Love working with kids and the outdoors? Join our team!
Be Creative • Be Outdoors • Be Yourself
Become part of a decades long community tradition that allows children to be themselves while gaining skills in a wide range of artistic pursuits and dynamic outdoor pursuits.
On 350 acres near the Maine coast
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About Hidden Valley Camp
Hidden Valley Camp has a long progressive tradition, creating an enlivening community of adults and children and providing distinctive programming in the arts and outdoors. Located in coastal Maine, our co-ed summer sleep away camp features distinctive programs for girls & boys ages 8 to 14.
Working at summer camp is much more than a fun summer job. You will build a wealth of skills that will benefit you in almost any job situation and throughout your life. You'll gain communication and conflict resolution skills while becoming more knowledgeable about working with children and working in a team environment. You'll also learn effective teaching methods that will benefit you when the need arises to instruct anyone, adults and children alike.
COVID-19 and Camp in 2021
2021 at HVC…
Will require extra effort and will be THE BEST SUMMER EVER!
We're all excited to finally be together again at Hidden Valley, its open spaces, connections with peers, the sense that our efforts will have a lasting impact on the campers, the creative opportunities and outdoor challenges…
And, we'll be asked to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Over the past months a health plan has evolved here as we consult with medical personnel and health authorities. You'll want to know the following...
Outdoors! We will have a few large "event tents" placed around camp, and m to shift many meals and activities outside.
Testing: Campers and staff will bring test results to camp and be tested after arrival.
Masks will be required in most indoor spaces other than living quarters.
Set up an initial system of limited quarantine and social distancing for staff until testing provides more info about our health.
Time off, if spent away from camp, naturally puts the entire camp community at risk. So, we have made plans to do the following:
- Open up nearby camp-owned property for off-time use.
- Expand broadband in camp by a factor of 12.
- Make improvements at the staff cabin.
- Schedule camp-sponsored trips to the coast and shopping opportunities, etc.
- Plan for some "surprises" like a food truck visiting off-duty staff now and then.
Vaccines. We all await more information in this regard. To the extent that adults at camp are vaccinated, this limited "herd immunity" will support the health of the larger community. If you can get vaccinated, go for it! In reality, though, only a small percentage of us will be vaccinated and so the above precautions will be critical to our health and success this summer.
If the past year has taught us anything it is that in the face of challenges, we have all proven to be resilient and adaptable. We look forward to a summer where our community rises to the occasion and succeeds on behalf of children who desperately need the independent outdoor time that HVC provides.
The Employee Experience
Make friends, connect with young people in a professional environment with a deep history of progressive summer camping, hone your teaching skills and explore Maine!
Hidden Valley Staff describes the meaningful professional summer experiences they've had during a summer at camp:
"This summer has been fun and deliciously paradoxical. I've been brought back to my own childhood and yet this summer's experiences make me feel older, wiser... better equipped for life."
"I became better at taking charge of solving problems and looking to myself for answers rather than relying on other people"
"I feel like I grew as a teacher and counselor. I think that my skills in counseling grew tremendously as a result of working with young people."
"Your compassion and patience with your employees and campers is something I remember every day."
"I loved working in such a caring, educational, lively environment for both staff and campers."
Successful staff at Hidden Valley Camp:
- Bring a great work ethic
- Value immersion in a children's world 24/7
- "Initiative" is their middle name
- Self-awareness" is their other middle name
- Understand how to balance fun and structure
- Can define the word "professionalism" in their sleep
- Possess a creative, independent spirit
Room and Board
Camp Counselor is a live-in position that includes Room & Board. Staff live in spacious cabins with their camper groups and have every other night off away from children. Hidden Valley provides delicious meals three times a day - includes vegetarian option and support for some diet limitations.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Hidden Valley Camp is located approximately 85 miles northeast of Portland, Maine. We pick up staff at various travel points in Maine. Once here, plenty of local staff have vehicles and the camp rents vans as well for off days and evenings.
Mid-coast Maine offers splendid outdoor opportunities, from Acadia National Park to quiet ponds, short hikes or an off day atop Mt Katahdin, rafting, camping and more. Lovely coastal towns of Belfast and Camden offer galleries, festivals, and food ranging from award-winning eateries to a quick summer lobster roll. Staff often take advantage of our art facilities, spending a quiet evening making pottery of stained glass. Or wander down to our lake and have an evening sauna and swim.
How to Apply
Please visit our website via the links below to learn more about working with us and submit an online application. We look forward to hearing from you!