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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

2019 Starting Dates for Staff

Head Counselors June 9
Group Leaders and Heads of Area Arrive June 10
Outdoor Adventure and Waterfront Staff Arrive June 11
Activity Specialists Arrive June 13
Varsity Counselors Arrive June 13
General Counselors/Cabin Specialists Arrive June 14
Opening Campfire - Campers Arrive June 22
Visiting Day for Campers' Parents July 13
Camp Ends for Campers and Staff August 11

Important FAQs

Where is camp located?

We are located in the town of Beach Lake, PA – 2.5 hours from NYC, 2 hours from Philadelphia and 10 minutes from the Delaware River.

Where are the campers and staff from?

The majority of our campers hail from the east coast of the United States – New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, to name a few.

Our staff joins us from across the country and all over the world. We recruit from the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and abroad. Staff members are required to have completed one year of college prior to joining the TEC team.

What is a typical day like at camp?

No day at camp is exactly the same! Our daily program has a structure and rhythm, but we have many special days like College Day, Olympics, Carnival and out of camp trips. A “typical day” starts with reveille at 7:30 AM. We have a five or six period day that includes sports, creative arts, boating, swimming, Aqua Park and electives. After a quick shower hour, we have dinner, followed by free play and finally evening activity. Evening activity is sometimes an all-camp event and sometimes a smaller program with your group or campus, but it is always a lot of fun.

What is the difference between a Cabin Specialist and an Activity Specialist?

Cabin Specialists spend the day with campers in their group, guiding them through the days’ schedule. At each activity, a Cabin Specialist is a helping hand for the specialists at that area.

Activity Specialists report daily to an area in camp (e.g. flag football, culinary arts, waterfront). They teach campers new skills and help them to perfect those skills over the course of the summer. Both cabin specialists and activity specialists live in the bunk with their campers.

What is Staff Education Week?

There is a week-long orientation where our staff begins to develop the skills to be used throughout the summer. Orientation is equal parts serious and fun with lots of sports, activities and ice breakers. The training process continues throughout the summer with weekly meetings and ongoing support from Group Leaders, Head Counselors and Camp Directors. We are searching for a staff with the willingness to grow and learn on the job.

Where will I live?

Our bunk staff lives in cabins with campers and two to three other counselors. Each bunk usually consists of 10-12 campers and 3-4 counselors. All bunks are equipped with modern bathrooms, electricity and spacious clothing rooms.

Area Directors and Group Leaders live in private or semi-private rooms with bathrooms. Kitchen, Maintenance and Housekeeping staff live communally in large cabins.

Is there a dress code?

Staff are provided with staff shirts and sweatshirts to wear daily. You can wear your staff shirts with shorts, sweatpants, khakis or leggings. At the pool and the waterfront, female staff must wear one-piece bathing suits.

Does Trail's End have a religious affiliation?

Trail’s End is a place for people of all religious backgrounds, though the majority of our campers are Jewish. Our staff comes from diverse backgrounds and faiths. All of camp attends a short service every Friday evening that focuses on community, friendship and character.

What is my salary?

We offer a competitive salary based on years at camp. All counselors will be paid on two separate occasions during the summer. The 1st payment is 30% of your salary and the second payment is the remaining 70%. You have the option to have your check cashed for you or held until the end of the summer. Non-bunk staff have the option of payment issued to their bank accounts via direct deposit.

How much time off will I have?

We know our staff need time to rest and recharge. You will have five days off throughout the summer, as well as three-four nights off per week and one period off daily.

We organize events during time off for our staff including movies, bowling, sports tournaments or local amusement, at no cost to you. We also set up transportation to the nearby town of Honesdale a few times a week so you can get to Wal-Mart and other local spots.

The full list of “day-off” trips will be made available during Staff Education Week, but typically includes trips to Dorney Park, Philadelphia, Woodbury Commons and New York at no cost or for a nominal fee.

Is there a staff curfew?

Yes! Curfew is 12:45 AM and we expect a quiet campus by 1:15 AM.

Will I have access to internet while at camp?

Of course – our staff lounge has Wi-Fi available so that you can connect during your time off. All cellphones, laptops, iPads and electronics must be kept in your personal lockbox in the lounge or Head Counselor office while you are working. We do not allow campers or counselors to have electronics in the bunk or around camp.

How do I get to camp?

We provide transportation from Newark Airport (add link). For domestic staff, we offer a reimbursement of up to $300 to fly to camp and up to $200 to drive to camp (with the exception of Long Island, Westchester, North Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania). International staff can receive information about travel allowances from their respective agencies.

What is the weather like at camp?

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

What are the meals like at camp?

Three meals a day are served to campers and counselors family-style by our waiters and waitresses. Along with the day’s menu, we always offer a fresh salad bar, pasta, bagels and other alternatives for those with dietary restrictions. We provide snacks twice a day (in the afternoon and evening) and fruit is available all day long in multiple locations.

A Typical Day

No day at camp is exactly the same! Our daily program has a structure and rhythm, but we have many special days like College Day, Olympics, Carnival and out of camp trips. A “typical day” starts with reveille at 7:30 AM. We have a five or six period day that includes sports, creative arts, boating, swimming, Aqua Park and electives. After a quick shower hour, we have dinner, followed by free play and finally evening activity. Evening activity is sometimes an all-camp event and sometimes a smaller program with your group or campus, but it is always a lot of fun.

Sample Schedule of a Typical Day

7:30 am Reveille
7:55 am Breakfast & Clean-Up
9:10 am Morning Line Up
9:30 - 10:25 am Morning Elective
10:30 - 11:20 am Morning Activity #1
11:30 - 12:25 pm Morning Activity #2
12:35 pm Lunch & Rest Hour
2:05 - 3:00 pm Afternoon Elective
3:00 - 3:10 pm Snack
3:15 - 4:05 pm Afternoon Activity #1
4:15 - 5:10 pm Afternoon Activity #2
5:10 - 6:05 pm Shower Hour
6:05 pm Dinner
6:50 pm Evening Line Up
6:50 - 7:50 pm Free Play
8:00 - 9:15 pm Evening Activity
9:15 pm Taps
9:45 pm Staff sign-out at Head Counselor Offices
12:45 am Curfew

We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about the possibility of you becoming part of our 2019 team.