Find Your Summer Family
Find your summer family
Being part of the Summer Trails team is much more than a summer job; it’s becoming part of a summer family. At Summer Trails we work hard and we play hard. We grow as individuals, we get the fantastic opportunity to work outdoors and we get to work alongside peers and build relationships that last a lifetime all while having our nights and weekends off. And most importantly, we get to be part of creating an environment focused on fun and play while we work.
Our diverse and dedicated staff team is at the heart of the Summer Trails experience. Summer Trails Staff spend their camp days doing things like coaching a sport, swimming in our heated pools, singing camp songs, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Summer Trails staff make a difference each and every day in the life of a child. Counselors impact campers, and campers impact counselors. Everyone leaves with an experience of an amazing summer that they will never forget.
What Makes You Special
The best camp counselors embody a fun-loving spirit, emit a positive energy, are ready to participate alongside our campers and are not afraid to act a little silly.
We seek staff that are even-tempered, empathetic in nature, open minded and patient.
Our staff are committed to the Summer Trails philosophy. We work together as a team to build confidence and self-esteem in our campers.
Kindness makes the world go round. Our staff are caring and responsible individuals who are ready to have fun and be a positive role model.
What Makes Us Special
How is a summer camp job more than just a job?
Camp is a place where our staff will be able to have fun, learn, grow, gain skills, socialize, build their resume, and more — all while being paid! Our leadership team is here to coach and support our staff so they can grow from the camp experience along with out campers.
What can I expect from working at Summer Trails?
To gain unbelievable experiences working with children
Improve your leadership skills
To work as a team
Gain a better understanding of child development
To be sad when the summer is over
To have a favorite camper
To work hard, really hard
To act silly
To play outside in the (liquid) sunshine
To be tired at times
To feel proud when “your” campers accomplish something new
To try something new
To gain new friendships
To feel excited, scared, nervous, and happy all at the same time
Can I use my summer camp job as a paid internship or receive college credit?
YES! Camp really is the best internship in the world! Staff learn pertinent skills that they can apply to their future careers as well as soft skills and life skills that simply aren’t taught in the classroom. Camp is natural fit for those who want to be future educators or work with youth to gain experience. Additionally, all students looking to enhance their resume should consider working at camp. Top companies are looking for their staff to have the exact skills that our staff gain while working at camp: communication, empathy, critical thinkers, collaboration, problem solving, social responsibility and leadership.
How old do I have to be to work at camp?
All staff are required to be 16 years of age or older. More than half of our staff are over the age of 21. Additionally, 1/3 of our staff were one time Summer Trails Campers. We are really proud that so many of our campers want to continue to be part of our community and give back to today’s youth. We hire staff who live locally and have a reasonable daily commute to camp. Additionally, we hire a select group of international staff representing countries from all over the world that live on off site camp provided housing. Summer Trails is an equal opportunity employer.
Is there a dress code?
Summer Trails provides staff with new Summer Trails t-shirts each summer. We ask that a Summer Trails t-shirt is worn everyday as well as a bathing suit and sneakers.
What is a typical day?
Regular staff hours are from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Some staff work extended morning hours starting at 7:15 am and some staff work extended evening hours until 6:30 pm. Each day is made up of a variety of scheduled activity periods. The camp schedule is very routine, but at the same time we are full of surprises and special events, which make no two days alike.