Join Our Team!
Are you wild about nature? Do you love working with children, youth, and adults?
Then come join us for a day, a week, or the whole summer!
Camp Forest has several positions available throughout the summer months. Click a Tab Name to view a brief description. For more information or to discuss your interests, please call us: (207) 930-8012.
Counselors work under the guidance of the Senior Counselor. Counselors are responsible for an assigned group of children with a ratio of one counselor/junior counselor for every eight children.
Counselors have a great deal of responsibility and are expected to practice good stewardship at all times. It is expected that counselors come to us with some experience in wilderness skills and camp leadership.
Read the full Counselor Job Description below.
Young people ages 16-17 can apply for a Counselor in Training (CIT) or Junior Counselor position. As a Junior Counselor, you are assigned 2-3 younger campers to assist and guide through skills acquisition. You will also participate in all group camp activities. As an active participant, you will learn wilderness survival skills, leadership skills, and gain a work reference. You are not compensated for your assistance but you do not pay for the camping experience. To qualify to be a CIT or Junior Counselor, you must have attended Camp Forest for at least two summers as a camper.
Camp Forest Institute in conjunction with Stone’s Guiding creates individualized apprenticeship and internship opportunities. Program fees are calculated individually. To apply for an internship position, please complete the Employment application.
Camp Forest enjoys the assistance of volunteers. Come join us this summer. Volunteers can work at Camp with the children, help with before and after care, work on trail maintenance, or assist in the office. To become a Volunteer, please complete the Employment application.
Counselor Job Description
POSITION: Camp Counselor or INTERN Counselor
- Understanding of and desire to work with children
- Enjoy working outdoors
- Possess or be willing to learn wilderness skills
- Possess or be willing to learn Leadership skills
- Ability to accept supervision
- Strong, honest, person of integrity
- Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control
- Good communication skills with both children and adults
- 18 years of age or older
- Good physical condition
- Knowledge of positive discipline, or coyote teaching
- Red Cross First Aid certification
- Wilderness First Aid
- Red Cross Senior Life Saving
- Wilderness Skills Certification
- Wilderness First Responder
- Lifeguarding Certification
EDUCATION: Minimum of a high school diploma
- Be at Camp Forest by 9 am until 4:30 pm Monday – Friday
- Work with the Director and Senior counselor to plan and carry out the activities at Camp Forest
- Learn why each camper came to Camp Forest
- Plan an individualized program for each camper
- Maintain awareness of interpersonal camper relationships and be prepared to demonstrate positive problem solving
- Work together and flexibly with counselors and campers to plan daily activities
- Assume total responsibility for the health and safety of each camper
- Follow established procedures for enforcing all safety regulations
- Play an active role in all camp activities
- Set a good example for campers and others including patience, tolerance, cleanliness, punctuality, sharing chores, and sportsmanship
- Demonstrate and encourage responsibility and respect for personal property, camp equipment and facilities, forest, and all living things.
- Maintain good public relations with campers’ parents
- Promote a positive image of Camp Forest
REPORTS TO: Senior Counselor and Camp Director