Camp Mendocino

make a real and lasting difference in the lives of young people!

Camp Mendocino is an outdoor education and environmental awareness program focused on the character and leadership development of kids from disadvantaged circumstances. For 85 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has been providing this creative, fun and supportive camping experience for youth ages 8 to 18. Our staff provides the love and encouragement kids need to realize their potential.

Camp Mendocino is an outdoor education and environmental awareness program located in a beautiful 2,000 acre redwood forest, three and half hours north of San Francisco California.

About Camp Mendocino

Camp Mendocino serves all youth, but we make sure that our Camp is especially accessible to youth from disadvantaged circumstances.  It's in our mission to ensure that we serve the youth who need us most.  As a staff member at Camp Mendocino, you'll have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of young people. Camp is in session from June 11th - August 6th.  Youth arrive at Camp in five 7 - 10 day sessions.  Each session numbers approximately 250 youth.  

At Camp, kids learn to respect themselves and others and are provided opportunities to learn, grow and succeed. As a staff member at Camp Mendocino, you create a safe and supportive environment where kids have the opportunity to build skills and confidence while participating in numerous fun activities.  We offer swimming, challenge course/climbing wall, mountain biking, dance and drama, art, nature, gardening, environmental education and more.  Campers leave Camp Mendocino having mastered new skills, overcome challenges, made new friends, improving self-esteem, and gaining an increased respect and understanding of nature. Most importantly, Camp Mendocino is a place where kids can be kids again!

The Employee Experience

At Camp Mendocino, we have one session exclusively for youth from Military families and 4 sessions that are open to everyone. We target kids from disadvantaged circumstances, low-income, living in foster care, living in group homes, or referred by social workers.

Camp Mendocino has zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol on Camp property.

Meals and lodging are provided

All counselors stay in open-air cabins. Staff and campers sleep in bunk beds and share bathroom and toilet stalls. There is limited electricity in the cabins, but electricity available throughout Camp. Support staff will share lodging and bathrooms with other support staff. 

Vegetarian options are available for campers and staff. We are a nut-free facility.

Meals and lodging are available during staff time off. There is also a staff lounge and many hiking trails available.

Ideal Candidate

Below is a list of attributes that our ideal candidates possess.

We want you to work at Camp Mendocino if you/are...

  • Passionate about helping youth
  • A great in-the-moment decision maker
  • Silly and spontaneous
  • Agree not to use drugs or alcohol at Camp
  • You put safety first
  • You want to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Go above and beyond
  • Confident in confrontation
  • You plan and think ahead
  • You value positive relationships with your co-workers
  • Your good with self-care
  • Hard worker
  • Good listener
  • Open to change
  • Can ask for help
  • Creative 
  • Detail oriented 
  • You can identify potential risks
  • You get involved
  • You advocate for self
  • You advocate for group/others
  • Calm in crisis
  • Handle stress 
  • Admit mistakes
  • Accept and ask for feedback
  • Fake it till you make it
  • Able to build appropriate mentor relationships with kids
  • Embrace diversity
  • Value integrity
  • You hold peers accountable
  • Have positive discipline skills
  • Committed and loyal
  • Can see the bigger picture
  • Do what needs to be done
  • Trust your team
  • Are reliable – follow through 
  • Willing to go out of your comfort zone
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • Take initiative

If you embody these traits then... Welcome to Camp!!!

Room and Board

All counselors stay in open-air cabins. Staff and campers sleep in bunk beds and share bathroom and toilet stalls. There is limited electricity in the cabins, but electricity available throughout Camp. Support staff will share lodging and bathrooms with other support staff.  Medical Staff stay in the infirmary living quarters.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We provide transportation by charter bus from San Francisco to Camp.  There is limited space for vehicles at Camp.  If you are interested in driving to Camp, you will first need to obtain permission from the Camp Director.

For Fun

Camp Mendocino is approximately 30 miles from the cities of Fort Bragg, and Willits California. Fort Bragg is on the west coast of California and has beautiful natural resources to visit. Many hiking trails, camping sites, local stores, and restaurants are available during days off. Camp is also approximately 4 hours from the city of San Francisco. Many cultural events and attractions are available in the city for staff participation. The majority of our staffing team is local to the San Francisco Bay area and are always willing to offer suggestions, or plan events/tourist attractions with international staff for time off during Camp, as well as after the Camp season is complete.

How to Apply

Apply online by clicking on the links provided above.  Or by visiting us at:  https://www.campmendocino.org/employment

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