Work At Camp

Real in-person connections. Time Outside. A chance to make a difference. This summer, be part of an amazing community and join us at camp!

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Camps are in search of counselors, lifeguards, nurses, specialists, activity directors, and other positions.

Work at one of 300+ nonprofit day camps & overnight camps across the United States and Canada in Foundation for Jewish Camp’s network. Add your name and we will match you directly with a camp.

Being on staff at any camp is perhaps the most fulfilling job you will ever have. You will have the opportunity to impact and help children grow, experience life in an enthusiastic and caring community, and create friendships that last a lifetime.

Why Work at Camp?
Regardless of your career path, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills. You can often earn college credit by working at camp too.

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Where can I learn more about all of the different camps?

Check out FJC’s directory of Jewish overnight and day camps here! It’s built with a camper/parent audience in mind, but will give you a good feel for the many options out there.

I want to work at camp, but others keep telling me I need an internship this summer.

Working at camp is the best internship you’ll ever have. Camp is not only beneficial for the campers, but is also a great personal and professional growth experience for staff. Too often a summer camp job is seen as a “summer off” – less valuable than “real work” or internship experience. Should you spend a summer at camp you will gain invaluable skills as a counselor, specialist, programmer, or supervisor which translates into hands-on experience with time management, teamwork, creative problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership development, event planning, mentorship, facilitation, and so much more. You will not only be better prepared for any future career – you will be better prepared for life! Sounds a lot better than making coffee and copies all day!

What are the COVID precautions being taken at camps?

The safety of camp staff and campers is the first priority of every camp. Each camp is working in close coordination with their own teams of medical experts, the American Camp Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp, and closely monitoring CDC and local health department guidelines, to guide decisions and revamp our protocols and procedures. Take some time to visit the camp’s website, each has information on how they are preparing for the summer.

Do you have to be Jewish to work at a Jewish camp?

No, you do not. Jewish camps are equal opportunity employers and hire folks based on their skills, their character and values, and their willingness to be part of the camp community.

What's the salary for a camp counselor?

The salary for a camp staff has a large range depending on the type of camp (day or overnight), its location, how many weeks you work at camp, and the staff person’s age and experience. Leadership positions (staff in supervisory type roles) will typically earn higher salaries, as is sometimes the case with individuals who bring specialized stills to camp as well. At overnight camp, room and board is fully covered as well.

I have a vacation planned for a couple of weeks of July, can I still work at camp?

Probably not. Being a camp counselor and role-model for younger kids is a full summer commitment. Exact timing depends on where in North America the camp is (and school schedules), but camps typically begin in early to mid June and end in early to mid August.

That said, there are special circumstances where a camp needs someone with a particular skill set for one session or a limited time. Be honest about your availability upfront.

Camps are used to staff who need time off to attend college orientation and can work with you to make accommodations for that.

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