What’s working at Camp all about?
Think back to the individuals who have touched your life. It’s a good bet many of them were past teachers, coaches, and mentors. Have you ever asked yourself why these 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 your best self. As a staff member at B’nai B’rith Camp, you will have that exact 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 dynamic programs at our camps is only meaningful if our staff supports the mission of providing a safe and caring environment for our campers.
- 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
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.
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.
- Staff Application: Each staff member must fill out the online Staff Application. The application contains general information questions, questions regarding your skills related to the job, short answer questions that will be reviewed by the BB Camp team. You will need your Social Security Number/Driver’s License number, the dates you are available to work, and contact information for 3 references. Please Note: Once you submit your online application, the references you put down, get contacted directly.
- Initial Interview: Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will hear from a BB Camp staff member to set up a time to interview. These interviews are typically 30 minutes in duration.
- Group Interview: BB Camp staff are sometimes asked to return for a group interview. This is an opportunity for us to see how you work with a team and interact with others.
- Accepting your position: You will receive an email letting you know if you have been accepted to work at BB Camp. This email will contain a link to your contract and other forms. If you choose to accept your contract, you are required to return it within two weeks of receiving it.
All applicants who apply prior to January 1st will be interviewed and notified of their summer employment by Tuesday, February 1st. Following this deadline, we will be hiring for summer on a rolling basis; those who apply earlier will have access to more positions.
Certain roles will require specific qualifications, which will be outlined in your job description. Below are the general qualifications of a BB Camp staff member.
All B’nai B’rith Camp staff are respectful, inclusive individuals who are dedicated to creating a safe environment for the growth of children. Those who are chosen to be part of the summer staff team are committing to positively communicating with their co-workers and identifying when they need additional support. All staff members are expected to treat every person on camp in a manner that reflects respect for individuals. They are expected to act in ways that show inclusivity toward all in a group. They must prioritize both the emotional and physical safety of all campers and staff with whom they work. Staff Members must:
- Have a desire to work with children and adults in a camp setting
- Be able to accept guidance and supervision
- Be able to make appropriate judgments and decisions concerning children
- Be able to identify problems that need to be solved when they arise
- Prioritize campers at camp while using respect, inclusion, and safety as guiding principles throughout all of their assigned duties.
- Perform job responsibilities during hours scheduled to work
- Be able to observe and evaluate adults and childrenHave good character, integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
- Be prepared to teach skills to other staff members and campers of all ages
- Be least 16 years of age for Day Camp OR 18 years of age or post-high school for
- Attends staff training week
- Hold current First Aid & CPR certifications
Staff at our Overnight Camp have the opportunity to work with over 500 campers each summer from a variety of age groups. Staff members receive 2 hours off each day, plus 7 days and 4 nights off. Cabins sleep up to 20 people, are heated, and include electricity, bathroom facilities, and showers. Most staff live in camper cabins, while senior leadership staff will live in separate housing. There is a staff lounge on the premises and Wi-Fi throughout much of Camp.
Unit Head: A Unit Head oversees a camp unit (younger, middle, older, or teen). They oversee and accommodate the counselors and specialists in each cabin, as well as the campers in their designated age group. A Unit Head is responsible for the well-being of all the campers and staff in their unit, parent communication as directed by their supervisor, trips, and logistics. Minimum age requirement is 21.
Unit Leader: A Unit Leader assists the Unit Head with specific cabin groups. Unit Leaders are responsible for giving extra support to campers and staff in their unit, as well as programming and facilitating healthy relationships among campers and staff. Minimum age requirement is 19.
Inclusion Counselor: The Inclusion Counselor assists the Inclusion Coordinator to help best support our campers with a variety of needs and disabilities. The Inclusion Counselor is responsible for being a resource on the ground, working directly with individual campers and their respective cabin groups to facilitate our fully inclusive camp model.
Bunk Counselor: A Bunk Counselor along with up to 1 other Bunk Counselors and 2 Specialists live in a cabin with up to 20 Campers. A counselor is primarily responsible for the care and well-being of their cabin of campers; they act as role models, help create cabin activities, and support specialists throughout the cabins assigned daily programs.
Lincoln City Day Camp Counselor: A Day Camp Counselor is primarily responsible for the care and well-being of the campers in our Day Camp program. When Day Camp Counselors are away from Day Camp they are assigned to an overnight cabin and follow the same expectation as a Bunk Counselor.
Outdoor Jewish Adventure Director: The Outdoor Jewish Adventure Director oversees a two-week back packing trip consisting of 11th grade campers and designated OJA Counselors. The OJA Director is responsible for the well-being of the OJA Campers and Staff, guiding the group through the pre-planned back packing trip, teaching the group how to stay safe outdoors, and parent communication as directed by their supervisor.
Outdoor Jewish Adventure Counselor: An Outdoor Jewish Adventure Counselor along with up to 2 other OJA Counselors and the OJA Director, take 11th grade Campers on a two-week long back packing trip. An OJA counselor is primarily responsible for the care and well-being of their campers, no different than a bunk counselor located on site in Lincoln City. They act as role models and support OJA Director in guiding the group through the pre-planned back packing trip.
Programming Director: The programming Director oversees the general scheduling and logistics of the day-to-day organization of camp and all programming. This role is responsible for scheduling staff time off, creating the daily schedule for each cabin, planning/organizing all camp programs, and managing supplies.
Program Coordinator: The Programming Coordinator will assist the Programming Director in the day-to-day logistics of camp. The Program coordinator will take responsibility of overseeing and organizing specific programmatic areas of camp, which will be designated by the Programming Director and Camp Director.
Specialist Areas Team
Arts Director: The Arts Director oversees the arts areas of camp consisting of Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Dance and Drama. The Arts Director is responsible for the well-being of Campers and specialists in their departments. They will be ensuring their specialty areas is ready and safe for use, and that specialists deliver safe, inclusive, quality and progressive sessions
Adventure Director: The Adventure Director oversees Adventure Specialists who deliver ropes course, zip-line, rock wall, athletics, and archery sessions. The Adventure Director is responsible for the well-being of campers and staff in their specialty areas, ensuring their specialty areas are ready and safe for use, and ensuring that Adventure Specialists deliver safe, inclusive, quality, and progressive sessions in line with their training. The Adventure Director will provide instruction and safety training for a variety of exciting camp programs.
Spirituality Director: The Spirituality Director oversees the Jewish and Spiritual areas of camp consisting of Jewish Education, Teva (Nature), Garden and Israeli Culture. The Spirituality Director is responsible for the well-being of Campers and Staff in their specialty areas, ensuring their specialty areas are ready and safe for use, and ensuring that Spiritual Specialists deliver safe, inclusive quality and progressive sessions in line with our Jewish identity.
Aquatics Lead: An Aquatics Lead assists the Aquatics Director in overseeing the different areas of Aquatics. An Aquatics Lead is responsible for giving extra support to Aquatics Specialists, acting as role models, and ensuring both the pool and lake are ready and safe for use. Aquatics Leads will supervise specialists to make sure all duties are being carried out in a safe way that is in line with their training.
Area Specialists: Area Specialists are responsible for using their background and expertise within a specialty area to deliver safe, inclusive, quality, and progressive sessions for all ages. When Area Specialists are away from their Specialty Areas, Specialists are assigned to a cabin and follow the same expectations as a Bunk Counselor.
Specialty areas include:
- Adventure Specialist: Plans and facilitates ropes course, zip line, athletics, and archery sessions.
- Arts & Crafts Specialist: Plans and facilitates arts & crafts sessions.
- Ceramics Specialist: Plans and facilitates ceramics sessions.
- Dance Specialist: Plans and facilitates Dance sessions.
- Drama Specialist: Plans and facilitates drama sessions.
- Garden Specialist: Plans and facilitates garden-based sessions.
- Music Specialist- Plans and facilitates music activities and leads the Camp in music daily.
- Teva (Nature): Plans and facilitates outdoor nature-based sessions.
- Aquatics Specialists: Delivers Aquatics sessions at the pool and lake such as swim lessons, canoe and inner tubing; as well as lifeguarding at the pool/lake.
- BB Surfs Specialists: Delivers surf, wakeboard, and SUP sessions; as well as lifeguarding at the beach/lake.
Administrative and Health: Administrative and Healthcare responsible for the day to day operations of their area to ensure smooth operation and safety.
- Office Manager: Answers all camp calls through the summer season, sorts and handles all mail/packages and carries out other general office administrative tasks.
- General Assistant: Runs the camp store ensuring it runs smoothly, drives campers and staff when required, and generally helps around camp as needed.
- Health Center Manager: Administers medication, basic First Aid and keeps record of when people come into the Health Center. Assists in onboarding new Doctors and supervises Health Center Staff.
- Health Center Staff: Administers medication, basic First Aid and keeps record of when people come into the Health Center.
Are you a teen who is looking for fun way to get some work experience or fill volunteer hours this summer? BB Day Camp’s Counselor in Training Program might be the perfect summer opportunity for you! Teens in our CIT Program will have the opportunity to fill volunteer hours, gain work experience with children, and have a super fun summer!
CITs will be able to work with children of different ages and backgrounds and learn from staff members with different skills and specialties. Along with assisting counselors in day-to-day activities, camper supervision, and field trips, CITs will have their own special programming. This program will include activities scheduled into each day for the CITs to form meaningful relationships with other CITs and build upon their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. This CIT program will look great on future resumes and college applications!
The CIT program is FREE for all rising 9th and 10th graders who are interested!
This year, we are excited to introduce a new opportunity at Overnight Camp for rising 12th graders! Lincoln City Day Camp counselors work Monday-Friday with our Day Campers and spend evenings and weekends as Junior Counselors with Overnight Campers in cabins. As a cohort, they will have the opportunity to participate in both professional development and group bonding activities.
- How long is the commitment? We love to have counselors work the entire summer and we know this isn’t always possible. We encourage you to work 3 weeks at a minimum. During your interview, you will be asked about your availability.
- What if I am a minor? Because your age group is mostly under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to sign off on your opportunity to work at Camp.
- Do I get any time off? Yes. You will get one day off for each week you are at Camp! You will also have hours off during the day/evening.
- Does this cost money? No! There is no cost for this program. You will be paid weekly each week you spend working at Camp.
- What other options do I have? Aside from working at Overnight Camp, you are also eligible to apply for/work at one of our Portland Day Camps. You can do either, or a combination of both!
- What dates are available? Staff Training Week: June 19-June 24 | Camp weeks: June 27-August 16
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 American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. 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 mind however that seniority does not refer to a greater level of entitlement, but a higher expectation of responsibility and leadership.
What determines my employment on staff?
Evaluation of all staff, new and returning, will include, but are not limited to: talent, skill, participation, maturity, work ethic, dedication, stamina, and attitude. Staff members must be positive and respectful. It is not how much you know that matters, but how much you care and are willing to learn.
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 and 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 100 applicants and have approximately 60 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 higher chance of becoming a staff member than those that will only accept the position they applied for.
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. Please discuss any time conflicts 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. Along 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 for 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 need to make a plan to make up for the missed staff training or you may not be able to be part of the BB Camp staff. If you are a returning staff member and there are extenuating circumstances, you may be excused from the weeklong 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. Please let us know as early as possible if you will need this kind of accommodation.
How often do I receive time off?
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.
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. We will do our best to prepare meals that correspond to your needs. If you have needs outside of what can be accommodated on a daily basis, you may find it necessary to bring your own supplements to your meals.
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. There are locations off of Camp property where staff members may smoke during their designated time off.
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 many daily activities however, sometimes counselors will be given instructions and expected to lead the activities on their own. When area specialists are delivering activities, we expect counselors to attend activities with their campers and assist. Activities within the cabin will be created by counselors in coordination with the unit heads. 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 staff housing 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 available at camp. There will be a rotating schedule between units, giving you an opportunity to get your laundry in at least once a week. Laundry should be done during hours or days/nights off.
Do I need a car?
No, a car is not a necessity though many staff 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.
BB Day Camp Portland staff work together to provide engaging, fun, and meaningful summer experiences for campers of different backgrounds and a wide age range. Our campers are rising kindergarteners through middle schoolers and come from all across the Portland metro area. Due to the urban nature of our camp, we get to explore our environment through field trips and welcoming special guests.
Our typical work week is Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.
While the ideal candidate can work for all 8 weeks of Camp, partial-summer options may be available.
Join the BB Day Camp Portland team for a fantastic experience!
Day Camp Portland – Inclusion and Counselling Coordinator
The Inclusion and Counselling Coordinator oversees the well-being and day-to-day functions of multiple age groups. This person is responsible for modeling relationships with campers, implementation of positive behavioral strategies, and strategizing with the leadership team for camper care solutions. Additionally, they will supervise a team of counselors and assist in program coordination, field trips, and overall logistics. Must be 21 years or older or have significant experience working with children (preferably in a Camp setting).
Day Camp Portland – Head Counselor
Day Camp Counselors are primarily responsible for the care and well-being of our campers. A counselor acts as a role model, supports specialists during activities, and will have opportunities to create their own programs. Must be 18 years or older and have experience working with children (preferably in Camp setting).
Day Camp Portland – Counselor
Day Camp Counselors are primarily responsible for the care and well-being of our campers. A co-counselor acts as a role model, supports specialists during activities and supports the head counselor in planning and supervising group activities. Counselors are rising 11thand 12th graders, preferably with experience in a camp setting or working with children.
Day Camp Portland – Stem Specialist
The STEM specialist is responsible for planning and leading fun, camp-style programs related to science, technology, and engineering. Specialists must have a background and expertise in teaching science and engineering and be able to create age-appropriate lesson plans for campers in kindergarten through grade 8.
Day Camp Portland – Athletics Specialist
Responsible for planning and leading athletics activities which may include basketball, soccer, cricket, capture the flag, and more. Specialists must have a background and expertise teaching athletics, leading camp games, and be able to create age-appropriate programming for campers in kindergarten through grade 8.
Day Camp Portland – Arts Specialist
The arts specialist is responsible for supervising the arts, crafts, and ceramics areas. The arts specialist must have a background and expertise in teaching art and be able to create age-appropriate programming for campers in kindergarten-grade 8. The arts specialist will have opportunities for camp-wide projects as well.
Day Camp Portland – Dance Specialist
The dance specialist is responsible for planning and leading Israeli dance and other dance activities. Specialists must have a background and expertise in dance and be able to create age-appropriate programming for campers in kindergarten through grade 8.
Day Camp Portland – Teva (Nature) Specialist.
The Teva specialist is responsible for planning and leading Teva (nature) activities. Teva trips are field trips to outdoor spaces where campers can explore nature more in depth. The Teva specialist will create programs and lead activities with groups K-8 once or twice a week on these field trips. Specialists must have a background and expertise in the area that they teach and be able to create age-appropriate programming for campers in kindergarten through grade 8.
- Is your teen looking for fun way to get some work experience or fill volunteer hours this summer? BB Day Camp’s Counselor in Training Program might be the perfect summer opportunity for them! Teens in our CIT Program will have the opportunity to fill volunteer hours, gain work experience with children, and have a super fun summer! CITs will be able to work with children of different ages and backgrounds and learn from staff members with different skills and specialties. Along with assisting counselors in day-to-day activities, camper supervision, and field trips, CITs will have their own special programming. This program will include activities scheduled into each day for the CITs to form meaningful relationships with other CITs and build upon their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. This CIT program will look great on future resumes and college applications! The CIT program is FREE for all rising 9th and 10th graders who are interested!
Are you a returning staff member?
Do you want to grow your role at camp and develop professional skills?
Interested in meeting other counselors of different camps from all over the country?
The Cornerstone Fellowship Seminar is a Professional Development Conference held in Waynesboro, PA for returning Bunk Staff in Jewish Camps across North America. Camp’s send delegations of 3-5 Camp staff who have shown great work in their first years as a bunk staff and are interested in growing their leadership role at Camp. All expenses are covered including room and board as well as the cost for flights to the East Coast and back! Cornerstone fellows will meet staff members from all over North America, work with professionals on fine tuning their leadership skills and become part of the huge Cornerstone alumni network. Interested in learning more? Check out the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone website!
How does the Cornerstone Seminar impact my summer at camp?
At Cornerstone, you will learn from experts and individually work with your camp team to both improve upon and create entirely new projects and activities to bring to camp this summer!
At BB Camp, Cornerstone Fellows will utilize their mentoring and programming skills they learned at the seminar to bring their ideas and programs to life at Camp! As a Cornerstone Fellow, you are emerging Camp leadership, meaning your projects will stretch out through all of camp, leading sessions for both staff during training week and all camp programs throughout the summer. Fellows are seen as mentors for staff members on Camp and work with the program team to make meaningful changes at Camp. Please fill out this form to apply to the Cornerstone Fellowship.
Who is eligible? Participants must be at least 18 years old and returning to work as a bunk staff for their second summer (SIT year doesn’t count).
Where is the Seminar Located? The seminar is located at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA
When is the fellowship? Sunday, May 22, 2022 to Thursday, May 26, 2022.
What is the cost? There is no cost to Cornerstone fellows, all expenses including travel will be paid for.
How to I apply? The Cornerstone Fellowship is limited to 5 staff members. Please fill out this short form by February 15.
Questions? or interested in joining BB Camp for the 2022 Cornerstone Fellowship Seminar? Feel free to contact Nathan Schloss.
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 / Driver’s License Number
- The dates you are available for work
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! We look forward to receiving your application.