Mountain Camp Woodside

Welcome to our 42nd summer of friendship, adventure, fun, and learning 21st-century skills!

Mountain Camp Woodside is a traditional summer camp that offers both an Overnight Camp (grade 2-10) and Day Camp (grades K-10). We are located near Palo Alto, in the heart of beautiful Portola Valley, California on the 63-acre campus of the Woodside Priory School. Our camp inspires campers to try new activities, build independence, make friends and take home memories that will last a lifetime.

Near Palo Alto, CA

About Mountain Camp Woodside

Mountain Camp Woodside is centrally located 45 minutes south of San Francisco near Silicon Valley and Stanford University. Nestled in a quiet valley near the Windy Hill Preserve, our camp has the feel of remoteness while being convenient to the entire Bay Area. We feature traditional camp activities such as archery, arts & crafts, horseback riding, swimming, outdoor survival, music, mountain biking and more.  With our "free choice" format, campers are able to create their own program and pick the activities that they would like to try.

The Employee Experience

Positions are available for experienced, responsible and enthusiastic young leaders who want to work with children in a positive, outdoor environment. 

We hire about 30% of the staff through international placement agencies, bringing in qualified instructors and counselors from Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. International staff bring a wonderful diversity of culture and experience to camp.

Ideal Candidate

Our highly qualified staff is truly the heart of the program. Each staff member is hand-picked based on their experience, enthusiasm and their ability to be an excellent role model. We recruit counselors from as close as Palo Alto and as far as Austrailia, the United Kingdom, and other places all over the world and we believe that the unique atmosphere created by this cultural exchange adds to our camp experience.

Room and Board

Resident Camp counseling staff live in dorm rooms with either other staff members or campers. The camp dorms have bathroom and shower facilities, laundry and common areas. You will sleep in a bed or bunk bed provided by camp. You will need to bring linens or a sleeping bag and pillow.

Staff and Campers will be provided with three meals a day plus a snack. Breakfast is typically a hot option with a cereal bar, toast, yogurt and fresh fruit. Lunch and Dinner have a hot option with a salad bar and a sandwich table. There are vegetarian options available; however, we cannot accommodate any other dietary restrictions. You are welcome to bring your own food to camp and it will be stored in the staff refrigerator.

Employee Perks

$340 week plus room and board, plus bonuses for skills such as lifeguarding

Getting Here and Getting Around

Camp will provide shuttles from the San Francisco Airport the day before staff training.

Please contact the office to arrange transportation. Summer staff members are responsible for providing their own transportation during time off.

For Fun

Daily: Our day consists of several activity periods each about one hour. Staff members are scheduled to have one of these periods off. These time periods are ideal for taking advantage of our local workout facilities (swimming, biking, running, using the gym, using computers, writing letters, showering, taking a nap, etc.). 

Weekly: Resident Camp staff members receive one 21 hour period off each week. Our day off typically begins at 6:00pm and ends at 3:00pm. the next day. We are lucky to be about an hour away from both San Francisco and Santa Cruz.  In addition, each staff member receives one night of during the week starting at 6pm to get off campus for a meal, movie, or a night off to relax. 

Our Jobs

We are currently looking for experienced, responsible and enthusiastic young leaders who would be interested in devoting their summer to working with children in a positive, outdoor environment. Our ideal candidate is an outstanding role model who wants to contribute positive inspiration to youth and create memories to last a lifetime.

Skills such as: experience with 5 & 6 year olds, lifeguarding, swim instruction, song leading, guitar / music, mountain biking, arts & crafts, fencing, archery, self-defense, photography, dance, and drama are particularly desirable.

Day Counselors

Portola Valley
Responsible for the overall well being and facilitation of fun throughout the day with the campers. They will interact with their age group as well as run activities. They most be within driving distance with working hours between 9am-5pm. Lunches included.

Facilities Staff

Portola Valley
A responsible and enthusiastic person to help with all the behind the scenes action of camp. This person willing to help with set-up, take downs, activity organization, and general jack of all trades.

Office Staff

Portola Valley

Seeking a responsible person who could preform general clerical duties (phones, email, filing) as well as other administrative tasks throughout the day. Prior clerical experience is a plus.

Overnight Counselors

Portola Valley
Responsible for the overall well being and facilitation of fun for day and overnight campers. They will live onsite in the beautiful dorms of the Woodside Priory school. They will have an age group of children they are responsible for as well as running activities. Room and Board included.

How to Apply

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