Employment 2017-05-12T18:33:55+00:00

Thank you for your interest in B’nai B’rith Camp! We are the premier Jewish resident camp in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1921, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the finest summer experience for today’s campers while preparing them to be tomorrow’s community leaders. Children from families reflecting all aspects of Judaism are exposed to diversity, which comprises the Jewish spirit. We strive to teach the values and ethics of Jewish living by example, experience, and creative expression. B’nai B’rith Camp welcomes all campers and staff regardless of their religious affiliation.

Located on the east shore of Devil’s Lake on the Oregon Coast, B.B. Camp is adjacent to the Suislaw National Forest. Nearby Lincoln City is a popular tourist town during the summer, and Portland is a short 2 hours away.

We have an outdoor heated pool, and waterfront activities offered on the lake including canoeing, paddle-boating, SUP boarding, hydro-tubing  and water-skiing. B.B. Camp offers a high ropes challenge course designed to promote problem solving for all skill levels and abilities. Archery, basketball, tennis, soccer and volleyball are typical sports offered at B.B. Camp. Additionally, we offer Jewish enrichment, arts & crafts, creative arts, and environmental education activities.

Typically there are 180-200 campers each session, and approximately 100 staff will be on the B.B. Camp team this summer. Staff receive at least 1-2 hours off each day, plus some evenings and 24-hour periods. Cabins sleep up to 20 people, are heated, and include electricity and bathroom facilities. Shower houses are a short distance from the living areas. Most staff live in camper cabins; some staff will live in other housing. Staff share living space with at least one other person. There is a staff lounge on the premises with computers and internet access.

To apply for a position at B.B. Camp, please first fill out the online staff application by clicking “APPLY NOW” . If you have any questions about working with us please feel free to contact Ben at 503-452-3443 or bcharlton@bbcamp.org. We look forward to spending an amazing summer with you!

All staff must have graduated from high school. Age restrictions may apply to specific positions.

Counseling Director: Responsible for training and supervision of Unit Heads and Inclusion Specialist/ Camper Care Coordinator. Oversees all of camper care.

Unit Heads: Lead a camp unit consisting of up to 60 campers and 14 staff. Unit Heads are responsible for the well-being of all the campers and staff in their unit. Minimum age is 21.

Inclusion Specialist/ Camper Care Coordinator: Works with our campers with special needs and is responsible for overall camper well-being; assists in inclusion by providing resources and assistance to unit heads; acts as a resource to unit heads and counselors to work through camper behavior and emotional issues. Certification as a social worker or equivalent experience required.

Counselor: Primarily responsible for the care and well-being of campers. Counselors live in cabins with campers; act as role models, and support specialists throughout programming.

Day Camp Director: Responsible for training and supervision of Day Camp Program staff. Also coordinates Day Camp programming and scheduling. Oversees camper care for all Day Campers.

Day Camp Program Counselor: During the day, these counselors are primarily responsible for the care and well-being of the campers in our day camp program. Day Camp counselors live in cabins with overnight campers, and during the evenings the focus switches to overnight campers.

Program Director: Responsible for supervision of program specialists, scheduling, evening programs, all-camp programs, inventory, and ordering of supplies.

Assistant Programming Director: Assists program director, as needed: evening programs, all-camp programs, skill builders, and individuals.

Program Area Directors: Supervise and lead program areas at Camp. Program Area Directors are responsible for supervising other staff members.

  • Arts & Crafts Director
  • Ropes Course Director
  • Music Director
  • Outdoor Jewish Adventure Director
  • Aquatics Director
  • Assistant Aquatics

Program Specialists: Responsible for the backbone of Camp’s daily activity programs, called Chuggim. When Program Specialists are away from program areas, specialists are assigned to a cabin and work alongside counselors. Specialists must have a background and expertise in the particular area that they teach. Specialty areas include:

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Athletics
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Amir Garden
  • Lifeguard
  • Outdoor Jewish Adventure
  • Ropes Course
  • Teva- Nature

Photographer: Responsible for taking photographs of camp activities, creating slideshows, and teaching photography skill-builders.

 Administrative, Health and Facilities: Responsible for the day to day operations in these areas.

  • Office Manager
  • Camp Store Manager/ Programing Assistant/ Driver
  • Health Center Administrator
  • Communications Coordinator

Additional Roles (these roles can be added on to another position):

Song Leader: Prepares and leads song session.

Assistant Song Leader: Assists in leading song session.

Program Assistant: Works with the Programming team for portions of the day, assisting in creation and coordination of skill-builders, individuals, or evening programs.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor: Tutors bar and bat mitzvah students with Torah, Haftarah, and prayers. Experience required.

Assistant Unit Head: Assists their unit head with unit programming and trips. Also serves as the interim unit head when the unit head is on time off. Must be at least 20 years old.

Think back to the individuals who have touched your life and it’s a good bet many of them were past teachers, coaches and mentors. Have you ever asked yourself why these few people played such an important part in your life? We’re confident it’s because they took an interest in you, guided you, and challenged you to be the best you could be. As a staff member at B’nai B’rith Camp, you will have the same opportunity to positively impact the lives of our campers!

Any good camp director will tell you the key to a successful summer is the quality of the staff. Each year, we look for competent, sensitive, and enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to working with children to fill this role. Implementing a dynamic program at our beautiful facility is only meaningful if our staff supports the mission of providing a safe and caring environment for our campers.

The People

Last summer we had over 100 staff members from 12 states and 6 countries help create our unique community. We work hard during staff training to encourage team building and help everyone meet and mix.  Plus, our camp is perfectly sized so you can get to know everyone.  You won’t be lost in the crowd.  Come join the family!

The Place

Located on the east shore of Devil’s Lake on the Oregon Coast, B.B. Camp is adjacent to the Suislaw National Forest. Nearby Lincoln City is a popular tourist town during the summer, and Portland is a short 2 hours away. Our facilities are quite extensive and include:  heated pool, waterfront, sports filed, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball, amphitheater  Arts and Crafts building with ceramics studio and kiln, camp store, game room and more.

The Experience

  • Planning and Directing programs
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Teaching skills and Building teams
  • Public Speaking and Problems solving Skills
  • Supervising groups and Counseling children
  • Managing facilities and Maintaining equipment
  • Great resume experience

The Money

Ok, who really works at a summer camp for the cash?  Think about it this way – your expenses are almost nil because room and board are covered and you’re not out spending money all summer long.  So when the paycheck comes at the end of camp you actually walk away with a good amount of cash.  Not bad.

The Intangibles

We strive to create a warm, comfortable and safe community for all staff and campers.  You’ll make friends for life, challenge yourself, discover skills you never knew you had, make a positive difference in the lives of children, and pocket some cash.  Who could ask for more?

It is our hope that as the camp season comes to an end, you’ll look back on your summer as “the best experience of your life” and continue to stay involved for years to come.

What is the procedure for applying to work at camp?

Click on the Apply Now link and fill out our online application form. Once we have received your application you will be contacted to set up an interview. After your interview and your preliminary paperwork has been received we may come to a verbal agreement. It is the understanding of B’nai B’rith Camp that we consider these verbal agreements as commitments. It is not appropriate for you to speak with another camp about employment after agreeing to work at B.B. Camp. Upon accepting a position you will be sent a contract, a health form, tax forms, a copy of the personal policies and other forms. You are required to sign the contract and return it to our winter office within 10 days of receipt in order to formalize our agreement.

Do I need any special certifications to work at camp?

All staff are required to be certified in First Aid and CPR. Waterfront and Pool staff are required to have Lifeguard Certification (or the international equivalent) . Absence of certification does not preclude you from applying, but we prefer applicants who already possess the necessary certifications. Other positions may require prior certification or specialized training including Archery, Ropes Course, and OJA.

If I was on staff last year, do I get any special consideration for employment?

Veteran staff members are required to interview but will be given the appropriate consideration for their experience. Keep in mindy however that seniority does not refer to a greater level of entitlement, but a higher expectation of responsibility and leadership.

What factors determine whether or not I am offered a position on staff?

Evaluation of all staff, new and returning, will include, but are not limited to: talent, skill, participation, maturity, work ethic, loyalty, stamina, and attitude. Staff members must be positive, respectful, and always put the group first. It is not how much you know that matters, but how much you care.

It is a rare staff member who starts the season with all the knowledge and ability to be 100% successful. It is willingness and capacity to improve that distinguishes the good from the great. Prospective staff must demonstrate their willingness to be part of a team and be a tolerant caring person. Regardless of age, demonstration of maturity will mean a lot.

How many people apply and what are my chances of being selected for Summer Staff?

Each year we receive around 200 applicants and have 100 positions available. A good deal of time is spent regards to these hiring decisions. Applicants who are interested in more than one position have a much high chance of becoming a staff member than those that will only accept being a Counselor if instance.

What if I have a conflict with attending all weeks of camp?

Although it is highly preferred that you attend the full summer it does not necessarily preclude you from being on staff.  Those types of instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of the reason, if you have a camp conflict you should strive to attend as much of camp as possible. If someone else is equally skilled and can attend the entire summer, they may be given first priority in the hiring process. You will need to discuss the conflict with the camp director during your interview.

I’ve worked at a camp before, do I really need to be at Staff Orientation?

Yes! A comprehensive Staff Orientation program is held during the first week of the summer season. During this week, staff members are presented with a great deal of information – from Camp policies and procedures, to working with groups. Staff Orientation is required for all staff members. The goals of staff orientation are two-fold: (1) to give staff members the opportunity to meet, get to know, and develop strong working relationships with each other and (2) to prepare staff members for the challenges of working in a residential camp setting. Group-building experiences, training sessions, and concentrated planning done with other staff members are all combined into Staff Orientation. Combined with the Staff Manual, reading packet, and the good judgment and common sense of the individual staff members, staff orientation should provide the tools and skills necessary to guarantee a successful summer for all.

What if I cannot attend staff week training?

Staff week training is critical to your success during the summer. If you are a new applicant and cannot attend, you may not be able to be part of the B.B. Camp staff (school dates are one of the possible exceptions). If you are a returning staff member and there are extenuating circumstances, you may be excused from the week long training. Those types of instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis after discussion with the camp director.

Can I leave camp during the summer to attend a wedding or other important event?

We will make every effort to accommodate such a request if it is brought to our attention when you apply for the position. However, accommodations of  such requests made after arrival at camp is much more difficult.

How often do I receive time off?

Each staff member usually receives one to two periods off per day. In addition staff also receive nights off, and 7 days off per summer. Days off may begin at dinner and end at dinner the next day. Staff will have several days to choose from however, only so many people can sign up for each day off based upon the unit size and schedule.

When do I get paid?

Summer salaries are broken into four parts, 20% is received on June 30th, July 15th and July 31st, and then 40% is received on August 15th.

Can I bring a pet?

No, pets are not allowed at camp.

What if I am a vegetarian, keep kosher or have other diet restrictions?

B’nai B’rith Camp is a kosher facility. In addition we offer a complete vegetarian menu and salad bar for the camp population. We will do our best to prepare meals that correspond to your needs. If you are a vegan, you may find it necessary to bring your own substitute protein source, as it is difficult for us to cater to those specific needs.

May I receive visitors during camp?

In general visitors are not permitted while camp is in session. On occasion staff may have visitors at camp with the advance permission of the Camp Director. Such visitors are not permitted to go beyond the administrative area of the Camp until the staff member meets them. Visitors are not allowed to use the facilities of the Camp without permission and are in no way to disrupt the camp program. Visitors may not stay at camp overnight.

What is the smoking policy at Camp?

B’nai B’rith Camp is a non-smoking institution. Staff may find it difficult to leave camp during the day and in the evening. We highly encourage our staff to try to use this time as a great way to start on a healthier path of life by quitting. Smoking on camp is prohibited and may result in a review of employment.

Will I have access to my e-mail?

There are several computers with internet access available for use in the Staff lounge.

As a cabin counselor am I also expected to be an activity instructor?

We hire cabin counselors to work as counselors and a separate staff of specialists to instruct most of our daily activities (i.e. basketball, arts & crafts, tennis, etc.) We do, however, expect counselors to attend activities with their campers and assist specialists with activities. Any counselors interested in leading a specialty activity are encouraged to let the Program Director or Specialist Director know.

Where do I live at camp?

Most staff live in the cabins with the campers. Support and leadership staff members live with other staff in cabins around the camp property. Housing is clean and comfortable. Storage is limited. All cabins have bathrooms and electricity.

Where do I do laundry?

Laundry facilities are not available at camp. Most staff do their laundry where they are staying for their day off or there are several coin-op or drop off laundry facilities in town.

Do I need a car?

No, a car is not a necessity though many staff do find it useful. In most cases you can usually get a ride with fellow staffers. Parking at camp is limited and spots are on a first come first served basis.

Thank you for your interest in working at B’nai B’rith Camp.

Please keep in mind the following as you complete the staff application:

  • Our online application only saves when you change pages using the Continue or Previous buttons on the page, so be sure not to hit the “back” button, or you will lose your progress.
  • We require the following pieces of information which you should have on hand:
    • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and email of up to three work references
    • Your Social Security / Drivers License Number
    • The dates you are available for work at camp
  • You will be asked to complete a series of essay questions. We recommend that you compose your answers to these questions in a word processor offline, then copy the answers into the text boxes so that you can save your work.

If you have any questions  please contact bcharlton@bbcamp.org

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your application.

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