Boys & Girls Clubs Gates Camp
Where Kids Come to be Kids!
Our goal at Gates Camp is simple: we want to provide a quality, fun, and safe camp experience for kids who otherwise would not have this opportunity.
Gates Camp provides members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver a chance to get away from inner-city life and escape to the majestic mountains of Colorado. Campers (ages 8 to 13) challenge themselves, connect with nature, build new friendships, and spend five days "just being a kid." The often challenging, but fulfilling work provides the summer experience of a lifetime for our camp staff and youth alike! We are currently hiring for the summer of 2015.
To apply, email cover letter, resume, and three professional references. (see email link below.) Click the link to our homepage for more information. Counselors teach youth about nature, rock climbing, leadership, teamwork on ropes courses, how to fish, the joy of hiking, camping out under the stars, archery, how to have fun and make new friends among many other summer camp necessities, such as making the perfect s’more and confidence to do silly skits in front of the whole camp!
- Assistant Director
- Head Counselors
- Camp Counselors
- Head Cook
- Assistant Cook
- Camp Health Care Provider (must have wilderness EMT or Wilderness First Responder)
Room and Board
Room and board are provided for all staff. Housing consists of a shared, gender-specific bunk space in one of our authentic 1920s log cabins.
As far as board goes, three meals and a snack are provided each day, for which there is no charge. They are part of the job, as staff eats with the campers during family-style meals throughout the week. Food is also available to staff on weekends, and on Sunday evenings we gather to celebrate the previous week’s success and plan for the upcoming week during our staff community building dinners.
We offer a competitive salary based on experience and position, in addition to providing room and board for all staff. Other benefits include spending the summer in a pristine area of Colorado, ongoing staff/professional development, and countless other intangibles.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Once you join our staff, we will work with you in processing your employee paperwork and finalizing your travel plans regarding arrival to camp. For those individuals flying in from out-of-town, reservations should be made to fly into Denver. From DIA, you can arrange to be picked up either at the airport or in the city of Boulder, should you decide to utilize the RTD bus system. For those individuals with access to a personal vehicle for the summer, it is recommended that you bring it for use on the weekends. Carpooling is the chief mode of transportation for staff on the weekends, since the closest major town is 20 miles away.
Gates Camp is located at approximately 9,000’, adjacent to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and within a 30-minute drive of Rocky Mountain National Park. So, if the fun and excitement of being a camp counselor during the week isn’t enough for you, the weekends are yours to explore the endless opportunities that exist nearby. For staff members that choose to stay in the mountains, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventures are at your fingertips. For staffers whose interests are found more within city limits, the city of Boulder is within 45 minutes, while Denver is just an hour and half from camp property.
How to Apply
As you consider applying, please know that we are looking for staff members who are willing to give all they've got…and then some. This includes a commitment for a total of 10 weeks (which is inclusive of 10 days of training, 8 weeks of summer camp, and a few days of reflection and clean up after the final day with campers). Staff training begins in the final week of May, and camp ends in early August 2016.
Please learn more about us on our website. To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references.