Camp Nor’wester is seeking a dynamic and experienced Ropes Director to lead our Ropes Team this summer! As the Ropes Director, you’ll be at the forefront of our challenge course and climbing wall operations, where we guide campers through high and low ropes elements, rock climbing adventures, and team-building games. With our two four-week long sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to watch campers grow and develop their skills as they come back to the departments multiple times!

Leading a team of 4 to 5 Ropes Instructors, you’ll supervise daily activities, ensuring each camper’s experience is both safe and unforgettable. Safety is our top priority, which is why the Ropes Team undergoes rigorous paid on-site training in equipment usage and group facilitation. As the Ropes Director, you’ll oversee equipment safety, manage daily logs and safety checks, schedule activities and staff, and, best of all, lead activities alongside campers.

As a department staff, this position also involves staffing outcamp overnights and potentially longer trips, contributing to a camper unit, and supervising campers during non-department activities including meals, evening activities, and nighttime coverage. As with all department staff at Nor’wester, the Ropes Director is a residential staff, assigned to live in a camper unit, in a tent shared with other staff members, and included unit supervision responsibilities.

Joining our Supervisory Team, you’ll play a vital role in ensuring the success of our summer programs. If you’re ready for an adventure-packed summer, apply now to become our next Ropes Director at Camp Nor’wester!

Contract dates are June 7th – August 22nd, all room and board in covered. Pay is $4,200 for season plus bonuses for certifications.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Must be 21+ years
Experience with both the facilitation of and technical aspects of high ropes, low ropes, and climbing walls
Experience supervising
A minimum of Basic First Aid & CPR certifications

About Camp Nor'wester

Camp Nor'wester, where adventure meets personal growth in the breathtaking landscapes of the San Juan Islands and the greater Pacific Northwest. A program for campers aged 9-16, our overnight camp fosters a nurturing environment where campers develop essential skills and self-awareness in a supportive community. We offer two four-week sessions where our 170 campers participate in on-island camp programming and outcamp overnights and trips.

At Camp Nor'wester, we prioritize instilling values of responsibility, compassion, and environmental stewardship through engaging outdoor-focused programming. Our commitment to safety ensures a secure space for exploration, both physically and emotionally. Through exciting outdoor activities and group living, we cultivate teamwork and interpersonal skills, setting the stage for lifelong friendships and meaningful connections.

Application Instructions

Instructions to submit online application: https://norwester.org/staff/how-to-apply/

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