We train child development specialists. The average age of our staff is significantly higher than that of most camps. Our staff training is longer than average and continues all summer long; we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards of child care. Our application and interview process is designed to make sure that Eden Village Camp is a solid match – we are an unusual camp! We do thorough reference and background checks. Our goal is to ensure that our campers have an amazing experience that lasts well beyond their summer at Eden Village!
Our staff are expected to embrace and practice these staff tenets of Eden Village Camp:
- Be a hero! Provide our campers with hope wherever they need it! Simply being at camp this summer does not make you a hero; it is a choice you will have to make on a daily and hourly basis.
- Practice awareness at all times, not only of ourselves and our actions, but of safety, punctuality, campers’ energy level, and our campers’ and coworker’s needs.
- Campers are our priority. This means making sure campers are fed before you eat, that activities are geared to the campers’ enjoyment over your own, and your personal life is set aside while working with campers. Staff put the needs of the campers ahead of their own – for 10 weeks, 6 days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Practice clean communication. If you have a problem with someone, you go directly to that person and talk about it in an emotionally-intelligent manner. Most people think they are great at this, but in practice it is a rare skill. We train towards this during staff training. How many places you know of where clean communication is truly practiced? Eden Village Camp needs to be a place where this happens..
We require flexible staff who are happily ready to chip in doing anything. We are a small camp and you can count on being asked to do things that are beyond your current expectations and job description. Some people can do this while keeping their spirits high and motivating others along the way. Many other people chip in with a grudge. It’s the former who will do well at camp.
The Staff Experience
You will have to work hard. The campers will ask a lot of you. The camp will ask a lot of you. You will ask a lot of you. We are looking for staff who are excited about this challenge. Camp isn’t for everyone. You have to put your needs behind the children’s and the camps for the entire summer. You have to be happy to eat with kids, sleep with kids, teach kids… that isn’t something everyone is able to do, or able to be happy doing.
Days at camp are long and juicy. In one day, you may dress up like carrot, swim with a camper who needs a buddy, comfort a crying camper, clean up a spill, laugh with all of your laughter, and read your campers softly to sleep at night.
We’ll feed you incredibly delicious and healthy food, provide fresh air and water, and expect you to pace yourself, get sleep when you need it, and work just as strong at the end of the summer as in the beginning.
We expect you to be a very good big brother or sister while mixing parental responsibility with the compassion of a best friend. Although you will be overseeing groups, each individual camper deserves and requires direct attention, care and supervision. Our mission is lofty, and the groups of campers may be large, but our job is to care for individuals. If you would like to apply, please click here to fill out our application.
Available Summer Positions
Counselors, Advisors, & Mentors
- Bunk Counselors (Madrichim): Support, supervise, live with and care for a bunk of campers. Learn more than you ever thought you would about relating to children and young adults in a manner that supports their growth and independence.
- Tribe Leaders: supports and supervises a group of bunks, including campers and staff. Organizes evening activities, organizes activities for staff, reports to senior staff.
- Wilderness Specialist: Organize and run safe, inspiring camping trips designed to deepen nature connection, build outdoor skills, and strengthen community. Needs special certifications.
- Spiritual Director: Focalize our pluralism with respect for tradition and progression, inclusivity, egalitarianism, and spiritual growth. Organizes and leads all prayer gatherings, torah readings, bar/bat mitzvah tutoring, and Shabbat activities.
- Farm Apprentices: Our full season farm educator apprenticeship runs from April to October. For more information, click here.
- Pulse: Uses yoga, movement, sports, and meditation to activate our bodies physically and emotionally while engaging Jewish tradition.
- Outdoor Adventure: Experienced in leading ropes course elements, rock climbing, and team building activities.
- Music Specialist: Songleading, guitar and instrument instruction, late night lullabies, and all manners of rocking out!
- Art Specialist: Creative, inventive individual excited to make art from recycled, found, and harvested materials. Plus paint, build, and amaze all summer long.
- Science of Nature Specialist: Bring science to life in our forest, lake, farm, and exploratorium.
- Waterfront Director: Lead our lifeguard staff in supervision and maintenance of our pool and lake areas. Requires ability to manage a diverse team and at least 3 seasons of lifeguarding experience.
- Lifeguard: Will require current certifications (WSI highly desired but not required).
- Nurse: Our goal is to find nurses who can stay the whole summer, but we are interested in shorter-term nurses as well. Our ideal nurse will be excited by the fact that there’s a medicinal herb garden just outside the health center.
- Mashgiach: Supervises Kashrut throughout camp, in accordance with our Kosher certifier. Must be Shomer Shabbat.
- Assistant and Prep cooks: Assist in creating our made-from-scratch, organic feasts while being mentored by our head chef. Designed for amateur chefs those interested in pursuing organic and vegetarian cooking. Opportunities to begin in May and/or extend through September.
- Dishwasher/Kitchen Staff: Using our industrial dishwasher and tub-sinks and assisting in preparation of all meals. Excellent opportunity for those looking for experience in an organic and/or vegetarian commericial kitchen. Opportunities to begin in May and/or extend through September.
- Housekeeping Staff: Sweeps, cleans public toilets, mops, and many miscellaneous tasks. Works as part of the campus maintenance staff to keep camp running smoothly. Preferred candidates can begin in May and extend through September.
- Maintenance Staff: Anything from moving a bunk bed to repairing broken equipment and everything in between. Works with our Operation and Maintenance Directors and other staff to keep camp running smoothly. Opportunities to begin in May and/or extend through September.
- Office Staff: The voice that people hear when they call camp. The critical communication link for families and staff all summer. Must be personable and posses high organizational skills. Must multi-task well, and handle each correspondence with care.
How to Apply
Think Eden Village Camp is the right place for you? We are now accepting staff applications! If you would like to apply, please click here to fill out our application.