Do you want a meaningful job this summer? While your friends grind away in the city, imagine a fulfilling summer of personal growth and adventure while mentoring boys in the Great Northwoods.

Counselors are the worker bees who live, work, eat, and play with campers all summer long. Typically two male college-age counselors share a cabin with 5-7 boys, supervise in-camp sports, assist evening programs, and guide wilderness trips. Counselors will spend about 40% of their time on wilderness trips and 60% of their time at Voyageur base camp.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage risks in camp and on trips
Help with cabin cleanliness and organization, watch over cabin mates like a mother hen, help your campers adjust to life away from home, and more
Lead camp sports and activities, as well as Lifeguarding over aquatics and swimming
Lend your talents and interests to lead specific program activities like arts and crafts, aquatics, fitness, sailing, archery, video documentation, and more
Lead wilderness canoeing, hiking, and/or kayaking trips for boys age 10-18

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding


Interested in being a positive role model and making a positive impact on kids’ lives
Love of nature, wild places, and working with children
Commitment to being screen-free while on duty
Hard-working with a good attitude, high energy, and ability to demonstrate sound judgment, patience, and understanding at all times
Current WFA (we provide) and Lifeguarding certifications. Counselors with both certs. receive a $500 incentive over a 10-week contract in addition to $200/month higher pay

Required Skills:

The ability to lift and carry 60 pounds.
The ability to see and supervise participants in the swimming area.
The ability to live in a cabin with others, eat meals in a large, noisy dining room.
The ability to address stressful situations appropriately in a fast-paced, interactive environment.

Preferred Skills:

Previous experience working with kids or in outdoor education.
Possess specialties in coaching, teaching, fishing, sailing, photography, media publication, arts and crafts, or other related fields.

About Camp Voyageur

Established in 1951 in stark contrast to larger, corporate day camps that feature water slides and bubble blowing, Camp Voyageur is a rustic, family-owned camp with a traditional four-week program designed to cause boys age 10-18 to confront their self-concept and motivate them to explore and exceed what they thought were their limits. Confidence and independence come from this experience and it prepares them for life.

Camp Voyageur’s program offers boys a robust base camp routine of land and water sports, coupled with wilderness trips in the adjacent, two-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the surrounding region. Kids grow strong in camp playing sports and making friends. In the surrounding lake country, they master wilderness skills. Eventually, teenagers can qualify for Advanced Trips and Expeditions which explore the Quetico Provincial Park, Isle Royale, Apostle Islands, and beyond.

Application Instructions

Please apply at https://www.campvoyageur.com/employment/apply