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Work at Friends Camp 2021-01-06T23:02:05+00:00

Ready for the best summer of your life? Apply today!

Camp jobs are exciting, fulfilling, challenging, fun, and inspiring. For our ten week summer season, we look to hire about thirty people. One-third to one-half of our staff are returning staff each year. Please feel free to ask questions about working at Friends Camp at any time– you can reach Anna, Friends Camp Director, at (207) 877-4302 or by email at Director@FriendsCamp.org. To apply to camp, you will need to fill out an online application that will take you an hour or two. If you’re not ready to do the full application, but you’d like to learn a little more and connect with no pressure, fill out this Google form and we’ll be in touch! 

If you would like to apply to be a counselor-in-training (also called Rising Leaders), please visit this page on our website.

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 Committee 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 Quaker values. Most essentially, we ask that our staff commit to seeing the goodness (or Light) in every person.

  • 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.

Qualifications

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.

2021 Positions

Counselors/Activity Leaders (minimum age 19)

Many counselors are also lifeguards. Counselors lead programs according to their own interests and talents. Counselors form the heart and soul of each camper’s experience at Friends Camp, so we look to hire positive role models who enjoy being with children and teenagers. Counselors also need to be highly creative and contribute to all programs, regardless of their specialty. To apply, you must be 19 or older by the summer months, although occasional exceptions can be made. We also prefer staff members who have lived away from home for at least a year or who have otherwise demonstrated their independence. Other ways to demonstrate independence include regular employment and outstanding references.

Kitchen and Maintenance Support Staff (minimum age 19)

Kitchen support staff help the cooks as well as the maintenance director at camp. At Friends Camp, these support people are known as “Super People.” It is helpful if you have experience driving and a driver’s license, and you are over the age of 21. Super People at Friends Camp also help out by supervising campers for an hour or so every day and deliver snacks (making you a favorite among campers!)

Assistant Directors (minimum age 21)

For 2021, we are looking to hire two new assistant directors to help lead the summer staff. These seasonal positions will run for four months, May – August. Work will be on-site from mid-May through the end of the summer. Assistant Directors will serve as resources for camp counselors and youth, coordinate some activities, and will help shape the camp community in 2021. The ideal candidates will have experience in camp leadership and with Quaker communities. Interested candidates should send a resume and a cover letter expressing interest in the position by January 22, 2021.

Office Manager (minimum age 21)

We are seeking a seasonal office manager for 2021. The ideal candidate will live and work at camp as a central hub of our camp organization and communications. This person will answer the phone, respond to emails, coordinate arrival day procedures and forms, process mail, organize paperwork, and generally keep camp running. If you are eager to work at camp but appreciate a little more personal space or love organization, this might be the right position for you!

Nurse/ EMT

Friends Camp has wonderful returning nurse who leads our camp health staff. For 2021, we are seeking an addition RN or EMT to support her in administering medication, responding to health emergencies, and generally keeping camp safe.

How do I apply?

Please fill out this application to get started, and then we will contact you. For candidates whose experience and background fits our needs, next steps will include a brief written application, an interview, references, and a background check. Contact Anna at director@friendscamp.org with questions at any time.

Staff Orientation

The two-week staff orientation is an important training, learning, and bonding time 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, develop the programs, practice safety procedures at camp, and review policies. If you plan to apply to work at Friends Camp this summer, please be available for the full ten weeks.  THIS SUMMER All OF THE COUNSELORS AND STAFF WILL STARTING WORKING ON JUNE 11, 2021 and WILL END WORK AT CAMP ON AUGUST 21, 2021 at NOON.