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Trail's End Camp Staff Experience

Looking for a Unique Summer Experience?

Enjoy Working with Children?

We are actively seeking college-aged counselors and both newly graduated and seasoned educational professionals to work at our summer camp. Applicants should be energetic, fun loving, active and enjoy working with children.

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Trail's End Camp represents the finest in co-ed residential summer camping. Located in the Northeast Pennsylvania, approximately 2 hours from New York City and minutes from the Delaware River, we are home to state-of-the-art facilities, traditional camp values and a welcoming family atmosphere. We offer exciting programs, focusing on Athletics, Crafts & Technology, Water Sports, and Outdoor Adventure.

Our overall mission is to foster the growth and self-confidence of all of our campers. It is a unique role, where you will work hard and develop lifelong friendships and connections to both the campers and your peers.

We offer competitive salary packages, as well as paid internships for college students.

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Available Positions

Cabin Specialist

Cabin Specialists provide Trail’s End will the first level of support for the campers in their assigned bunk. These college aged men and women serve as the big brother/big sister, parent and 24/7 role model for the 10-12 campers in their assigned bunk. Each age division at Trail’s End is made up of three bunks. Consequently, Cabin Specialists support the entire group 36-40 campers while at activity periods.

The primary function of the Cabin Specialist is to build relationships with their campers and to create energy and fun within their bunks. Additionally, camper care is an important aspect to the job. Cabin Specialists focus on all the details, ensuring the campers’ physical and emotional well-being, including any medical, dietary and social needs, are being met. The Cabin Specialist is trained and supported by their Group Leader and Head Counselor.

Applicants must be energetic, patient, a role model, detail orientated, have excellent organizational and communication skills, and a proven ability to work with others.

Activity Specialist

The Activity Specialist has the unique role of instructing in their area of expertise and working with a group of campers in their assigned bunk.

These college aged men and women bring their skill, energy and passion for their specialty area to camp. The Activity Specialist works under the direction of the Area Director and Head of Areas. Activity Specialists recognize the need to be able to work with both the skilled and unskilled camper. Our “success based on attitude over aptitude approach” is used as the foundation for every program at Trail’s End. We look to foster growth and develop confidence in our campers by surrounding them with Activity Specialists that match our philosophy.

When Activity Specialists are not instructing at their area of expertise, they work and travel with their assigned bunk group. During these times, the Area Specialist effectively serves in the role of Cabin Specialist, ensuring the campers’ physical and emotional well-being. In this role, the Activity Specialist is trained and supported by their Group Leader and Head Counselor.

Applicants must be skilled in the specialty area, detail oriented, have excellent organizational and communication skills, and a proven ability to work with others.

Group Leader

Group Leaders (GL) provide Trail’s End with the first level of support for both the campers and counselors. The GL is responsible for leading and supervising 36-40 campers and 10-12 staff members.

The primary function of the GL is to care for their campers and support their staff. GLs focus on all the details, ensuring the campers’ physical and emotional well-being, including any medical, dietary and social needs, are being met.

Staff management is another main responsibility of the Group Leader. GLs will supervise the Cabin Specialists and Activity Specialists that live and work within their group. Group Leaders are responsible for providing their staff with ongoing training/coaching, guidance in problem solving and regular feedback to correct or praise their work.

Applicants must be detail oriented, have excellent organizational and communication skills, and a proven ability to work with and supervise others. GLs will be trained and supported by the Head Counselors and Camp Directors.

Activity Area Director

The Activity Area Director is a part of a team of Area Directors that provide Trail’s End with both an expertise at their assigned specialty area, and an additional level of support throughout camp.

The primary function of the Activity Director is to enhance our program by bringing their skill, energy and passion for their specialty area to camp. The Activity Director recognizes the need to design the program for both the skilled and unskilled camper. Our “success based on attitude over aptitude approach” is used as the foundation for every program at Trail’s End. We look to foster growth and develop confidence in our campers by surrounding them with Activity Directors that match our philosophy.

Staff management is another major responsibility of the Area Director. The Area Director will supervise the Activity Specialists that work within their area. Area Directors are responsible for providing their staff with ongoing training/coaching, guidance in problem solving and regular feedback to correct or praise their work.

Applicants must be skilled in the specialty area, detail oriented, have excellent organizational and communication skills, and a proven ability to work with and supervise others. Areas Directors will be trained and supported by the Head of Areas Director and Camp Directors.

About Trail's End

Dates & FAQs

2018 Starting Dates for Staff

All Group Leaders Arrive June 12
Outdoor Adventure and Waterfront Staff Arrive June 12
Head of Areas Arrive June 12
Activity Specialists Arrive June 14
General Counselors/Cabin Specialists Arrive June 15
Varsity Staff Arrive June 15
Opening Campfire - Campers Arrive June 23
Visiting Day for Campers' Parents July 14
Camp Ends for Campers and Staff August 12

Important FAQs

Where is camp located?

Beach Lake, Pennsylvania – 2.5 hours from NYC, 2 hours from Philadelphia and 10 minutes from the Delaware River

Where are the counselors from?

We recruit from some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and abroad. Staff must have completed their first year of college prior to working at TEC.

Will I be trained?

There is a five day orientation where our staff begin to develop skills that will be used throughout the summer. The training process continues with meetings every Tuesday night and ongoing support from Group Leaders, Head Counselors and Camp Directors. We expect our staff to come to camp with a willingness to grow and learn.

Who is in charge of staff hiring?

Our Assistant Director, Sara Fetterhoff is in charge of all recruiting. By way of background, Sara has been with us since 2008 and has served in the roles of bunk counselor, specialist counselor, Group Leader and Tour Director before being offered the opportunity to work as our full time Assistant Director. Having lived each of these positions she truly understands what it takes to be successful at Trail’s End. You can email her directly at sara@trailsendcamp.com.

Where will I live while in camp?

Each group is comprised of 36 campers entering the same school grade. The group is divided into 3 bunks with 12 campers and 3-4 counselors living in each cabin. The bunks have modern bathrooms and spacious clothing rooms. Area Directors and Group Leaders live in private or semi-private rooms with bathrooms. Kitchen, Maintenance, and Housekeeping staff live in either dorms or large cabins.

Where do I keep my cell phone and valuables?

You will be issued a personal lock box located in your head counselor’s office. This is the perfect place for your valuable such as; Passports, DS2019 forms, wallets, iPods, cash, etc. Additionally, if you are bringing a cell phone to camp, you MUST keep it in your lock box. Cell phone use is not permitted anywhere in camp except for the staff lounge area.

What is the salary and how do I get paid?

We offer a competitive salary based on a staff members years working at camp. All bunk counselors will be paid on 2 separate occasions throughout the summer. The 1st payment is 30%, and the 2nd is 70%. You will have the ability have the check cashed for you or you can send your check to your bank at home or hold it until the end of the summer. Non Bunk Staff can also have their payments issued to their bank account, via "direct deposit."

How much time off do we get? What do we do when we're off?

Staff are entitled to 5 days off throughout the summer and will also have 3-4 nights off per week. We recognize how important your social life at camp will be to you. This social life will be much different from college where many of you spend your free time at college bars. At camp you are working with children and as such the bars cannot be a part of your summer experience.

Therefore, we will organize events for you during your time off. Activities will include nighttime sports tournaments; movie and bowling nights paid for by camp; outdoor adventure midnight zip-line rides; a staff party; and more! We will introduce our complete staff activities schedule during orientation including our staff days off trips to Dorney Park and New York City.

Is there a counselor curfew?

Yes – counselor curfew is 12:45 AM and we expect a quiet camp at 1:15 AM

What are the kids like?

The kids at TEC are mostly from affluent backgrounds in the NY Metro area. We attract campers from Manhattan, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Maryland, Philadelphia and Florida. While most of our campers are Jewish, most of our staff is not. Over 90% of our kids are “return campers.” Many also have older siblings, cousins or parents that were once Trail's End campers, building upon our strong sense of family and tradition.

What is the weather like at camp?

Summer days in Pennsylvania are warm, while the nights tend to cool off. Plan on 85-90 degree weather during the day with temperatures dropping to the high 70s at night. Don’t forget your raincoat, as we can always count on a few good rain storms each summer.

How do I get to camp?

We will provide transportation from Newark NJ Airport. All American staff traveling to camp, should plan on making their way to Newark for the arranged pick up. For North American staff, we offer an allowance of up to $300 to fly to camp and up to $200 to drive (except for LI, Westchester, North Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania).

Do you have a hidden talent?

We have put together an exciting program for this summer. Included in this program are many opportunities for our staff to showcase their talents. Whether you sing, play a musical instrument, or have other special talents please think about bringing them to camp to enhance the summer’s program. Additionally, we have staff members from across the globe and are always excited to learn more about the different cultures. Please let us know if there is anything from your culture that you would like to share with us.

Can I get mail? How do my parents get in touch?

During the summer, family and friends can reach you on your cell phone during your free time. In case of an emergency, they can call TEC’s main switchboard at 800-408-1404 or 570-729-7111. Additionally, the mailing address is 230 Trail’s End Road, Beach Lake PA 18405.

I like to work out... can I do that?

We have a state of the art weight room and fitness center that is available to staff in the early morning, certain times throughout the day and at night until 11:00pm.

We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about the possibility of you becoming part of our 2018 team.