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Join our Staff or Volunteer

Welcome to one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you will ever have, and thank you for your interest in either volunteering or becoming a staff member!

Think you you might have what it takes to be a Trail Blazer?

If you are interested in volunteering or applying for a summer job, you are in the right place! Please be sure to read everything and feel free to contact us with any questions. Many people have described their time at Trail Blazers as one of the most challenging, and yet rewarding, experiences that they have had. Our program is certainly not for everyone; we urge you to think very carefully about your goals and reasons for seeking summer camp employment before applying to work at Trail Blazers.

Read more about working at Trail Blazers and what it takes to be a successful counselor: Are you a Trail Blazer at Heart?

Summer of 2014 Schedule

  • Life Guard, Enabler, and Program Specialist Training begins June 9
  • All Staff Training begins June 14
  • Session 1: June 27- July 8
  • Session 2: July 11- July 24
  • Session 3: July 26- August 8
  • Session 4: August 11-August 22
  • Staff Final Day: August 24
  • Post camp work may be available after August 25


    Trail Blazers is hiring for the following positions for the summer of 2014:

    • Group Leaders/Counselors
    • Program Specialists (Biking, Hiking, Adventure, Env Ed.)
    • Lifeguards
    • Program Director
    • Enablers
    • Head Chef
    • Kitchen Staff
    • Head Nurse

    For detailed descriptions of each job, click here.

    Before Applying

    To assess whether Trail Blazers is a good match for you, it is important that you read through our website thoroughly to get a good sense of what the Trail Blazers experience is like. More so than at other programs, the match between Trail Blazers and yourself will determine your experience.

    Our best staff members:

    • Possess a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of children
    • Have an appreciation of and interest in the natural world
    • Have previous experience working with children, particularly children from the inner city
    • Possess very high levels of enthusiasm, leadership, and patience
    • Have obtained, or are pursuing, a degree in education, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, environmental education, outdoor education, or social work
    • Are willing and able to facilitate children’s growth in a challenging, rustic environment
    • Have previous experience, even if informal, with backpacking, camping, hiking, or other adventure-based activities
    • Are at least 19 years old and have had at least one year of post-high school experience

    Are You Ready?

    Whether you are applying for a paid position or wish to volunteer, please start your application right here.

    Please Note: Our Human Resources Department is managed by Vacamas Programs for Youth. When filling out the staff application, make sure to indicate that you are applying for Trail Blazers!

    If we feel that you are a good match for our program, we will contact you. A personal interview is a crucial part of the process; we encourage you to make an informed choice about our program, as we will be making a very informed decision about hiring you. Upon a satisfactory interview, we will arrange a contract for you. You will be hired once you have submitted this signed contract, a complete resume and your references and background checks are positive.

    International Staff

    Participants through international exchange programs such as Camp America or InterExchange have to follow the procedure of their respective programs. All international staff have a 10 week contract. (Last day at camp on or about August 27). If you are interested in joining us, we can work with you and your exchange program to arrange a placement at our camp. You will be required to fill out our application in addition to the application of your exchange program.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Already started the application process? Sign in here to access your CampMinder Dashboard, to make changes to your application, to download forms, or to fill out your Health History. Returning Staff, we've got you started too! Sign in here to update your application and activate your staff file for 2014.


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