Deer Crossing Camp attracts staff who are outgoing and energetic with a love for wilderness living and a desire to provide children with opportunities to learn and grow in an atmosphere of adventure and fun. Each staff member fills two roles: activity instructor and general counselor. As a Rock-Climbing Instructor, you teach campers ages 8–17 rock climbing (and possibly technical tree-climbing) classes from beginner to advanced levels. Class sizes are small, usually 3-8 campers, depending on the activity. In the Counselor role, you will teach map and compass skills; lead backpacking out-trips; supervise volleyball games and fishing excursions; lifeguard open beach; oversee daily activity board sign-ups; head dining room tables; conduct morning tent checks; and more. In our small camp environment, all staff (and campers) also help with camp chores and maintenance.

Staff training starts 6/6/22 and camp runs through 8/6/22. Base pay is $4,500 for 9 weeks of staff training and camp. Pay increases $300 with Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certification valid through 8/13/22. Relevant certifications in climbing earn another $100. All staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid (if not already WFR or EMT certified) and American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/Professional CPR during staff training. Staff receive one 24-hour day off each week plus occasional activity periods and evenings. Staff are paid every two weeks, at the end of each camp session. No smoking of any type, no recreational drugs, no drinking. In 2022, all staff must be up-to-date on their Covid vaccinations.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Climbing Skills


Each Rock-Climbing Instructor must have a solid, advanced-level foundation--represented by 100+ hours of experience in:

• Setting top-rope protection without bolts already being in place
• Setting cams, nuts, chocks, doing wraps on boulder/trees, etc
• Setting up self-equalizing anchor systems, such as cordelettes
• Belaying on real rock
• Lead climbing and/or cleaning wall after lead climber
• Rock rescue
• Climbing at 5.7+ on Yosemite rating system

Required Skills:

Rock Instructors may also have the opportunity to learn to teach technical tree-climbing. All staff must have strong swimming skills, and if not already certified lifeguards, must be capable of being certified during staff training. WFR and/or backpacking experience are major pluses. We look for staff who are outgoing and friendly, high energy, adventurous, helpful, caring and thoughtful, willing to help with camp chores and maintenance, and capable of following the rules of our wilderness facility.

About Deer Crossing Camp

An outdoor adventure for campers 8–17 (maximum 50 campers) in California’s High Sierra on Loon Lake, Eldorado National Forest. True wilderness location, with no-road-access and off-the-grid, where campers hike in and supplies/gear/food/etc. are boated in. Founded in 1983 on two key principles: (1) through competency comes self-esteem, and; (2) true leaders first learn to lead themselves. Campers learn sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, rock-climbing, technical tree-climbing, archery, backpacking, arts/crafts, improv comedy, guitar, and more. Outstanding leadership programs. Lodge and platform tents. American Camp Association accredited.

Staff sleep in platform tents (with mattresses), among camper tents. Meals served in lodge. Separate staff and camper bathrooms with hot showers in lodge. Limited wifi Internet access available for staff; no cell phone access.

COVID: See the camp website for more information on how we plan to keep staff and campers safe this summer.

Application Instructions

To submit an online application, go to the camp website (https://www.deercrossingcamp.com), select Camp Jobs, and scroll down to Submit an Application.