Make a Difference at Camp Summit
Camp Summit is a residential or “sleep away” camp for children and adults with disabilities. With weeklong camp sessions, weekend sessions and respite days, campers are offered a wide variety of traditional camp activities in our barrier-free environment.
Camp Summit hires seasonal staff for each summer and fall to fulfill a safe ratio of two campers to every one staff member. Most staff members live in the cabins (your "home away from home") with the campers during their one-week stay. Many of our staff are college students pursuing fields of human interest. We also work with international agencies to recruit personnel from all over the world. Benefits include salary, room and board, laundry facilities, wireless internet, and the experience of a lifetime!
Spring Break 2019
March 9 - 15 or March 16 - 22
May 14 - August 18
(Staff Break June 29 - July 5)
September 10 - November 24
Each cabin houses up to 8 cabin staff and up to 15 campers. Cabin Staff are assigned to a particular cabin and are solely responsible for assisting in personal care, engaging at activities, and transitioning throughout the schedule.
Consistently aids in the daily tasks and routines of campers. Responsible for the safety and well-being of the campers by working as part of the cabin unit. Counselors respond to the Unit Leader (UL) and are not required to have experience, but it is preferred.
Leads the cabin and guides in camper care. They are responsible for cabin schedules and creating a positive working environment for the cabin staff along with a fun and safe environment for the campers. ULs respond to Support Staff and the Assistant Camp Director. ULs are highly preferred to have experience in personal care and behavior management.
This team of Activity Directors, or ADs, facilitate some of our campers’ favorite activities! Along with running specific Adventure Activities (Ropes, Horses, Aquatics, Archery) or Creative Activities (Arts & Crafts, Science Lab, Sports & Games, Music, Nature, Photography), ADs also come together to run evening activities for all of camp. ADs are also assigned to a cabin for housing and to aid in camper care during non-activity times. This requires ability to work autonomously, teach creatively, and develop lesson plans within our mission and philosophy.
Assist in leading, inspecting, and overall care of the high and low ropes courses and equipment. Must be willing to supervise and adhere to all safety precautions and challenges that may arise with both the course and campers. Certification is not required, but experience is heavily preferred. If no experience or certification, must be willing to obtain a training certificate upon hire.
Wranglers maintain the care and management of the overall health and well-being of the camp herd. Maintaining clean and safe working areas in the stables, riding area and fences along with maintaining horse tack and equipment. You will work closely with the Assistant Camp Director on reporting any medical needs, treatment, and behavior of horses. This person must be willing to create and fulfill activities that fit the needs of campers with varying disabilities.
Lifeguards lead and supervise all aquatic activities at the pool. Perform daily and weekly maintenance and cleaning tasks on pool and equipment. Follow established policies and procedures for pool area and assist with the training of camp staff to assist in aquatic procedures. Be willing to create new engaging ideas that will improve the aquatics program at camp all while providing a safe environment. Previous lifeguarding experience strongly preferred and certification is required upon or before hire.
The activity director must be willing to implement creative and engaging archery activities that are appropriate for each camper’s specific needs. Supervise counselors and be willing to teach and educate them on safety procedures. Assist in the management and care of the equipment and maintain a clean working environment. Certification is not required, but experience is heavily preferred. If no experience or certification, must be willing to obtain one upon hire.
Arts & Crafts
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to arts and crafts. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers about colors, textures, creative expression, and other artistic concepts. We are looking for a creative individual with experience leading a large group through projects and can communicate instruction effectively.
Sports & Games
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to sports and exercise. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers new games, teamwork, hand and eye coordination, and other physical skills. We are looking for an active individual with experience leading large groups in cooperative games.
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to nature and the outdoors. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers about different types of animals, weather, plants, and other topics of nature. We are looking for a person with experience with the outdoors, wildlife, and nature, ideally that of Texas.
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to the sciences. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers about different areas of science including, but not limited to, chemistry, biology, and physics. We are looking for a person with experience teaching science topics to large groups and leading a group through different science experiments.
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to photography. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers about the use of cameras and green screens. We are looking for someone with experience with basic point-and-shoot cameras, iPads, and other pieces of technology used in photography.
Responsible for the planning and leading of activities pertaining to music. Activities should be with the focus of teaching our campers about rhythms, beats, tunes, cords, and other musical concepts. We are looking for someone with experience teaching musical concepts to large groups and leading large groups in music.
A team of leaders who act as a supplemental aid in many areas of camp. They check cabins, assist with camper care and behaviors, and lead daily chants and songs. Each member has an additional role in management of different areas of camp, and is preferred to have confident experience within special needs populations and leadership experience.
Program Director (PD)
Program Directors help lead, supervise, and manage the activity areas of camp. The Creative PD oversees Photography, Music, Nature, Science Lab, Arts & Crafts, and Sports and Games. The Adventure AD oversees the ropes course, horses, Archery, and the swimming pool. Each PD is preferred to have certifications and/or experience in their chosen areas.
Unit Leader Liaison (ULL)
ULLs oversee the cabin side of camp. They are responsible for gathering camper data in order to place cabin assignments along with manage cabin/camper paperwork. There are two ULLs: One for female cabins and one for male cabins. This position does require more office time than other positions, but are still an aid to cabins.
The Rover position is a unique position that gets to see all aspects of camp. This position is not assigned to any particular group for they are cross trained in order to act as an aid in every activity and across the cabins. Rovers are flexible and adaptable consistently and have a great desire for service in any area.
The Photographer is responsible for capturing the moments of every campers experience. They also have a unique role for it is designed to give the opportunity to engage with every single camper across camp and see all activity areas. Photographers are required to gather pictures of each and every camper and create session slideshows for sale. They also aid by sending pictures for marketing and donor opportunities. Experience with digital photography and editing is required.
Oversee health of all campers, staff, and volunteers at camp. Responsibilities include medication administration for campers, routine medical procedures, and first aid. Must be licensed in Texas as a registered nurse.
Assist with the health of all campers, staff, and volunteers at camp. Responsibilities include medication administration, routine medical procedures, and first aid under RN supervision. Must have completed at least one semester of nursing school.
Assists the Kitchen Manager, and Head Cook in the preparation and service of meals, while ensuring a safe and sanitary environment in the dining room for our campers and staff. Position is not required to live on camp grounds.
Experience with general office skills. Assist Camp Director with day-to-day operations of camp, including answering phones, managing camp canteen, mail duties, billing, etc. General computer skills needed. Position is not required to live on camp grounds. Responsible to the Camp Director.
Life as a Staff Member
...is caring and compassionate, able to work on a team, open minded, willing to learn, energetic, enthusiastic, and encouraging.
Room and Board
All staff are provided with a twin sized bed, a bedside table, and a closet. Most staff live in cabins with campers. 3 meals a day are provided during sessions and on the weekends food will be provided for the staff to prepare for themselves. All staff have access to free laundry facilities and wireless internet.
Build lasting relationships with other staff and campers
Learn or improve skills that look great on a resume
Give back to a remarkable group of campers
Getting Here and Getting Around
Staff will be responsible for their transportation to Texas and to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A Camp Summit staff member will be available to transport you from an airport, train, or bus station. During time off, the Staff member on duty will make "town runs" for staff who do not have their own transportation.
Staff have many options for entertainment in the area during their designated time off. In addition to the staff lounge (on camp) there are many shops, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. within miles of Camp Summit. During longer breaks, Dallas and Forth Worth are both an easy car or train ride from Paradise.
How to Apply
Submit your application here or by clicking the "Apply" button below. After you have submitted your application, we will conduct a phone interview, request references, initiate a criminal background check, and request any additional information as necessary.