Camp Counselors play the most important role in supplying a positive, valuable, safe experience for Mountaineers summer campers. They are directly responsible for the daily supervision of a group of 8-12 campers ranging in age from 6-12. They design and teach varying outdoor curriculum, including first aid, navigation, and safe methods of recreating outdoors. They will work collaboratively with other camp staff and CITs to create an inclusive and engaging camp environment. Camp Counselors create an enthusiastic and welcoming environment for their group of campers and have seemingly limitless amounts of energy.

Key Responsibilities

– Provide a meaningful camp experience, keeping campers happy, healthy, safe, and having fun.
– Foster a positive sense of community within the group and seek ways to include all campers.
– Plan creative outdoor activities for group of campers using Mountaineers curriculum.
– Enthusiastically teach games and activities to group of campers.
– Fearlessly participate as a leader during large group and all camp activities.
– Assist in the set up and break down of camp.
– Participate in weekly field trips off campus with campers (includes activities such as hiking and rafting)
– Participate in extended care with a coordinator either before camp (7:45-9:00am) or afterwards (4-5:30pm) at least once over the summer.
– Participate in Thursday overnight program with other staff at least two weeks of the summer.
– Attend weekly staff meetings.
– Ensure The Mountaineers youth policies and procedures are followed and adhered to at all times.
– Share the magic of camp with families.
– Sing your heart out during camp assemblies.
– Be a mentor and role model for Counselors In Training.

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


- Minimum age 18.
- Have a high school diploma.
- A positive, enthusiastic team player.
- Experience working with youth.
- Current CPR & First Aid Certification or ability to obtain certification before start date

Required Skills:

- Ability to lift/move 20 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally on program days.
- Ability to walk for 4 or more hours continuously
- Ability to care for self and others in a snowy environment.

Preferred Skills:

- Climbing and belaying experience.
- Knowledge of quick games and time fillers to keep campers engaged during transitions.
- Past summer camp experience preferred.
- Experience teaching outdoor recreation skills such as first aid, navigation, naturalist skills, kayaking, climbing, etc.

About The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 15,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to the work of generations of volunteers and our internationally recognized publishing division, we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy.

Our dedicated volunteers and staff get people outside to experience the power of the natural world. We advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. Visit www.mountaineers.org to learn more.

Application Instructions

Full job description: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/e3d34f79961b4165a6574da25b3969df-day-camp-counselor-the-mountaineers-seattle To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Tailor Dolgin through the link below: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6745363/The-Mountaineers-Seattle-Summer-Camp The cover letter should address 1) what experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you (1 page max).