Camp Thunderbird

Experience Camaraderie, Community and Friendship

If you're ready to work hard and have the summer of your life, then Thunderbird may be for you.  Check us out and see why a summer at Thunderbird may change your life. 

In the Minnesota Northwoods on beautiful Lake Plantagenet; Bemidji - NW Minnesota

About Camp Thunderbird

Campers and staff come from all over the United States and 12 countries across the world. Whether you are with us for one season, or twenty, the friends that you make at Thunderbird are the ones you can call on a moments notice and pick up right where you left off! Our brother/sister camps operate independently from one another, but allow the opportunity for a co-ed social experience during time off.

The Employee Experience

If you're ready to make connections with other college age+ staff and have the summer of your life, then Thunderbird is the community for you. Who knows, maybe you will become one of those people who find work for nine months so they can return to Thunderbird for three!

Ideal Candidate

Think you have what it takes to be a camp counselor at Thunderbird? Our staff members are high-energy, fun, nurturing and compassionate. They care about kids and love to have fun and be silly. A camp job is challenging (think 14 hour days 6 days a week), but our staff are ready to work hard to meet those challenges. They're also great role models; counselors are often like superheroes in their campers' eyes. Most of all, our staff are focused on ensuring that their campers have an amazing and memorable camp experience.

Room and Board

All staff live in comfortable, spacious cabins. Cabin Counselors and Trip Leaders live in cabins with 6-10 campers, but enjoy a separate living space.  All of our cabins have electricity. At Boys Camp, each village has a central washhouse. At Girls Camp, in addition to the village shower house, each cabin has its own bathroom. Staff without cabin responsibilities live in communal buildings in either individual or shared rooms, bathrooms and showers.

Employee Perks

We believe that our staff work hard and therefore should have the time to relax. All staff receive each week: one 7am-7am day off, one 5pm-7am evening off and one 10pm-12am evening out.  In addition, there are opportunities to participate in many of the activities that we offer to campers. And, if you are coming to summer camp and to make meaningful connections with your peers and our campers and fully experience a camp community, we offer all of that as well! 

Getting Here and Getting Around

We offer a shuttle to and from the Minneapolis airport on designated travel days. Or, you are welcome to drive to Bemidji, it is four hours north of Minneapolis.  

Once at camp, we offer shuttles on days and nights off to those staff who need a ride.

For Fun

At Thunderbird, we believe that staff work hard and need to play hard to stay fresh and engaged. We offer other times of the day when staff can take a break and check in with friends and family, go for a run or sit and read a book. In addition, we offer cross-fit classes, yoga, dodge-ball games, game nights, water fights and other super fun ways to hang out with your peers.

Our Jobs

Cabin Counselors to instruct in: arts and crafts, blacksmithing canoeing, climbing wall, fishing, gymnastics, horseback riding, land sports, music, paddle boarding, photography, sailing, swim, tennis, windsurfing and waterskiing.

Activity Leaders: Arts and Crafts, Climbing Instructors, Pottery Director, Western and English Riding Instructors, Sailing Director and Swim Director.

Wilderness Trip Staff (Staff live and work with groups for our entire season)

Multi-week Adventure Programs:

  • 5 Week Pacific Northwest 
  • 5 Week Western States and Canada 
  • 4 Week New England Hiking and Sea Kayaking 
  • 3 Week Bloodvein River Canoe Trip/ 3-day white water school/ 7-day Boundary Waters 
  • 2 Week Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin 

(WFR and WFA certification available)

Counselors to lead:

  • Backpack, Canoe, Bike Trip Staff for multi-day trips (Open Hiring-we run over 100 trips)

How to Apply

A bit more about our dates:

June 1-June 8: Pre-season work available. We also offer Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder during this time.

June 8-August 9: Camp Season for all

August 9-August 15: Post-season work available. Join us for a week of family camp.  Thunderbird runs like a resort and you work a short day and have a chance to participate in camp activities.

Follow the Links below to apply online!