The primary responsibility of Gold Arrow Camp counselors is the care and safety of all campers. We are looking for counselors who are positive role models, who enjoy working with kids and being outdoors, who genuinely want to invest in the lives of young people and commit to their growth, happiness, and friendship.
Counselors* live in a rustic cabin or large tent with 8-10 campers and at least one other counselor in the cabin. There will be a lack of privacy some people aren’t used to, but you will have your own bed and area to store your personal items. In addition to a lack of personal privacy, this job is also 24/7 and hard work. There are other summer jobs that will be less demanding and maybe even offer a higher pay. You have to ask yourself why you want to be a camp counselor – if that is to have a fun, easy job this summer, you want to rethink what you consider easy and fun.
We do structured activities at Gold Arrow Camp, which means that campers go to activities in the morning and afternoon with their cabin groups. We’ve found that campers, when faced with a challenging activity, are more likely to push themselves if they’re around people they know and trust who are going to encourage them. In each activity, our main focus is always on the camper – while we do offer a wide range of fun, challenging activities, the primary goal of each activity is the growth and development of our campers. While waterskiing is a fun activity, it’s about the life lessons they’re learning – failure hurts, attitude is everything, growth and accomplishment takes work.
There are two types of counselor positions at Gold Arrow Camp, a Group Counselor and an Activity Counselor.
The Group Counselor (GC) is responsible for building relationships with each individual camper, facilitating and managing friendships in the cabin group, resolving conflicts, caring for the needs of
each camper, and fostering growth. GCs go to activities with campers and, while on activity, they are participating alongside campers, sometimes even trying new things for the first time themselves.
The Activity Counselor (AC) position is responsible for instructing specific activities. Cabin groups
arrive at program areas where they will be assigned to specific instructors for each activity. As an AC, you are assigned to a specific area in camp: Waterfront, Sailing, Rock Climbing and Ropes Course, Target Sports, GACting, Arts and Crafts, Horses* and Backpacking*. ACs are assigned to a specific program area and will be trained on all activities within that program area.
*Backpacking Instructors and Wranglers live in separate tents.
Activity Counselors have skills in one of the following:
Arts & Crafts
GACting and Drama
|* Paddleboarding (SUP)
Rock Climbing/Ropes Course
All counselors must have a valid CPR certification before arriving at camp
*Lifeguard certification required for instructors of waterfront activities
☤ Boat driving experience required
▲ Wilderness First Aid certification required
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- Excellent role model for children. High moral standards, including no alcohol, drugs, smoking, or inappropriate language. Outstanding character and integrity.
- Neat and professional appearance: No tattoos, body piercings, earrings on men, unconventional hair color or style.
- Desire, commitment, and ability to work with young people.
- Enthusiasm for the outdoors and the program Gold Arrow Camp offers.
- Compatibility with camp philosophy and mission.
- Leadership and supervision skills.
- Concern for safety and well-being of others.
- Positive attitude and outlook.
- Ability to communicate and work with children ages 6-14 and provide necessary instruction.
- Ability to seek and accept supervision and guidance.
- Accepting of diversity in religions, ethnicity, culture, and race. Able to treat all campers and staff fairly.
- Willing to take alcohol and/or drug tests on request of employer.
- Agree to a criminal background check.
- Must possess strength and endurance required (at 7000 feet altitude) to maintain constant supervision of campers.
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques as trained by camp.
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities. Able to assist campers in an emergency (Fire, evacuation, illness, or injury). Able to follow, observe, and enforce all camp safety regulations.
Counselors who succeed and are happy at Gold Arrow Camp are
- Fun-loving people who are committed to creating a safe, healthy, and fun experience for children.
- Non-complainers who actively seek solutions rather than dwelling in problems.
- High-energy, enthusiastic team players.
- Honest people who can follow simple, clear rules and expectations.
- Positive people who can help children through times of homesickness, nervousness, and doubt.
- People who are able to put the needs of others ahead of their own.
- People who can build up a sense of confidence in others.
- People who hold strong, clear values and who can communicate those values to others.
- People who make healthy choices about self-care and relationships.
- People who have a desire to help others learn to be their best selves.