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Work at Friends Camp 2017-05-21T22:58:38+00:00

Consider Spending Your 2017 Summer Working at Friends Camp!

We will begin reviewing applications in January 2017.


During the nine week summer season, we look to hire about twenty-five people. One-third to one-half of our staff are returning staff each year.

2017 Positions

Counselors/Activity Leaders (minimum age 19)
Many counselors are also lifeguards and drivers. Counselors lead programs according to their own interests and talents.

Waterfront Director and Watercraft Director (minimum age 21)

Watercraft and waterfront directors also work as counselors and have special responsibility over the waterfront area of camp.

Nurse – Part time (Maine RN and at least two years of experience
The camp nurse for Friends Camp works up to 32 hours per week with free camp housing and meals. The nurse muse be open to some weekend work and to flexible hours.

Health Hut Staff 
Health Hut Staff also act as counselors and gain valuable experience serving alongside the camp nurse in providing medical care to campers. Friends Camp can pay for Wilderness First Aid training for Health Hut Staff.

Kitchen and Maintenance Support Staff (minimum age 21)
Kitchen support staff help the cooks as well as the maintenance director at camp. At Friends Camp, these support people are known as “Superman” or “Superwoman.” It is helpful if you have experience driving and a driver’s license.

Head Cook and Assistant Cook
Friends Camp is looking to hire an experienced head cook who is interested in working for Friends Camp for several summers.  We can offer a competitive salary and a nice two bedroom waterfront cottage for you (and for your family) to use during the ten week summer from mid June to mid August.


A Little Bit about Friends Camp

Friends Camp is a small Quaker (Friends) youth camp located on China Lake in South China, Maine. The focus, polices, annual budget, and program direction of the camp are under the care of a Friends Camp Board that is appointed by the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.  Friends Camp staff members and youth campers come from diverse religious, geographic, racial, and economic backgrounds. Because of our diverse camper population. Friends Camp makes a special effort to hire counselors and staff of color.  While it is not a requirement for counselor or staff member to be a Quaker, we do ask all staff to be comfortable with Quakerism and with the five Quaker values that are the foundation for the programming and the activities at Friends Camp:

  • At Friends Camp, we practice the Quaker values of community, equality, integrity, peace, & simplicity.
  • We are a youth camp with a unique atmosphere of tolerance and love where special friendships develop.
  • All members of our camp community try to see the Light of God in everyone.
  • Our interesting, creative, non-competitive, and fun activities help young people grow into healthy and responsible  adults.
  • We seek socio-economic diversity by providing affordable tuition and camperships.

It is not our practice at Friends Camp to preach Quakerism, but to live the principles that represent the Quakerism.

Who should apply?
Counselors should be at least 19 years old and have completed one year of college or they should have experienced a year away from home and family. We look for young adults with a variety of skills and talents. Each counselor should be willing to teach and learn from other counselors. Counselors also need to be highly creative and contribute to all programs, regardless of their specialty.

How do I apply?
Please use the CampMinder on-line application and complete on-line links for three references. Please, no peer or relative references. If you are qualified, the Director will interview you by phone/Skype or in person. If you have any questions about the application process or about Friends Camp, please feel free to contact the director at 207-445-2361 or

We need people who can be fully committed to the responsibilities of the job of being a camp counselor or staff member. Honesty, maturity, skills and creativity are high on our list for young adults we are looking to hire. Being a counselor or staff member can be difficult or exhausting at times, but (in our opinion) it is the most rewarding and important summer job you could have.

Staff Orientation (June 17 to June 24, 2017)
The orientation is an important training and sharing week for the counselors and staff. It is week for us to start to build our camp staff family, to learn about Friends Camp programming, to learn about the needs of the campers, and to prepare the program areas. We will also share skills, learn from one another, develop the programs, and review policies. We general offer an optional one-day First Aid/CPR class on the third Friday in June. Most summers this training week will starts at 9:30 AM noon on the third Saturday in June.  If you are hired to work at Friends Camp, please plan on working for the full nine weeks.   THIS SUMMER All OF THE COUNSELORS AND STAFF WILL STARTING WORKING ON JUNE 17, 2017 and WILL END WORK AT CAMP ON AUGUST 20, 2017 at NOON.  Program Leaders, Lifeguards and Watercraft Staff will show up at camp sometime during afternoon of June 15th for training sessions on the 16th of June. 


2016 Summer Staff