Come work at Camp Merrie-Woode!
You can make a difference. You can be a leader. You can inspire those around you. You can be a mentor. You can have the summer of your life and you can give a young girl the summer of her life. Come be a Merrie-Woode counselor!
Our staff is what makes Merrie-Woode such an amazing place. Each summer, a group of dedicated and remarkable young women and men come to provide an extraordinary experience for our campers. We hire staff members with a specific activity specialty in mind. Counselors teach within their activity area for four periods a day. For a full list of our offered activities, look here. Most staff members also work as cabin counselors while living in a cabin with campers. Some activity leaders, trip leaders, and all male staff members live in separate staff housing. Merrie-Woode counselors are enthusiastic and committed to young people. We are looking for committed instructors, caring role models, and passionate leaders.
Do you believe you have what it takes? Apply today!
We are thrilled that you are interested in joining us at Camp Merrie-Woode this summer! Please complete the online application. Be sure to enter all required fields.
We begin interviewing Counselor Assistants in early October and full Counselors in late January. All application materials must be submitted before we can grant an interview. Counselor Assistants must be at least 17 years of age and graduated from high school by the summer. Counselors must be at least 18 years of age and have completed their first year of college by the summer.
The Merrie-Woode Foundation, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Summer Camp Internships
Did you know you can get school credit for working at summer camp? We offer internships for staff members who are interested. All internships are paid counselor positions. Talk to your school to find out about their criteria and requirements. Once you have been hired at Merrie-Woode, we will be happy to assist you with the necessary paperwork from your university. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about securing an internship.
Dates and Benefits
Activity Specific Orientation: May 17 – May 27, 2017
(We will let you know if you need to attend any of these sessions.)
General Staff Orientation: May 28 – June 1, 2017
June Session: June 2 – June 22, 2017
Main Session Mini-Orientation: June 23, 2017
Main Session: June 24 – July 28, 2017
August Session Mini-Orientation: July 29, 2017
August Session: July 30 – August 9, 2017
Counselor salaries start at $2,500 for the summer season (based on 10 weeks at $250 per week), and weekly salaries can increase depending on qualifications, certifications, and experience. Room, board, and laundry service is provided. Specific workshops and training courses are available for particular activity areas.
We are looking for applicants who are prepared to:
Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
Participate in and supervise special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and functions.
Physical aspects of the job:
Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
Some physical requirements of a counselor could be endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs; willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.