Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 11, 2023 (Monday - Fridays only) and we are closed on Tuesday, July 4.
Camp Riverbend is a 7 week summer camp (most are 8 weeks, we want our counselors to have time off to enjoy summer)
Counselor orientation = Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16 (4:00 - 9:00 pm), Saturday, June 17 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sunday, June 18 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday for all 7 weeks (you even get paid for July 4th even though there is no camp that day)
Extra hours may be available before and during the camp season.
Not available all season? Just be upfront with us. Even if you are not available to work the whole camp season, you MAY be able to work at Riverbend. Please let us know what days you are not available on your staff application.
Staff are paid every two weeks
You can earn bonuses for good attendance, referring other staff members, and more!
Your salary at Camp Riverbend will depend on your experience. Rising high school seniors start at $13 per hour, college graduates start at $15 per hour. Pay for experienced teachers is higher.
Staff can use their phones during their break times
We are a zero tech camp, so campers do not have devices during Camp
Most staff have zero communication with parents. Your contact information is never given out without your express permission
Day in the Life
Staff arrive (and are paid) starting at 8:30 to “settle in.” We start every morning with a whole Camp assembly at 9:00 for group staff and their campers. Activity, Ropes and Waterfront counselors are at their stations, preparing for their day’s lessons. There are four morning activity periods, then lunch and club time, then four afternoon activity periods. We end every afternoon with a camp-wide assembly. Staff who drive themselves are dismissed after the camper buses depart at 4:00.
Even if you’ve never worked at a camp before, we welcome you to Riverbend! Many of our staff are first timers, whether they be high school seniors, college students or experienced teachers. Even if you have never been a camper before, we highly encourage you to apply. We value a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds and always love to welcome new members to our community. Our group leaders coach and guide new staff members throughout the summer.
Orientation is a big part of Camp Riverbend’s staff experience and a whole lot of fun! During the weekend of June 15-18, 2023, we will create our summer community, learn how to work together, and prepare to give our campers the best summer ever.
It’s fun but it’s serious work too. You’ll be getting a lot of information about Camp policies and procedures, as well as tips for working with children. Attendance at Orientation is required for all staff members.
Additional training, feedback, and coaching occurs throughout the summer. Our Owners/Directors are very hands-on, and our veteran senior staff closely supervise their counselors, groups, and activities.
Camp Riverbend is proud to offer all of its counselors the opportunity to earn college credits this summer through Gratz College. The 3 credit education course is titled “The Fundamentals of Informal Education in a Summer Camp Setting” and everyone from high school students to college graduates are eligible.
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Riverbend will even cover part of the tuition for all of its staff (in addition to your salary!) The standard tuition is $750 for enrollment but Riverbend will cover at least $250 of the enrollment fee for each staff member.
Camp Riverbend provides lunch and snacks for everyone. Daily options include hot lunch, salads, sandwiches, bagels, and yogurt. Daily specials vary from pizza to BBQ Fridays where hotdogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers are served.
Every day starts with coffee in a classic Camp Riverbend mug with occasional morning treats!
Every day ends with ice cream (or ice) for every camper and staff member. Do you prefer Oreo chipwiches or lemonade ice?
What It Takes
Enthusiasm: When you get excited about an activity, your campers will too!
Flexibility: Things can change during the day
Energy: Lots of activities, all day long
Playfulness: You are working with children
Patience: You are working with children!
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