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The job of working at Camp Newaygo is a demanding and rewarding one. It requires a great deal of stamina, enthusiasm, interpersonal skill and patience. Staff members must be receptive to the campers and take very seriously the responsibility of nurturing these children in a safe and interactive environment. The staff’s number one priority needs to always be the campers in their care.

Camp Newaygo & our camper parents expect our staff members to be positive role models for our campers.

We strive to create a staff community with diverse perspectives and life experiences. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The basic job description for any Camp Newaygo position:

DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THAT THE CAMPERS HAVE A GREAT SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE.

APPLY HERE FOR 2022 COUNSELING & LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

APPLY HERE FOR CULINARY INTERN

LEARN ABOUT OUR INTERNATIONAL TRAINEE PROGRAM HERE

*After a successful summer camp season in 2020 & 2021 with NO suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are moving forward with planning for summer 2022. To find out more about our COVID-19 protocols HERE*

Steps to getting hired at Camp Newaygo:

  1. Complete application
  2. Have three references complete a reference check form
  3. Our staff will connect with you once we have application & references to schedule a 30 minute interview via ZOOM

Open Positions at Camp Newaygo:

Year-Round Assistant Director

  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t want to work and live at camp year-round

TO APPLY, EMAIL YOUR RESUME TO: jalisa@campnewaygo.org


Seasonal Summer Camp Counselor

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • June 1st – August 6th (option to extend to August 20th)
  • For All Girl’s Overnight Camp: Live in cabins/tents with campers ages 7-16
  • For Co-ed Day Camp: Live separate of campers ages 7-12
  • Lead camp activities & programs
  • 2 weeks of staff training, including Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • No previous camp or outdoor experience required
  • Counselors are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 before summer
  • $250 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love kids & the outdoors

APPLY HERE 


Seasonal Overnight Camp Counselor & Trip Lead

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • June 1st – August 6th (option to extend to August 20th)
  • Live in units with campers ages 13-16
  • Lead camp activities & programs including weekly wilderness trips
  • 2 weeks of staff training, including Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • Previous outdoor experience required in backpacking, tent camping, and paddling
  • Counselors are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 before summer
  • $275 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love sleeping on the ground, eating food cooked over a fire, being outdoors all day, and working with teen girls.

APPLY HERE 


Seasonal Summer Arts & Crafts Director

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Plan arts programs for overnight, day camp, and shoulder season groups
  • Facilitate arts programs including: ceramics, dark room photography, textiles, watercolor, pastels, and more!
  • 3 weeks of staff training, including Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • Counselors are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 before summer
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love art, kids, cleaning, and space organization

APPLY HERE


Seasonal Ropes Course  Director

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Oversee operations, safety, and programming of the high ropes course and zipline
  • Assist with wilderness trip pack-outs
  • Previous experience and certification preferred
  • 3 weeks of staff training, including Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • Encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 before summer
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t constantly consider safety, have great organization skills, and think well on your feet

APPLY HERE


Seasonal Summer Waterfront Director

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Facilitate waterfront programs including: swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, ,  and more!
  • Coordinate a manage a team of lifeguards and instructors for all activities
  • 3 weeks of staff training, including Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
  • Encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 before summer
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love kids, water, the outdoors, organization, and staff support.

APPLY HERE


Seasonal Health Officer

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Assist the Camp Nurse with physical and mental health needs of campers and staff
  • Assist with med call, paperwork, organization, and sanitization of the Health Office
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t have a passion for supporting mental, emotional, & social health needs of the camp community.

APPLY HERE


Seasonal Leader-In-Training Director

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Support the Leaders-In-Training by leading the Pictured Rocks Backpacking Trip, a week-long training, and LIT evaluation throughout the summer.
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love the camp counselor experience, and feel prepared to coach young leaders through what it takes to be a great camp counselor

APPLY HERE


Seasonal Tripping Director

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 1 – August 20th
  • Plan and execute the logistics of the camp wilderness tripping program including schedules, transportation, equipment, and menus.
  • Support camp counselors in the trip leading experience so that campers experience a safe & empowering wilderness trip.
  • $300 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love logistics, problem solving, teaching wilderness skills, and organization.

APPLY HERE


 

Seasonal Culinary Intern

  • Must be 18 or older and have graduated high school.
  • May 23rd – August 20th
  • Assist the Chef Team in preparing, scooping, panning, knife work, etc.
  • Assist with special events catering as directed by the Chef Team for events such as weddings, corporate retreats etc.
  • $250 per week, room & board provided
  • Don’t take this job if: you don’t love cooking, learning new skills, and being part of a hard-working team

APPLY HERE


“I grew up going to Camp Newaygo and made some of my fondest memories along its trails. Camp Newaygo is a place where young women are given the opportunity learn from and love the outdoors, to grow into confident, strong, warm, and driven young adults, and to experience summer camp in all of its fun-filled glory. I still look back on my years at camp with a happy and grateful heart. Thank you, Camp Newaygo!” – Emily Reichard


 

“The expectations of a woman in the “real world” are substantially different than those at camp. After eight glorious summers at Camp Newaygo I have formed my own expectations of woman both in the “real world” and at camp. Early on, I was taught that beauty was mascara, shoes and expensive clothing. Not until I was welcomed into the world of camp did I realize these values did not hold true for many women, certainly not me. At Newaygo the sunscreen with the highest SPF holds the equivalence of the most expensive foundation in the “real world”. Bug spray is our perfume, our freckles act as concealer, friendship bracelets as our diamonds and the paint on our hands from the marshmallow paint war the day before is better than any nail polish. Our sun kissed skin and mosquito bites tell stories of the beauty that we all have on the inside, rather than the beauty that society expects us to grasp. Now, I have realized that being a woman is ultimately about being beautiful as you see it, not how the status quo does.” – Karol Kane, Camper, LIT, Counselor