Outdoor Living Skills Program Counselor

Company: Kellogg PEAK Initiative

Job Type: Seasonal

Job Description


ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: Our mission is to bring out the limitless potential in young leaders through extraordinary experiences and nurturing relationships.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Outdoor Living Skills Program Counselor provides opportunities for campers to learn and practice outdoor living skills and become more comfortable to pursue outdoor adventures in their personal lives. The main objective of the outdoor living skills program (OLS) is to teach campers how to meet fundamental needs and to teach wilderness survival techniques and problem solving in the outdoors.




  • Live in a cabin with a co-counselor and 8 campers, and provide active supervision and attention to the physical and emotional wellbeing of campers during all on-duty hours. 

  • Communicate and enforce all safety policies and procedures with staff and campers participating in OLS activities.

  • Provide age and ability appropriate activities focusing on skills related to meeting fundamental needs in nature like food, shelter, water etc.

  • Complete participation notes and attendance notes daily for all campers who attended OLS activities.

  • Collaborate with the Expeditions Coordinator and Expeditions Instructors over use of Outdoor Living Center and its gear.

  • Communicate with co-counselor and supervisor appropriately to balance responsibilities as a program instructor with responsibilities as a cabin counselor. 

  • Actively participate in camp programming outside of OLS activities including evening activities, camper choice time, theme days, bus duty, and more.




  • This position is compensated at a rate of $650 per week, pre-tax.

  • Our summer seasonal staff are paid on a bi-weekly basis and are classified as exempt, seasonal employees.




  • Key competencies: Grit, Growth Mindset, Self Management, Teamwork, Empathy, and Initiative

  • Experience doing outdoor recreation activities such as camping, fishing, orienteering, hiking, shelter building etc.

  • Belief that with the right support and access to quality programs and experiences, all young people are able to achieve at the highest level imaginable. 

  • Enthusiasm about new experiences and ability to self-manage to bring a consistent level of energy all summer long.




  • Must be able to reside on the LVC resident camp property in Boscobel, WI starting with two weeks of staff training in June and ending after the last camp program lets out in mid-August.

  • Must be at least 18 to apply.

  • Current age-appropriate CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification (PEAK will provide during staff training if needed).

  • Current Lifeguard Certification (PEAK may provide prior to employment if needed) preferred, but not required




  • The Outdoor Living Skills Program Counselor reports to the Assistant Director of Camp Programs & Expeditions

  • The Outdoor Living Skills Program Counselor may work closely with Expeditions Instructors

  • The Outdoor Living Skills Program Counselor may receive feedback and support from the Expeditions Coordinator



  • The camp environment is often hot, humid, or rainy. You must be able to work outside for sustained periods of time without air conditioning. Position requires standing, stooping, sitting, walking long distances in hilly terrain, and occasionally lifting up to 40 pounds with or without assistance. 

  • Position requires working weekends and nights, with time off in between camp sessions. Camp days are often long and at times require late night camper support. Staff will have daily scheduled breaks.

  • Ability to react quickly to emergency situations with quick movements or strenuous action, to ensure the safety of campers and other staff members.



The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


PEAK Initiative is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.


Availability:  $650/week
Posted on: January 6, 2023
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
June 8, 2023
Application Closing Date:
June 15, 2024
Job Salary Range:
Preferred/Required Degree Level: High School/GED
Population(s) Served: Youth - At Risk
Job Category(ies): Summer Camp
Region(s): Midwest US