As of Monday, October 3, 2016, the Staff Application is now open to all applicants for all positions. General staff inquiries may be sent to Assistant Directors Andy Savage (email@example.com) or Maggie Howe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please read through the following information packets to learn more about different staff positions at Gwynn Valley Camp.
- STAFF: If you will have completed at least 1 year of college by June 2017 and/or if you graduated from high school before June 2016, then you are eligible to apply for a full staff position at Gwynn Valley Camp. Most staff in this position are 19+, but you must be at least 18 years old by June 2017. Positions include cabin counselor, adventure staff, program leader, kitchen staff, maintenance & grounds, housekeeping, nanny, parent / staff, etc. For more details, please read through the 2017 Staff Information Packet.
- INTERN: If you will have completed 12th grade and will be 18 years old by June 2017, you may apply to the INTERN program. Priority is given to former campers and SITs, and we cannot guarantee space availability to non-campers. For more details, please read through the 2017 Intern Information Packet.
- Staff in Training (SIT): If you will have completed 11th grade and will be at least 16 years old by June 2017, you may apply to the Staff-In-Training (SIT) program. Priority is given to former campers, and we cannot guarantee space availability to non-campers. For more details, please read through the 2017 SIT Information Packet.
In addition to the information packets above, all staff applicants should review our Staff Policies, Procedures and Information to ensure they understand and agree to our terms of employment.
Work as a Summer Camp Counselor
Gwynn Valley’s staff make each summer a success.
We hire creative, fun, inspiring individuals who demonstrate a desire to work with younger children and who have strong character, leadership skills, and experience to teach in our program areas.
Our staff is made up of people from all over the world and these diverse cultures are an important part of Gwynn Valley. Countries such as Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, Brazil, Mozambique, Germany, Kenya, Japan, India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand have been represented at camp in recent summers. In addition, we have staff from many US states. Our counselors have finished their freshman year of college or equivalent, such as taking a gap year. Our overall camper/staff ratio is 3 to 1.
“This has been one of the most amazing summers of my life! From the moment I arrived at Gwynn Valley I was awe-struck by the diversity of people around me. I considered myself lucky to be here. I’ve taken on a lifestyle, not a mere job – a lifestyle because it’s changed me, challenged me, and taught me how to grow. The best part is not only am I benefiting myself – I’m making a difference to the children.”
To learn more about staff opportunities, next summer’s dates and other pertinent information for prospective staff, please read over the Staff Information document. If you have further questions after reading this document, please email one the following Assistant Directors:
- Andy Savage (email@example.com)
- Maggie Howe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In our Mountainside and Riverside programs we work to build a strong sense of community through adventure activities. We offer programming in backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, white water canoeing, pioneering skills and other activities. We are looking for staff who enjoy working with 11 to 14 year olds, have a passion for teaching, and have experience in leading outdoor pursuits. For more information on the Mountainside and Riverside programs please refer to the Program information pages.
What is it that you get from camp as a staff member?
At the end of our camp season here at Gwynn Valley I start to think about again finding the right staff to work in our program. After completing a great summer, you want only better for the next year. I feel the greatest challenge in camping today is finding the right staff to work in your program, and I hear other camp directors express that same thought. We’re looking for people who genuinely fit into our particular little bit of utopia. What is it that you get from camp as a staff member?
- Become a child’s hero
- Live, play, and work in the great outdoors
- Experience a summer full of active adventures
- Develop your leadership skills
- Experience a part of the US that steeped in history and outdoor resources
- Make new friends from all over the country and the world
- With limited expenses it’s easy to save money
- Eat healthy, delicious, homemade food from our farm
- Develop your teamwork and creativity skills
- Become a marketing expert
- Live a human powered existence at camp where you seldom get in a car
This and more will happen to you. Some of our staff spend a summer working with children and it literally becomes a life changing experience. Now keep in mind we’re not out to make your parents pay out another 2 years in college tuition so you can change your major to elementary education…. however, working at camp is something that opens doors as it exposes you to so much more than waiting tables at a restaurant or leaning on a shovel all summer long.
Life only seems to get more complicated for college students and young adults generally. As a dad with 2 children currently in college, I often ask myself and them, what are some of the most important characteristics of young people today? How do they learn? What do they need to learn? What are their goals, hopes, dreams? What will their lives be like? What kinds of changes will they experience in their lifetime? There’s a pretty cool video out on you tube that was done by Michael Wesch at Kansas State University, A Vision of Students Today. Check it out.
For both campers and staff, I think summer camp can offer so much that schools are missing out on these days. Many tremendously successful adults I know can trace back some important learning to their time as a participant or staff member at summer camp. Check out this video that was produced by the American Camp Association to learn about some of those people influenced by their time at camp.
Give camp a try and make a difference in a child’s life as well as yours.
Grant Bullard – Director