Staff training runs June 6-19, 2021. Camp starts June 20 and ends August 7. You're also welcome to help us open camp (either May 19-June 5, or May 27-June 5) or close camp (August 8-14), for additional pay of course!
Deer Crossing attracts staff with a love for wilderness living and a desire to provide youth with opportunities to learn and grow in an atmosphere of adventure and fun. Because of our focus on skill development, we don't hire counselors; we hire Instructors with counselor abilities. We look for experienced instructors in our core activities—rock-climbing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and arts-and-crafts. "Experienced" typically means at least 100 hours in your primary activity and the ability to teach from beginner to advanced levels.
In the counselor role, you will teach map and compass skills and lead backpacking out-trips, lifeguard open beach, supervise volleyball games or fishing excursions, oversee daily activity board sign-ups, head dining room tables, conduct morning tent checks, and more. In our small camp environment, all staff also help with camp chores and maintenance.
Instructional staff must have strong swimming skills, and if not already certified lifeguards, must be capable of being certified during staff training. Backpacking experience a major plus. Skills in guitar, archery, and other activities also a plus. We look for staff who are outgoing and friendly, high energy, adventurous, helpful, caring and thoughtful, willing to help with camp chores and maintenance, and capable of following the rules of our wilderness facility.
Dates: 6/6/21-8/7/21. We seek one cook with experience cooking for 50-80 people. The other cook has been hired and has cooked at Deer Crossing before.
We hire two cooks each year. They should be at least 20 years old and have experience cooking a variety of foods for large groups. They prepare 3 delicious meals a day (2 on Sundays) that are served family style. Our pre-planned menu accommodates vegetarian as well as lactose- and gluten-intolerant diners. The cooks place weekly food orders, which are delivered to the lake, ferried to camp by boat, and then hauled to the lodge with the help of campers and staff. Our wilderness location sometimes requires cooks to be creative when the wrong food item is delivered or an oven goes on strike. Each day, the cooks monitor water quality and refrigeration temperatures. They supervise and assist in packing food for out-trips and are responsible for cleaning and care of the kitchen and food storage, equipment, and supplies. (Dishwashing is done by campers and staff.) Our indoor kitchen has stainless steel counters and an 8-burner, 2-oven gas stove; no electrical appliances. Cooks must be capable of passing the California Food Safety test. Experience with generators is a plus.
Cooks are part of the Deer Crossing family, eating with and sleeping among the rest of camp. When you're not working, you may participate in all camp activities. Past cooks have learned to swim, windsurf, and rock-climb, and led volleyball games.
Pay is $4,680 for 9 weeks of staff training and camp (based on $13.00/hour minimum wage). Cooks work a 40-hour week across 6 days each week. All staff receive one 24-hour day off each week.
Dates: 6/6/21-8/7/21. WFR certification good through 8/14/21 gets you another $300. Course completion or certification in kayaking adds $100.
Instructors teach beginning to advanced classes in kayaking. Teaching is done on Loon Lake in decked boats. We look for 100+ hours of experience kayaking in decked boats, preferably in whitewater, and the ability to do multiple consecutive Eskimo rolls. If not already lifeguard certified, you must be capable of being certified during Staff Training.
Dates: 6/6/21-8/7/21. WFR certification good through 8/14/21 gets you another $300. Course completion or certification in canoeing earns $100.
At Deer Crossing, every first-time camper takes canoeing classes where they learn proper seating, captain and first mate responsibilities, multiple strokes, canoe rescues, and deep-water resuscitation. Canoe Instructors may also lead canoe-camping trips around the lake. We look for 100+ hours of experience canoeing, including single- and double-down rescue ability. If not already lifeguard certified, you must be capable of being certified during Staff Training.
Dates: 6/6/21-8/7/21. WFR certification good through 8/14/21 gets you another $300. Course completion or certification in windsurfing earns $100.
Windsurfing Instructors teach campers how to windsurf using a proven curriculum that starts on a land-based sail simulator board. We look for 100+ hours of experience in windsurfing, including full knowledge of equipment use and care. Ability to do tricks is a major plus. If not already lifeguard certified, you must be capable of being certified during Staff Training.
Dates: 6/6/21-8/7/21. WFR certification good through 8/14/21 gets you another $300. Course completion or certification in rock-climbing earns $100.
Rock-Climbing Instructors must have a solid, advanced-level foundation--represented by 100+ hours of experience in:
- Setting top-rope protection without bolts already being in place
- Setting cams, nuts, chocks, doing wraps on boulder/trees, etc
- Setting up self-equalizing anchor systems, such as cordelettes
- Belaying on real rock
- Lead climbing and/or cleaning wall after lead climber
- Rock rescue
- Climbing at 5.7+ on Yosemite rating system
Rock Instructors may also have the opportunity to learn to teach technical tree-climbing. At our small camp on the shores of Loon Lake, all instructional staff must be capable of being certified as a lifeguard during Staff Training, if not already certified.
How to Apply
Submit an online application. We may ask for more details on your activity background. We may schedule an interview. And we'll go from there.