Working at camp is a life-changing experience. Camp staff are role models, self-confidence boosters, unconditional friends, caregivers, and cheerleaders. In the eyes of our campers, you are real-life superheroes who love to play as much as they do.
A job at camp can prepare you for your first year of college, managing your finances, living with roommates, handling emergencies, working effectively with others, and caretaking and supervising children and staff. You can apply the skills you learn over the summer to any profession you choose to go into.
Working at camp gives you a competitive edge when applying for jobs and internships because you walk away equipped with the 21st Century skills that employers are looking for. A job at camp gives you communication skills, the ability to collaborate, critical thinking skills, creativity, and the ability to think on your feet and be flexible.
You will also walk away with incredible friendships that you'll have for the rest of your life. Real friends who will have your back and celebrate your successes.
Not only do you walk away with valuable skills, new certifications and incredible friendships, you also get paid to have fun and bring your best silly, goofy self!
All three of our camps offer incredible opportunities to gain leadership skills, make new friends, and explore the outdoors. Each camp has its own unique vibe and offers different activities. Deciding which camp to work at should be about figuring out which camp fits your own unique vibe.
Camp Alice Pittenger is our waterfront property tucked away in the mountain town of McCall, ID. It offers rustic cabin style housing, swimming, boating, an inflatable water obstacle course, archery, and lots of other fun camp activities. Camp Alice Pittenger serves primarily Brownies-Ambassadors (2nd-12th graders).
Camp Echo is our day camp property located near downtown Boise. It offers a wide variety of activities including hiking, biking, water play, field trips and more! Camp Echo serves primarily Daisies-Juniors (Kindergarten-5th graders).
Camp TAM is our rustic mountain getaway tucked away in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. It offers platform wall tent living, backcountry adventures, horseback riding and more! TAM primarily serves Brownies-Ambassadors (2nd-12th graders).
While working at camp is incredibly rewarding and offers essential skills that you can take anywhere, you also get a bi-weekly paycheck! That’s right, you get paid to have fun all summer.
Overnight Camp Pay
The following is an outline of our pay scale for overnight camp staff. The pay scale is our way of increasing compensation for relevant skills, experience, and certifications. If you have unique qualifications not stated in the outline, please discuss them during your interview.
|Base Pay per Day
|Base Pay per Week
|Junior Counselors & Lifeguards 17+
|Counselors & Lifeguards 18+
|Programming Lead 18+
|Administrative Staff (Directors, Kitchen, Health Center, etc.)
Additions to base salary (per week) are made for the following certifications, experience, and skills:
|Added per Week
|Returning Staff (year two)
|Returning Staff (year three)
|Wilderness First Aid Certification
|Activity Certifications (ACA or equivalent, based on relevance)
|$5 - $20 ($50 max)
Day Camp Compensation
The following is an outline of our pay scale for day camp staff.
|Pay Per Day
|Pay Per Week
|Day Camp Counselor (floater for 6 weeks)
|Day Camp Counselor
|Returning Day Camp Counselor
|Assistant Camp Director
On top of pay, all staff members are eligible for a 40% pro-deal discount through Chacos, will participate in professional development, and will get weekly staff appreciation gifts. All resident camp staff receive room and board as part of their contract as well.
Name: Kristen “Peach” McAdams
Role at Camp: Program Manager
Favorite Thing at Camp: Making New Friends
Favorite Camp Song: Hermie The Worm
If you could have one animal in my pocket, what would it be?: A dragon named Misty. She breathes warm air on my hands when they are chilly.
Are Noodle People real?: Yes, I believe I saw one walking a jackalope at Yellowstone two years ago.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at camp?: Hiking the foothills, playing disc golf and reading.
Name: Taylor “Gizmo” Jensen
Camp: Camp Echo
Role at Camp: Camp Director
Favorite Thing at Camp: The campers! I love getting to meet all the new faces and catch up with returning friends.
Favorite Camp Song: It's a tie between Boa Constrictor and Moon on the Meadow
If you could have one animal in your pocket, what would it be?: A Komodo dragon
Are Noodle People real?... That is classified information that you'll just have to find out for yourself at camp...
What do you like to do when you're not at camp? Hang out with my cats Neuman and Bagheera, go on adventures, and try new things. This year I am working on cross country skiing and downhill skiing!
Name: Liz "Tundra" Nevills
Role at Camp: Director
Favorite Thing at Camp: The mountain, wildflowers, and hiking
Favorite Camp Song: Moon on the Meadow & Oh' Cheaster
If you could have one animal in my pocket, what would it be?: A pika because they are cute and hard workers. They are also very closely connected to the environment
Are Noodle People real?: YES! Was there ever really any question?
What do you like to do when you aren't at camp?: I love to take my kids out dog sledding with me on snow and with wheels and compete in the Idaho dog sled races.
Every day at camp is a new adventure, but a typical day in the life of a camp counselor looks like this:
7am: Wake campers up
9am-12pm: Morning activities
1pm: Rest hour
2pm-3pm: All camp swim
3-5pm: Afternoon activities
6:15-6:45pm: Evening activity prep
6:45-8pm: Evening activity
10pm: lights out
Every day at camp is a new adventure, but a day in the life of a day camp counselor looks like this:
8:00am- Arrive at camp and prep for the day.
8:15am- All staff meeting
8:30am- Campers start checking in
9:00am- Opening circle and announcements
9:15am-12:00pm- Morning activities
12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch and free play
1:00pm-2:45pm- Afternoon activities
2:45pm- Campers clean up and get ready to head home for the day
3:00pm- Camper pick up
3:30-3:45- Non-aftercare staff done for the day
3:00-5:00pm- Aftercare (staff will rotate through running aftercare each day as assigned by the Director)
5:15-5:30pm- Aftercare staff done for the day
Every staff member gets a 45-minute break during the day.
Staff are in charge of bringing their own sack lunch and snacks to camp every day. There is a microwave and stove/oven available at camp that staff can use to heat up their meals if necessary. Other than occasional staff appreciation gifts Camp Echo does not provide any food to staff members.