Thinking about ways to make a meaningful impact in the world? There is an easy answer: Working with the planets future.
At Ranch Camp, we aim to create an environment for campers that fosters social, spiritual, and emotional growth. Our primary way of doing this is through our staff. We look to hire skilled and qualified staff who have a passion and desire to have kids believe in themselves and who want to see kids be the best possible versions of themselves.
Ranch Camp looks for staff to bring the best skills they can to camp. Whether your specialty be in child management, horseback riding, rock climbing, art, Judaics, mountain biking; the list goes on. We want to know what you can do. Maybe it isn’t even something we are looking for. Tell us the special ‘thing’ that you will bring to camp. We want to know about it.
Extra pay goes to certified staff for specific positions – if you are coming to camp pre-certified in your area of expertise please let us know, it helps both you and our organization.
Check out some of our job descriptions below, and scroll down a little further to get some basic info before applying.
MERAKZIM - ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Merakzim, the management team, are the shapers of the summer to come. It’s also a category that houses some essential positions who help keep camps cogs turning on a daily basis. These positions should also expect to some communication before camp starts and know that their summer schedule will be a little bit more hectic than others. We look to these staff members as the role models for our tsevet kehilah (staff community) and expect them to set a high bar for others to look to.
The lead of our camper care team and the point person for our Rashim (Unit Heads) for the upcoming summer. The Camper Care Director is responsible for overseeing the needs of campers in every unit of camp, and is responsible for intervening in more serious issues at camp. They directly supervise the Rashim and work with them collaboratively to ensure camper success camp-wide. They are directly responsible for the review of daily camper notes, ensuring that major positive or negative interaction is overlooked. Interested applicants for the Camper Care Director should have a Bachelors Degree in a field related to education and should have previous experience in a summer camp environment.
Rosh Machaneh (Head of Camp)
The Rosh Machaneh (Head of Camp), alongside the Program Director is the face and voice of camp. They organize, plan, setup and lead almost all of the camp-wide activities, including meals, evening programs, ceremonies and more. They are expected to liaison with the Head Chef and Kitchen Manager to make sure any food that is needed for camp-wide events is set aside and prepared enough in advance that it does not become an obstacle. They help setup the camp schedule alongside the Rosh Mumchim (Head of Programs) and work to ensure programs fluctuate enough between are not overtaxing campers or their tsevet (staff). They also coordinate chugim (electives), which are elective activities for campers. They assist madrichim (counselors) and tsevet mumchim (program staff) with ideas and supply coordination for these activities. The Rosh Machaneh should have three or more years in a working in a camp environment, be extremely flexible, and loud. They should have a solid understanding of how to read and speak Hebrew to be able to lead meals.
The Program Director (Head of Programs) supervises the tsevet mumchim (program staff) running activity areas and provides support where needed. They, along with the Rosh Machaneh (Head of Camp) are responsible for setup and dissemination of the camp schedule and monitoring the day to day flow of camp. They provide feedback to the tsevet mumchim throughout the summer, making sure that programmatic goals in each area are being met and that tsevet mumchim are creating a programmatic flow that works for the age groups they are working with. Applicants for this position should have at least two years working in camp or outdoor education, with specific experience leading a variety of camp-style programs to be a good resource to the tsevet mumchim.
Farm & Wildlife Director
The grand vizier of all mammals that aren’t humans, at Ranch Camp. This position is not only responsible for programmatic oversight and logistical oversight of scheduling horses for program, but also is responsible for assessing equine soundness and daily basis. Applicants must be American Association for Horsemanship Safety Instructor certified and have 10 or more years working with equines in a professional setting.
Ranch Camp’s Office Manager is the overseer of the most chaotic place at camp – the office. They are primarily responsible for answering phones, checking voicemail, assisting in coordination of pickup and drop-off, as well as checking camper forms for clarity and completion. Filing paperwork is a major duty of this position. Applicants for the Office Manager position should have prior experience in a clerical-type job, have a typing speed of 75 WPM, and be able to deal with busy work in a hectic environment.
TSEVET MIR'PA'AH - WELLNESS CENTER STAFF
The Mir’Pa’Ah (Wellness Center) is the department of both maladies and happiness. They are there to help chanichim (campers) stay as healthy as possible so they can enjoy camp to the absolute maximum. They are also responsible for all medication administration and storage, ensuring that all Colorado Regulations and American Camping Association guidelines are being followed.
Camp Clinic Director
The Camp Health Director supervises the Mir’Pa’Ah and the regulation of all things medical at camp. They will be expected to assist all chanichim at any time of day or night, if needed. They are provided private housing nearby to the Mir’Pa’Ah. All campers who come through the Mir’Pa’Ah must be logged digitally, with enough detail and clarity for future reference. The Camp Health Director is also responsible for coordinating the medication being taken out on trips, ensuring it is both being stored and administered properly by only trained staff members. Being part of a medical team for summer camps can be very different than being one for a traditional care facility, and can at times feel even more hectic. The Camp Health Director must be an RN, LPN or MD.
Camp Clinic Assistant
The Clinic Assistant helps out the Camp Health Director in every possible way, assisting as their certifications allow in emergencies, as well as helping with the more clerical side of the Mir’Pa’Ah. They also assist with the administration of medication throughout the day, and are often the first line of defense in the Mir’Pa’Ah. The Clinic Assistant should be an active EMT, WEMT, Paramedic or other commensurate certification.
RASHIM - UNIT HEADS/CAMPER CARE
Rashim (Unit Heads) are the captains of each Unit at Ranch Camp. Units are the larger groupings of camp – the age groups that the chanichim (campers) are broken down into. The Rosh (Head) of each unit each have very similar responsibilities, but the form they take depends on the age of chanichim they are managing. The most important role a Unit Head plays is as a resource and guide to the tsevet (staff) who work in their Unit.
Unit Head: Chalutzim (2nd – 4th grade)
Our smallest and first time chanichim range from 2nd – 4th grade. Some stay for half sessions while some stay for the full kit. Most of these chanichim have never been to camp before, and will need a lot of help adjusting to the camp environment. Some of them may have come with friends from school and some independently. The Unit Head should expect to see some homesickness and fearfulness of this new experience. Applicants for this Unit Head position should have, or be in the process of obtaining a Bachelors Degree in a field related to education, and have experience working with campers in this age range. Work experience that is similar to this position can be substituted for education.
Unit Head: Metapsim (5th & 6th grade)
Metapsim is our largest Unit, and is comprised of chanichim who mostly have been to camp for one or two years. The Unit Head for this age group can expect to see chanichim who know each other and are beginning to grow socially at an exponential rate. These chanichim need guidance on how to grow and appropriately interact with each other. The 6th graders go on a day tiyul to go hiking, nearby to camp. This Unit Head should have, or be in the process of obtaining, a Bachelors Degree in a field related to education, and have experience working with campers in this age range. Work experience that is similar to this position can be substituted for education.
Unit Head: Toshavim (7th & 8th Grade)
The Toshavim Unit Head is responsible for managing and assisting the staff in the oldest group of onsite chanichim. These chanichim have been to camp before and have a great foundation to build on, but need guidance on how to be role models for their kehilah (community). Additionally, we look to facilitate the skills they learn and use at camp and want the chanichim to start using these skills in the outside world. The 8th grade campers in this Unit go on a four day tiyul (trip) and the 7th graders go on a three day tiyul. The Toshavim Unit Head should have a, or be in progress of obtaining, a Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to education, and have experience working with children in this age range. Work experience that is similar to this position can be substituted for education.
Camper Care Coordinators
Each Unit Head is paired with a Camper Care Coordinator who works alongside them in making sure each camper’s experience at camp is successful. They keep in touch with campers’ parents, ensure each camper’s needs are met within the bunk, and assist campers who need help integrating into the camp environment. Ideal candidates have a background, degree or are pursuing a degree in social work.
RIKAZIM - PROGRAM COORDINATORS
Some of the program areas at Ranch Camp have some more specific and detailed needs, both for safety and for the flow of the program. We look for experienced and talented staff who are versed in these specific areas of expertise to lead these program areas.
The Rakaz Brecha (Aquatics Manager) is the manager of all things aquatic at Ranch Camp. They are responsible for the supervising the lifeguards who work at the pool, creating programs that mix swim instruction with fun, and creating a safe pool environment for all chanichim (campers) to enjoy. They are additionally responsible for ensuring the pool is kept clean and organized, coordinating with lifeguards to ensure that the area is cleaned at the end of swim programs. Applicants should be familiar with the basic workings of the pool, including filter basket cleaning, chlorine level management, pH management; as well as vacuum assembly and appropriate vacuum usage. Applicants for this position should have 2 or more years of lifeguarding experience, and have an active Water Safety Instructor and/or Lifeguard Instructor certification through a Nationally accredited agency, as well as an active Lifeguard Certification. Certified Pool Operator preferred but not required.
Rakaz Adventure (Adventure Coordinator) is the leader of the challenge course team. They supervise the high and low ropes courses, as well as the staff who work there. They are responsible for the physical upkeep of the course, checking elements and equipment for wear and tear, as well as the daily setup and breakdown of the challenge course. The person in this position should be aware of ropes course practice and procedures, leaving the course in such a way that unauthorized access is impossible. Applicants for this position should have 3+ years working on challenge courses and be familiar with ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) standards for ropes course safety practices. They are also the lead for the Outdoor Adventure program track and work with other program staff to make their programmatic dreams a success!
The leader of Ranch Camp’s Ranch program is a busy bee. They manage all Western riding programs for chanichim in the Ranch program, which is over 100 campers. Campers ride three time per session, with the goal of the final riding program to have the entire cabin go out on a trail ride. Applicants should have a passion for equines and a love for teaching others about them and riding them. We can provide American Association for Horsemanship Safety Certification for successful applicants. Completing the training successfully is required for employment.
The lead instructor for our Equestrian program leads our riding specific camp. Chanichim in the Equestrian program spend over two thirds of each day in the riding arenas working with horses. Staff will spend most of their day with these campers, getting into the nitty gritty of riding skills and horse care. Chanichim are responsible for full care of a horse for a session, essentially becoming their horse at camp. They groom, tack, feed and ride; forming a strong bond with the horse and the staff who work with them during this program. Rakaz Equestrian oversees the riding program to ensure safety and proper riding protocols are being followed. Applicants should have a passion for teaching advanced Western riding, and a desire to see chanichim grow both as riders and as young adults during this program. We can provide American Association for Horsemanship Safety Certification for successful applicants. Completing the training successfully is required for employment.
Rakaz Omanut (Art Coordinator) is the lead for the Art Track at camp and is a programmatic resource for the rest of the program staff in their
TSEVET TIYULIM - TRIP STAFF
The Tiyul (Trip) program at Ranch Camp is a huge part of our camp. There are different stages of trips ranging from chanichim (campers) in 8th grade, to campers in 11th grade. These trips range in duration and difficulty. Detailed information on each trip can be found on there specific program pages. Different positions we are hiring for are:
Base Camp Managers
Base Managers are the leaders, parent communicators, trainers and programmatic designers for the Trips program. They will be responsible for the planning, booking, coordination and pack-out of each and every trip that leaves Ranch Camp. They are additionally responsible for the supervision of the Tsevet Tiyul (Trip Staff) and providing them with constructive feedback throughout their summer. They work in conjunction with their partner to ensure parent communication regarding chanichim that are out on trip is consistent and timely. They also ensure that each trip leaves with appropriate paperwork, medication, supplies, and any other additional needs that present themselves based on the needs of the chanichim and the location of the tiyul. They are present for the packout of supplies for each trip, and are there ensuring that the prep work for trip departures is completed in an appropriate fashion. Lastly, but extremely importantly, they work alongside Ranch Camp year-round staff to develop and implement a cohesive, thought out and structured Tiyul-specific training that covers items such as camper safety, emergency procedures, Judaics on Tiyulim, food handling procedures, and so on. Applicants for the Base Camp Manager positions should have a Bachelors Degree in education, guiding, or 4 years experience as a professional guiding. Personal experience in the back country is a great addendum to professional experience but those with more professional experience will receive higher consideration. Certifications in WEMT, EMT, WFR a plus but not mandatory. Must have a clean driving record and be willing to undergo a background check.
Tsevet Tiyulim (Trip Field Staff) are the boots on the ground trip staff that go out with campers. The adventures can send you all over Colorado, for as short as 4 days offsite to as long as 21 days. Staff will spend a few days on-site per session but will spend most of their time backpacking in the woods with campers. Staff should be comfortable navigating with map and compass, ready to act in the event of any emergency, and prepared to deal with surprise situations that the weather of Colorado throws around pretty often. We offer a WFR course to successful applicants for Trip Staff positions, as well as Medication Administration Training. Coming in with WFR can get you a stipend for pay if we do not provide it for you. Staff should have decent experience on trail and experience in various outdoor activities.
MADRICHIM - BUNK STAFF
Madrichim (counselors) are the backbone of camp – the staff that the chanichim (campers) remember and look forward to seeing year after year.
Madrichim should have a serious passion for working with children, and be fully committed to fulfilling the potential every child has to be great. They should prioritize the physical, emotional, spiritual health-safety and well-being of every camper in their cabin above all other things at camp. Interested applicants should have prior experience working in a residential or day camp environment, with other work with children supplementing. In addition to living in a bunk, staff are additionally responsible for leading programs at camp. For more information, scroll down to program roles!
Most applicants are in the process of getting degrees to work with children. Due to rules set down by Colorado Child Care licensing, applicants must be 18 or older.
Tsevet Mumchim, (Program Staff) create and operate the programs at camp, and there are quite a few. In addition to running programs throughout the morning, they also function as madrichim (counselors) while not running their programs. As we mentioned earlier, if you have a special idea or skill that isn’t listed here that you would like to bring to camp, let us know!
Omanut (Art) is the section of camp where campers get to express themselves creatively! We leave this program open ended to let our skilled Tsevet Omanut be free to shape the program as they would like for chanichim (campers). We look for someone who has a passion for guiding campers to be as creative as possible, while making omanut fun and exciting. Applicants should have experience as artists, preferably with experience teaching art to children 7 – 15.
Rikkud (Dance) is our high-energy Israeli dance program. It’s a highlight of camp that is not nly a scheduled activity for chanichim, but an all camp program every Shabbat. The tsevet for this position should have a detailed knowledge of Israeli line dances, and be very comfortable dancing and instructing dances in front of a crowd of potentially 200 people.
Shira (Music) is our camp program where campers get to learn how to play guitar, drums and get to have fun with music. It is also where campers learn songs for Kabbalat Shabbat and get introduced to a mix of music and Judaism at the same time. Successful applicants will have 1 or more years as a songleader, and be competent playing and instructing guitar, piano, or drums.
Drama & Theater
Our drama program is a place for campers to express themselves and take a step out of their comfort zone. We leave this program very open ended as well, leaving it up to the tsevet to define what they want campers to get out of the program. Applicants should have 2+ years experience teaching an acting/theater related subject to youth.
If ducks, rabbits, goats, chickens, cows and gardening sounds like a good time to you – look no further. Ranch Camp has it’s own mini educational farm that campers use and learn in throughout the summer. They learn to plant and harvest, provide care for animals, and begin to understand what it takes to manage your own food supply. Staff should have an appreciation for wildlife and be able to teach about the variety of animals that we have. Applicants with farming experience or wildlife education experience have the highest chance of being hired for this position.
Our sports field is one of the highlights of camp and a hub of activity. We have soccer, flag football and more! We have sports games going on for many hours a day, so applicants for this position should not only be familiar with the sports at hand but ready to be moving, up and active for a few hours. Successful applicants for this position have coaching experience or are enrolled in a sports education program.
The other side of our sports coin is beach volleyball and basketball, both courts used all day throughout the summer. We run a Friday Knockout where the entire camp is allowed to participate, that the Court Sports specialist helps run and score. Successful applicants for this position have coaching experience or are enrolled in a sports education program.
Archery is one of our most popular activities, and we do it with chanichim of all ages! We look for the staff member who is going to spice archery up each week, making it different and exciting instead of just doing the same thing over and over. Successful applicants for this position are required to have a Level 1 National Archery Instructor Certification, which we can supply at cost to the applicant if they do not already have it.
Survival skills. Hiking. Outdoor cooking. If you’ve got a serious passion for the outdoors and the skills it takes to live in them, stop right here. Teva Wild is a program that encompasses hiking, wild edibles and some fun skills that can be used in the backcountry. An opportunity to show off some backpacking life hacks. Successful applicants for this position should have experience as an outdoor educator or be enrolled in a college-level environmental science/outdoor education program.
Israeli Culture is a cornerstone of Ranch Camp. This staff member has a lot of schedule flexibility but is expected to bring the culture of Israel into Ranch Camp. Whether it comes to designing something to be left at Ranch Camp for the years to come, or running programs that give chanichim a chance to see Israel in an experiential manner, this is the place for it. The tsevet for this position are also responsible for designing, coordinating and executing ‘Yom Israel,’ an all day camp program that celebrates Israel and incorporates all the chanichim at camp. Applicants are preferably Israeli or have lived in Israel for an extended period of time. Applicants should be creative and resourceful to design meaningful programs and artwork that can outlast their summer employment.
Our pool is one of the highlights of our program and one of the coolest spots at camp, all puns intended. We have a pool that can hold a maximum of 75 people at a time, and need our lifeguards to be experienced and ready for response to anything. We look for lifeguards that are not only safety conscious, but are there to have fun with campers at the same time. We can provide applicants who we feel would be a good fit, training at cost, but would prefer Lifeguards who come with active certification and experience.
Wranglers are the instructors for the Corral team. They work in both the Equestrian program and in the Ranch program, leading campers by example as well as providing direct instruction from the ground. Applicants should have 2+ years of personal riding experience and a passion for equine instruction.
Junior Wranglers are positions in the Corral for staff who are not yet 18 and cannot be independent instructors. These are very competitive positions and are usually filled in-house by applicants who have gone through our W.I.T. (Wrangler In Training) program as campers. Exceptional applicants with personal riding experience are still considered.
Mountain Biking is a core program of camp and a key in out outdoor adventure activities. We have miles of trail that circle around the outer forests of camp, and chanichim in grades 6 and up are on them all day. Mountain Biking Tsevet can expect to ride a few miles of trails per day with varying levels of difficulty. Interested applicants should have 2-3 years of personal mountain biking experience, applicants with experience instructing will be more highly considered. Experience with bike maintenance preferred, but not required.
Tsevet Maslul Chavallim
Tsevet Maslul Chavallim are the belayers and facilitators for the challenge course. They are responsible for proper equipment use and safety while campers are being spotted on the low ropes course, and for belay checks and proper facilitation while on the high challenge course. Interested applicants should be competent belayers with ample experience, preferably with experience facilitating challenges for teambuilding and low ropes environments. Applicants with experiential and outdoor education experience have highest chance of being hired for this position.
The Ops team consists of positions that are primarily behind the scenes, but are integral to making camp successful. Without one of these cogs in place, the wheel of camp simply cannot spin efficiently.
The Head Chef at Ranch Camp has a tough job, with tough hours. This person is responsible for managing and monitoring all food being prepared, cooked and served at Ranch Camp. The Head Chef is responsible for ensuring that all food is cooked, served and stored in a manner that adheres to Colorado Food Service regulations. They work alongside the kitchen manager to create a fun, effective and healthy food service establishment at Ranch Camp. While very behind the scenes in work, we encourage this person to show face with the community and interact with both campers and staff. The Head Chef(s) can expect to plan and prepare over 1,000 meals per day, providing our campers and staff with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Applicants should have at minimum a degree from an accredited culinary institute, as well as a ServSafe certification. Food Handler Certificate a plus but not required. Additionally, applicant should have 2 prior years of working in food service management. Large scale management (hotels, camps, schools) is a plus.
The Kitchen Manager works alongside the Head Chef to ensure meals are being run in an organized and efficient manner. They are responsible for overseeing the setup of the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) and taking care to set up tables, serving areas, and drink stations, in a way that makes the meal move fluidly and quickly, while not feeling too chaotic and rushed. The Kitchen Manager is also responsible for overseeing cleanup of meals, ensuring that it happens in a timely manner that adheres to Colorado Food Service regulations. The Kitchen Manager should have prior culinary supervisory experience and have spent at least 2 years in a professional food service environment.
Cooks are directly responsible for preparing food and assisting the Head Chef in making sure meals are prepared in a timely and sanitary manner. They also assist with kitchen clean-up and Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) clean-up when necessary. Interested cooks should have some experience working professionally in a kitchen, or be in culinary school. Applicant must be 18 or older to be considered for the position.
Prep Cooks are responsible for setting up parts of the meal that don’t require cooking and open flame. They prepare the salad bars, fruit bars, mid-day snacks, etc. They also help clean up after and during the meal, cleaning up what was used to prepare the meal, as well was what was used during serving. Applicants must be 18 or older to be considered for the position.
Ranch Camp’s Driver has a busy job with unexpected hours. They are responsible for supply runs into the not-so-nearby town of Elizabeth, as well as maintaining each vehicle at camp and assisting in tracking vehicle usage. They are additionally responsible for camper transport to local services, such as urgent care, or airport drop-offs. These can occur at odd hours and the applicants for this position should expect such. Applicants for the Driver position should have a clean driving record and have been driving for at least 5 years.
Camp nannies take care of the youngest campers at camp – staff & volunteer kids! Kids may range in age from 0 years to 5 years. Nannies are welcome to take these kids to camp activities so long as they schedule it with area leads. Nannies should have experience
JCC Ranch Camp has been my home ever since I was in fifth grade. The first time I came through the gate I knew I had found my place. Everyone at Ranch Camp is so welcoming and loving. It will always be my home away from home. I could not have asked for a better home to discover myself and my Jewish identity. Ranch Camp has helped to shaped me into who I am today, and I cannot thank the community enough.
Life-long Ranch Camper
- STEP 1: STAFF FAQ
- STEP 2: I'M STILL NOT SURE...
- STEP 3: THE PERKS
- STEP 4: THE WORKS
There are some basics to working at camp. Some default information. If you’ve worked at camp before, feel free to read on but know that a lot of this you’ve probably heard.
- Where is camp? Ranch Camp is located in rural Elbert County, just south of the town of Elbert. If that means nothing, we’re about an hour and fifteen minutes southeast of the city of Denver. If you still don’t understand that, click here.
- How do I get to camp? Well, that depends. We do airport pickups for staff coming out of state or out of country, but if driving is reasonable for you we recommend it. Elbert doesn’t have any sort of public transport. That includes Uber, Lyft, trains, taxis or buses. Just an FYI.
- We have a blast. Kids have a blast. But it starts with staff having a blast. We do our best to make camp fun for everyone who is there. We want you to grow socially and professionally, while having the time of your life at camp. That being said: We’re here to serve kids and make sure they are in the safest environment possible while having the time of their lives.
- Camp days are long. We’re up and at it at 7:45 AM, going strong until about 9 PM at night. You’re with kids the whole time. 90% of it, at least. There’s kids everywhere. It’s a residential summer camp. If the idea of having kids all over the place all the time seems weird, turn back now.
- Programs. Oh, all of the programs. We do fun activities from Ropes Courses to horseback riding, from hiking to art. Got a special skill you want to bring to camp? Let us know! All staff help run ‘chugim’ or ‘electives’ every afternoon. They can be week long progressive programs or just an hour of fun that you get to be creative with. Either way – we love for people to bring us new ideas!
- Other duties as Assigned. It’s the little bold flag on the bottom of every camp job description. How does camp run? Let’s look at the quote, ‘It takes a village.’ You will be asked to clean, you’ll be asked to mop, you’ll definitely be asked (by a camper) to go to the nurse or bathroom, or something, at a weird hour of the morning.
- Wait, I’m not Jewish. No big deal! We can get you coached up to speed and bring you in to this wonderful kehilah (community) faster than you can finish reading this sentence. We believe in inclusion to the utmost and highest levels, there shouldn’t be a single breath breathed at camp that feels excluded in any way.
- Sounds like a lot. Do I get to rest? Of course. We give staff an hour off a day, and there’s always some sort of staff challenge going on which can earn you some extra prizes. There are two days off per session, either 24 or 32 hours depending on the session.
- How long is camp? 10 weeks. Specific date ranges change year to year, but usually we start up with training in mid-to-late May and wrap up summer the first week in August.
- But I can’t work the whole summer… Not our favorite thing to hear, but we can be flexible. If you have something really special to bring to camp, we can work with you. We are more apt to hire an employee who can work the duration of the camp program, the continuity is better for both us and campers.
Listen, if it’s your first time at camp and the FAQ wasn’t enough, here’s some surefire more detailed info to know if this is the right place for you.
- If you don’t like being outside… Look away. Run. Don’t look back. You’ll sleep in a cabin, tent, or some sort of rustic getup. Oh, and we’re outside all day. Actually all the time. The only thing we don’t do is eat outside. Although we do, sometimes. If you like all that, rock on.
- If you like a rigid and consistent schedule… You won’t find it here. Camp is all about spontaneity. We throw so many curveballs that they end up going straight again. Days flex in length here and there depending on the needs of kids and program. Drop off and pickup days are always going to be different for staff. You might get asked to help out in a specialist area where you don’t have the highest level of expertise. Camp needs your flexibility. If you are about giving your all to create the magic of camp, you’ve got what it takes.
- If you like the big city… We aren’t in it, but aren’t far either. We are just south of the town of Elbert, and are about an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver. But locally, it’s a quiet plains town with a General Store and a gas station. Supermarket and any sort of place remotely looking like modern civilization is 30 or more minutes away. If you’re down with some quiet country, where there are more horses and cows than people, you’re looking in the right spot.
- If you can’t get down with religion… We’re a Jewish Camp. It’s what we do. You’ll see Hebrew pop up all over our website, and all over our camp for that matter. There will be prayers and services at camp. There will be staff from Israel, speaking in Hebrew. You don’t have to be Jewish or be fluent in Hebrew, but you will be expected to be present at services and prayers, spending time with campers.
Camp has a lot of great perks to it – whether it be the chance to learn new skills, get certified in a specific training, or gain some new skills working with our campers, there’s a chance to learn something new.
We have on-site opportunities for:
- Discounted Wilderness First Responder Certification
- Lifeguard Certification
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & First Aid Certification
- Wilderness First Aid Certification
- Belay Training & Skills Assessment
- American Institute for Horsemanship Safety Certification
In addition to hard skill training listed above, we also provide on-the-job training throughout the summer to reflect what our staff best need to serve the campers we work with.
We hear staff say it all the time: “Camp brings out the best version of myself.” We have an amazing community of staff, campers and alumni who come together to make this ten week work experience an amazing memory to last a lifetime. You’ll have the chance to meet people from all around the globe, as well as develop personal and professional friendships that will stay with you long after camp ends.
We get staff from Israel, the UK, Canada, Australia – you name it, they’re coming from there. Camp provides an opportunity for you to make friends around the globe and build friendships with people you may have never had the chance to meet. Camp tends to bring together people with very similar interests – you may find a closer friend than you ever expected.
We are located a little more than an hour from Denver, and 45 minutes to the front range of the mountains. You can’t beat our backyard. With decent amounts of time off each session, as well as intersessions, there is plenty to go explore and see!
ROOM & BOARD
Your commute the entire summer is nonexistent. Your need to prepare meals or plan for them, is nonexistent. Room and board is covered for the entirety of your employment. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, daily, with a super-delicious dinner for Shabbat on Friday nights. The only time you prepare food is if you want to run a program that involves cooking, or if you work in the kitchen; then you’re doing it a lot. If you’re traveling from far away, we can even work out flight stipends for certain positions!
So, you’re interested. Great! Let’s take a look at what the rest of this process looks like:
- Get in touch with us by applying for camp, here. We realize it’s long. Give as much detail as you can, we’ll be more interested with the more you tell us.
- We will contact you to set up an interview.
- Do a really good interview – prepare for a unique experience. We tend to ask some of the more random questions. Don’t be afraid to sing.
- Get an offer made, receive an official job description.
- Accept the offer. Or don’t. See ya never.
- Get sent a contract and wait for contact regarding training and camp dates.
- Complete the absolute MOUNTAIN of paperwork that required. Sorry, we don’t make the rules. It has to be done. Don’t put it off – failure to complete all paperwork can delay your start date, first paycheck, and make you ineligible for the gift card for completing all your paperwork on time.
- Complete check for National Sex Offender Registry.
- Complete the bottom of this form for a criminal background check through CDHS Trails.
- Mail back your fingerprint for a CBI Federal background check
- Have the time of your life working at summer camp!