Co-direct a small, wilderness adventure program for teens. 10 campers and 2 staff paddle Maine's rivers, hike Mt Katahdin, enjoy sea kayaking, hiking, rafting, etc. A trip of a lifetime for teens and their leaders. To meet regs, must be 21+ and have WFR. We can provide LGT.
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.
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 arrises to instruct anyone, adults and children alike.
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.
Staff arrive at camp between June 6th and June 12th to begin training. Our first camper session begins on June 24th. Staff depart camp on August 18th.
*Very often staff can receive school or internship credit for working at camp.
Adventure Trip Co-Leader - Wilderness
Assistant Aquatics Director
Organize daily activities at lakefront and pool. Co-lead dynamic training sessions (LGT, emergency drills, etc.) and supervise lifeguarding and teaching staff, monitor facilities, etc. Teach swimming, windsurfing and boating. Candidates should have LGT and experience in similar settings.
Equestrian Program Staff
Teach a range of skills levels with a focus on dressage, vaulting, trail rides in spacious rings and miles of forested trails. Work with co-instructors to determine daily lesson plans and activities. Must have prior teaching experience.
Music/Guitar Program Staff
Develop and implement creative musical curriculum in guitar, ukulele and rock band (drums, bass, guitar.) Work one on one and with groups of children to support their creative efforts and interests in the area of music. Organize short performances for camp.
Outdoor Living Program
Co-direct a small, earth-oriented "tipi village". A group of 10 campers and staff lives in 3 tipis situated on the top of a beautiful grassy hill amidst 350 acres of fields, pine forest, lake and streams. Program includes craft work, music, stories, woods skills, outdoor cooking, etc.
Program Staff - Archery
Facilitate all aspects of introductory and intermediate archery, support children's skill development. Reqs: Experience teaching children, ability to work in a non-competitive environment, comfortable working in a group setting. Credentials preferred but not essential.
Ropes/Challenge Course Program Staff
Facilitate all aspects of experience extensive course including team-building and group work as well as high ropes course with multiple elements. Lead initiative activities, group building and technical climbing, work 1-on-1 and with groups to support children’s adventures and personal growth.
Videographer & Video Instructor
Document camp events for promotional production and media library; produce camper-created videos. Dual position includes daily filming, off-loading, etc., and work with small groups of children as they write and produce short films. Requires prior editing experience.
Woodworking Program Staff
Help to develop and implement woodshop curriculum, work one on one and with groups of children to support their creative efforts and interests in the area of woodworking. Full woodshop with power and hand tools. Metal work incorporated.
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!