrounds for days off or other events. Accommodations are being made to create spaces for staff to relax and recharge on camp grounds.
No, you do not. Jewish camps are equal opportunity employers and hire folks based on their skills, their character and values, and their willingness to be part of the camp community.
The salary for a camp staff has a large range depending on the type of camp (day or overnight), its location, how many weeks you work at camp, and the staff person’s age and experience. Leadership positions (staff in supervisory type roles) will typically earn higher salaries, as is sometimes the case with individuals who bring specialized stills to camp as well. At overnight camp, room and board is fully covered as well.
Probably not. Being a camp counselor and role-model for younger kids is a full summer commitment. Exact timing depends on where in North America the camp is (and school schedules), but camps typically begin in early to mid June and end in early to mid August.
That said, there are special circumstances where a camp needs someone with a particular skill set for one session or a limited time. Be honest about your availability upfront.
Camps are used to staff who need time off to attend college orientation and can work with you to make accommodations for that.