Summer camp specialty counselors in Outdoor Adventure, Ropes Course, Mountain Biking, Kayaking & Canoe

Job Description


Camp Towanda is looking for experienced, outgoing and enthusiastic Outdoor Adventure Instructors.  Outdoor Adventure specialists to work with our campers, boys and girls ages 7-17 on our challenging outdoor obstacle course, high and low ropes and zip line. Also, part of our adventure program is our mountain biking program, archery, river excursions, camp crafts and camping overnights! We also have an animal farm with chickens, bunnies, goats and more!



The Outdoor Adventure program at Camp Towanda is one of the most popular places on camp, where campers are challenged to get out of their comfort zone, work as a team and take healthy risks, with the support of their camp family. Outdoor Adventure Instructors are expected  set the bar for our entire staff, with their enthusiastic attitude, supportive nature and commitment to safety.

The Outdoor Adventure program consists of our high and low ropes and zip line, climbing wall and challenge course, mountain biking, treehouse obstacle course, archery, river excursions, camp crafts and overnights! We also have an animal farm with chickens, bunnies, goats and more!

Although you are hired based on your experience, we conduct onsite training before and during the summer. As an “O&A” specialist, you will work with the Director to implement lesson plans, team building, encourage campers to get out of their comfort zone, have fun and work together! Our O&A program is one of the safest places on camp, thanks to the vigilance and pride our staff take in monitoring all activities near and on our courses.  

Qualifications:  Minimum of 19 years of age. Completion of at least 1 year of college/university or post high school technical training. A genuine interest and proven experience working with children. A positive role model for campers to aspire to want to emulate. We are seeking highly motivated, skilled outdoors people committed to making a difference in the lives of children, sharing positive experiences and working together in a group living environment. Camp is a great place to develop strong bonds with peers and campers, to sharpen your teaching skills, to learn about yourself and others whom you are caring for.

Salary/Benefits:  $1500-2500 for the season + additional stipends for current ARC certifications; room/board, laundry, travel reimbursement up to $200, and for those international staff, reimbursement of your J-1 visa costs after satisfactorily completing the season; internet access. camp sponsored evening activities, camp participation in the full camp activity areas on time off, athletic team involvement on off time with neighboring camps and transportation to the local town, Honesdale, PA and back on days and nights off.

Camp Towanda is the premier family-owned and operated, co-ed 7 week sleep-away camp in Northeast Pennsylvania for children ages 7-17. We are nestled on over 400 acres of beautiful fields, facilities, waterfront and countryside. At Camp Towanda, we provide a well-rounded experience for our campers and staff in a nurturing, safe environment with endless opportunities for them to try new things and feel great about themselves! Our program offers excellent and professional instruction in all land and water sports, fine arts, drama and adventure, as well as very creative evening activities and special events.

Working at Camp Towanda provides hands-on leadership opportunities, while helping you build skills that any future employer is looking for, such as flexibility, adaptability, initiative, self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, productivity, accountability, leadership and responsibility. This position will boost your resume with experiences that demonstrate stamina, responsibility, integrity, accountability and the ability to work and communicate with others (we have staff from over 20 states and 20 countries). No matter what field you choose to pursue, you will find your job experiences at Camp Towanda invaluable.

We attract down-to-earth, friendly and spirited campers, families and staff. We hire 300 counselors and support staff from over 20 countries and all across the USA. When you work at Camp Towanda, you make a real difference in camper’s lives, while building your resume and career-building skills (leadership, work-ethic, public speaking, management, responsibility) with the support of our senior staff and Directors. The job of a counselor is multi-faceted; your spirit, creativity and leadership is paramount. When at camp, it is a 24-hour job. Flexibility, responsibility and stamina are key attributes for our staff to possess. Working with kids is a challenging job but one of the most rewarding job experiences you will ever have.

All meals, room, board and laundry service are included with scheduled time off. You would have limited expenses.

For almost 100 years, Camp Towanda has continued to define what summer camp is all about. We are highly regarded and respected as an industry leader and are involved in giving back to various organizations throughout the year. Camp Towanda is accredited by the American Camp Association.

When you work at Camp Towanda, it’s so much more than a summer job- it’s a family, network and community that will change your life forever. Thank you for considering Camp Towanda for your summer job experience! Begin your application and contact us today!

  • Competitive salary, room, board, laundry and all meals included; travel stipend provided.

  • Paid Internships Available

Job Availability: 

Outdoor Adventure positions  June 2-August 10

To Apply

Email, Call 570-253-3266 and/or complete online application.

Application Closing Date: 
Until filled
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Job Location: 
Honesdale, PA
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Not Specified
Job Starting Date: 
June 2, 2019

Job Details

Job Details: 
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