We are no longer hiring for Summer 2021 at Friends Camp. We encourage you to apply next year! The staff application will go live in November, 2021 for the summer of 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions at any time.
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.