Camp Counselor
Camp Voyageur

Camp Voyageur, Gateway to the Boundary Waters

Canoe, Camp, Sports on the Edge of the Boundary Waters

Wooded peninsula adjacent to the Boundary Waters

  • summer

Camp Counselor

Camp Voyageur
Ely, Minnesota
$1,400.00 / month
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 2 months. (May 24, 2023)

Do you want a meaningful job this summer? While your friends grind away in the city, imagine a fulfilling summer of personal growth and adventure while mentoring boys in the Great Northwoods.  Spend your summer exploring the Boundary Waters! Counselors are the worker bees who live, work, eat, and play with campers all summer long.

Typically two male college-age counselors share a cabin with 5-7 boys, supervise in-camp sports, assist evening programs, and guide wilderness trips. Counselors will spend about 40% of their time on wilderness trips and 60% of their time at Voyageur base camp.  Counseling demands patience and understanding. If you work hard, like leading kids, and wish to explore the Boundary Waters, then this is the job for YOU!

The dates for this position are May 24th to August 15th, 2023.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage risks in camp and on trips.
  • Help with cabin cleanliness and organization, watch over cabin mates like a mother hen, help your campers adjust to life away from home, and more.
  • Lead camp sports and activities, as well as Lifeguarding over aquatics and swimming.
  • Lend your talents and interests to lead specific program activities like arts and crafts, aquatics, fitness, sailing, archery, video documentation, and more.
  • Lead wilderness canoeing, hiking, and/or kayaking trips for boys age 10-18.

Required Qualifications

  • Interested in being a positive role model and making a positive impact on kids’ lives.
  • Love of nature, wild places, and working with children.
  • Commitment to being screen-free while on duty.
  • Hard-working with a good attitude, high energy, and ability to demonstrate sound judgment, patience, and understanding at all times.
  • Ability to lift heavy packs and canoes up to 80 lbs.
  • Current WFA (we provide) and Lifeguarding certifications (obtain prior to arrival). Incentives are available to cover the cost.
  • Attend two weeks of paid staff training beginning May 25th.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with kids or in outdoor education.
  • Possess specialties in coaching, teaching, fishing, sailing, photography, media publication, arts and crafts, or other related fields.


  • $1400+ monthly stipend dependent on experience.
  • $1000+ incentives for certifications, early sign-on, travel, and exceptional work.
  • Room and board.
  • Use of gear and camp facilities during days off.
  • Opportunity to spend 30+ days in the vast wilderness of the Superior-Quetico region in North America.
  • Academic internships are available.

How to Apply