Prestigious Sleep Away Camp in the Beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York
Operating continuously since 1916, Raquette Lake Camps is a traditional sleep-away camp located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The separate Boys Camp & Girls Camp are family-owned/operated and offers campers a nurturing environment and the finest in programs and facilities. Our campers range in age from 6 - 15 years old and attend camp for a full 7-week session.
Raquette Lake Camps are separate boys and girls camps located on opposite sides of stunning Raquette Lake, one of the Adirondack Fulton chain of lakes. Both camps are nestled against the shores, meaning that the lake is never out of view, never far away. Our remoteness provides a peaceful backdrop for campers and counselors to relax, play and get away from the hectic fast-paced world.
About Raquette Lake Camps
We don’t entertain campers, we engage them. Every activity has professional instructors who challenge the campers to learn new skills and improve old ones. Through encouragement, campers learn more about themselves and their potential.
Learning is a key component of camp life and it can only happen with passionate instructors at every activity and program. Part of each activity period is dedicated to instruction, and the rest to practicing skills in a fun, organized, non-competitive setting.
Friends are the reason campers return year after year. A child’s best friends will be his or her camp buddies. A major, if not the most important, component of our staff training is teaching counselors to foster those friendships and help campers who struggle to make friends. A child will only love camp and have fun if he has a friend to enjoy it with.
We’re giving you the chance to work hard, play harder, and enjoy the best summer you’ve ever had!
Visit our website, watch our Boys Camp Video or Girls Camp Video and see our virtual-tour.
The Employee Experience
From the moment you arrive you will realize that we mean it when we say that you are part of the family. Yes, you'll work hard, but just remember, the job we are asking you to do is play with kids. Be their big brother or big sister, and become a part of their lives.
Many of our counselors return, sometimes even after being away for a summer or two, because from the moment you arrive we strive to treat our staff fairly and embrace them as if they've been with us for years. We encourage you to participate and have just as much of an awesome summer experience as the campers.
We work in teams so you are never isolated, and we are open to all good ideas and suggestions that might make for a more rewarding camp experience.
We have high expectations. You must be 18 or have completed one year of college. All staff undergo a rigorous background check and thorough interview.
As a general counselor, experience and enthusiasm for working with children are necessities. As a specialty counselor, you need to have a high level of skill in a specific activity, or show an aptitude and strong interest. We hold a mandatory orientation the week before camp; some programs require additional training.
Finally, we expect you to have sound judgment and decision making skills, and be warm, caring, and patient.
Room and Board
As a general counselor or activity specialist, you will live in the bunks, eat meals, and go to activities with your camper group. We typically have a 2-1 or 3-1 (age dependent) camper to counselor ratio and bunks with up to 12 campers each.
As a Raquette Lake Camps Staff Member, you will not be charged for anything. Staff uniforms are provided, both room & board is provided, laundry is provided.
All bunks have their own bathrooms and most have their own showers. There is a shower house on boys camp for the oldest boys bunks.
You will make many life-long friends and develop life skills through leading, guiding, and caring for campers. You will learn from high school and college coaches, professors and teachers, pro athletes, and professional artists.
In addition, our pay is competitive, workers compensation is provided, and room and board is covered.
There is high-speed internet access available in counselor lounges and you will have access to many of our facilities during your free time.
Getting Here and Getting Around
A number of staff members drive their own personal vehicles to camp or are dropped-off by friends/family. Parking is on-site and free for your entire stay.
Raquette Lake Camps will provide transportation to and from the local airports, train stations and bus stations in Albany, NY.
In addition, we make accommodations for those employees who choose to take other forms of transportation.
On Camp, counselors have the very best facilities and equipment to work with; during off duty times, counselors can & should take advantage of all we have to offer. You will have the ability to hone your skills within your area of expertise, as well as learn new and exciting activities from other staff members who are always eager to share their passions.
Counselors will accompany our campers on out of camp trips once per week. These trips can be one to five days in length, and include hiking, camping, theme parks and a number of other local attractions. All expenses on camp trips are provided by the camp.
On days off, staff members can enjoy a wide variety of options in the region. Hiking & camping are at our doorstep. Nearby towns include Old Forge, Lake George, Lake Placid, and Utica. Also accessible on your day off are Montreal, Albany, Syracuse and even Boston or New York City for those staff members that don't mind spending a little extra time in the car.
Our summer staff is made up of nearly 275 individuals in a wide range of positions.
We are seeking college-aged students to live in the bunks with our campers and work as general counselors or activity specialists in one of our daily activity areas. You and your co-counselors will live with a group of campers in a cabin. You will be their mentor, companion, and big brother or sister as you guide them through their daily activities, including meals, special events, and out-of-camp trips.
Positions fill up quickly, but here are some spots that currently remain open. Please be aware that the camp season runs until August 11 and you would be required to remain in camp until the end.
- Boys and Girls General Counselors
- Boys and Girls Sailing Specialists
- Boys and Girls Tennis Instructors
- Boys Pioneering and Nature
- Boys Ropes Course
- Boys Volleyball
- Girls Gymnastics
How to Apply
Is this the summer you’re looking for? If so, we encourage you to apply; you might be just what we’re looking for. We need your help to give our campers the best summer of their lives.
Be sure to visit our website, watch our Boys Camp Video & Girls Camp Video and see our virtual-tour.
If you have any questions, You can email us or call us in our winter office at 800.786.8373 / 914.764.1500, or in our summer office at 315.354.4382.