Work at Camp
Just over 120 staff join us each summer to make the magic of camp come alive here at Speers. Our staff come from all over the world, the United States, and our backyard here in the Poconos. We are committed to hiring individuals who are young at heart, hardworking, and eager to learn. We believe in the power of a positive youth development experience and are looking for staff who will implement programs and build relationships with our campers to make that happen.
There are a variety of positions at Speers that work together to make the magic happen. On this page, you’ll find brief explanations of our available positions to help you better understand camp and the role you might take on this summer. If interested, please submit an application and we can talk further about your candidacy via a Zoom interview.
Benefits of working at Camp Speers:
- Live, play, and work in the great outdoors
- On-site training prior to camper arrival
- Gain valuable experience working with children & young adults
- Room & Board provided
- Learn & develop leadership skills
- Meet people from all over the world & create lifelong friendships
Seasonal Camp Directors
The Camp Director is responsible for the operation and management of the entire camp program (Traditional Overnight, Specialty Overnight, or Day Camp). They will oversee the staff, programming, and overall well-being of the campers and should be proficient in written and oral communication. Leadership and the guidance of young people is as crucial as customer service and parent/caregiver interaction. This seasonal position is a great stepping stone opportunity for young camp/recreation professionals.
Program Directors should have at least 3 summers of camp leadership experience and have completed an undergraduate degree.
Program Coordinators (aka Coordinators of FUN) are the brain of the entire camp program. They ensure that the schedules are correct and understood, they plan and implement all-camp activities, they help the Program Specialists and Counselors with facilitation of daily activities and general preparedness. Our Program Coordinators report to the Camp Director and support them in a variety of leadership and administrative tasks, as well.
Program Coordinators should have at least one summer of camp leadership experience.
Speers Unit Leaders supervise and oversee a unit of about 50 campers and 12-14 counselors. They are considered the first line of defense if a counselor is in need of assistance with a camper or situation. Unit Leaders also serve as the exemplary role when it comes to programming and spend much of their time leading activities and assisting counselors in the facilitation of traditional camp activities.
Unit Leaders should have at least three summers of camp counselor experience or equivalent.
Our counselors are the difference-makers here at Speers. From day one of camp until the very last hug good-bye, our camp counselors work to get to know their campers and have fun with them while ensuring they are physically, mentally, and socially safe. Living in a cabin and spending their days with campers, counselors will soon find that this is the hardest job that they will ever love. The same goes for our Day Camp counselors!
Counselors should be at least 18 years of age and prior experience working with children/young adults in any setting is preferred, but not required.
Program Specialists will spend their camp days facilitating programming and activities in one or two activity areas (listed below) and will serve all three of our camp programs. These dynamic individuals will plan, facilitate, and evaluate activities, lessons, and coaching periods, as well as contribute to the supervision and care in a cabin alongside counselors in the mornings and evenings. Prior experience in these areas is preferred, and we will provide on-site camp training where needed.
- Ropes/Climbing (ACCT certification provided)
- Lifeguard/Waterfront (Red Cross certification and recertification provided)
- Arts & Crafts
- Shooting Sports
ODAAs (Others Duties As Assigned)
Our ODAAs are the oil that keeps the camp machine running. These staff members will run the camp stores, sort and deliver mail, help with laundry, assist in the dining halls, and more. The perfect ODAA is someone who can take direction and work independently while keeping the big picture in mind.
Understanding camp is a MUST for this role! Prior experience at an overnight camp is preferred. ODAAs must be 21 years or older and will be expected to drive 15 passenger vans.
If you are interested in applying for summer 2023, please click the button below.