Counselors form the heart and soul of the camp each summer, so we’re looking for outstanding role models and leaders. Many counselors are also lifeguards, drivers, program specialists (eg with CIT, arts & crafts, wilderness), and medic/assistant medic. As a team, you’re responsible for planning and leading activities using your own creativity, talents, and values. Most counselors are assigned to a cabin/yurt group, others will sleep in a separate tent area and “float” as needed to cover days off.
Our lifeguards will also serve as program staff, with 2-3 hour waterfront duty daily as weather and schedules allow. You will keep campers safe and follow policy at our 12 acre reservoir, with swimming, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boat program.
Program Staff Responsibilities:
Leadership and guidance of cabin group and program groups for youth ages 9-15
Live with small group of campers and help each camper adjust and grow in
relation to other campers and camp life; and monitor daily hygiene of each
Work cooperatively with all other staff members to plan, implement, and
evaluate the program
Interpret philosophy, rules and regulations of the camp, with special attention to
safety and health regulations for the campers
Guide each individual camper in their participation in group activities as needed
Assist with all camp program activities and other camp wide activities as
Act as host at meal times and lead camper cleanups responsibly
Attend, lead, and participate in meeting for worship
Attend staff meetings regularly and relay information to other staff not present;
contribute as necessary
Participate in the spiritual, emotional, and physical growth of all
Prepare written evaluation at the end of the summer following the guidelines
provided by the Camp Director
For waterfront staff, provide life-guarding and other duties to instruct campers and maintain safety in lakeside activities, canoeing/kayaking, and swimming.
Other duties as assigned
Minimum of 18 years of age (all ages of adults encouraged to apply, and
exception may be made for certain individuals who have graduated from high
school at age 17)
High school graduate, some college preferred, or equivalent experience
Some experience significant to working with children in a camp setting
For waterfront staff, current lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR certification
Familiarity and compatibility with Quaker values
Good written and verbal communication in English; attention to detail and organization; ability to navigate over uneven outdoor terrain, sleep in yurt/tent; flexibility and confidence balancing multiple priorities; swimming and canoeing skills; leadership and team work skills
Prior experience at summer camp, backcountry education, lake/beach lifeguarding, or similar environment; ability to lift up to 40 lbs; enthusiasm for living and contributing to community
About Mountain Friends Camp
Mountain Friends Camp is a residential, co-ed camp affiliated with Intermountain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) for youth ages 10-15. At camp, everyone takes responsibility for the well being of the community, from deciding on “norms” to washing dishes to making sure that everyone is having fun. We live simply and in harmony with the natural environment and have a great time exploring, learning and sharing.
We welcome campers and staff members from diverse religious, geographic, racial, gender, ability, and economic backgrounds, and staff should be prepared to actively engage with differences and challenge assumptions. Please reflect on what it takes to create a community based around Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, equality, community, and stewardship, and your preparedness to handle challenges, hard work and very limited personal time. Thank you in advance for your energy, creativity and service!