Summer Staff

Changing the World Starts Here

Get ready to embark on a summer that will alter the trajectory of your life. Few experiences are as profound or impactful as a summer spent working at Camp Tecumseh.

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer of 2020. Please visit this page in October to apply for Summer 2021!


“Being a counselor at Camp Tecumseh was  the most significant formative experience of my college career. The four summers I spent on staff helped me grow into the person and teacher I am today like no other experience.”

Camp Tecumseh doesn’t just change our camper’s lives. It can change yours.

Camp Tecumseh recently conducted a survey of over 100 past Tecumseh counselors to gauge the impact of a Tecumseh experience on their lives.

Faith Development


My time working at Tecumseh strengthened my personal faith development


Because of my experience, I’m more comfortable talking about my faith



I felt loved at Tecumseh


Camp Tecumseh taught me how to better love others.



I consider my Tecumseh friends some of my best friends


I still keep in touch with the friends I made at Tecumseh



My time at Tecumseh helped me grow in self confidence.


My time working at Tecumseh helped make me a better leader in my work and life.

Career Preparation


My Tecumseh experience helped prepare me for my career.


I still use the skills I learned at Tecumseh in my every day work.

“When I interview for jobs, it’s hard for me to not talk exclusively about Tecumseh, simply because it was the most valuable source of personal, spiritual, and leadership growth I’ve ever experienced.”

Summer Staff Positions

Find your perfect fit

All staff positions require a positive attitude, commitment to safety, integrity, commitment to Christian values, and a determination to give 100% to the children and the job.  

 PositionMin. Age SalaryQualifications
Cabin Counselor18$2,650 – $3,850A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model.
Equestrian Camp Counselor18$2,900 – $4,225A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model. Teaching experience and/or CHA Certification a plus.  Position begins May 24, 2020
Barn Staff18$2,650 - $3,750A positive attitude, willingness and ability to work hard, and comfortable around horses and other animals.  Position begins May 16
Aquatics Staff19$3,000 – $4,300Current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, experience in aquatic safety and supervision (open water a plus).
Camp Stores Manager21$2,750 - $3,850Excellent organization skills and comfortable with various computer programs.  Retail sales experience a plus.
Dining Hall Supervisor/Assistant Store Manager18$2,500 – $3,250Leadership experience. Comfortable giving instructions to large groups.
Administrative Assistant18$2,500 – $3,250Must have excellent written and phone communication skills and ability to work independently.
Staff Aide/Townrun18$2,500 – $3,250Valid Driver's License. Willing to spend time running errands.
Creative Arts Director18$2,750 – $3,800Knowledge and skills of various crafts: ceramics, basketry, bead work, general crafts
Multi-Media Specialist18$2,750 – $3,800Digital photography, computer media, or other media creation experience. Other IT experience needed as well!
Tripping Staff21$2,750 – $3,850Lead campers on off-site adventure trips. Ability to drive 15 passenger vehicle, clean driving record, Lifeguard Certification.

Salary Information:

Weekly Salary = $265/week (Paid at $190/week + $75/week bonus at the completion of contract)

Additional Salary Potential:

  • Returning Bonus = $20/week/year of experience (max of additional $40/week)
  • Lifeguards = $50/week
  • High Ropes = $10/week
  • Target Sports = $10/week
  • Full summer bonus = $100 (for staff that work staff training + all 9 weeks)

“I learned how to love myself and discovered what it means to be confident. I learned that it was okay to make mistakes. I learned how to be a strong leader, how to communicate, and how to problem solve constructively. I learned how to be a good friend and role model. I use many of the skills I learned at Tecumseh at work every single day. It’s impossible for me to imagine who or what I would be had I not worked at Tecumseh.”

2020 Summer Staff Schedule

Subject to Change

ItemDatesAdditions for Training / Certification
Leadership Staff Training
(Unit Coordinators and Village Directors only)
TBDRegular salary paid during this time.
Teambuilding/Facilitation Training
Learn the skills necessary to lead group discussions, build teamwork, and get the most out of every activity. Includes training on the Amazing Camp Race and teams course.
May 12-13No extra pay, but it’s fun!
Target Sports Training
Gain the skills needed to supervise and instruct campers at the archery, riflery & atlatl range
May 14-15Additional $10.00 per week of camp.
Lifeguard Training
Upon successful completion of this training participants will receive certification through the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard which includes First Aid, CPR, and AED.
May 17-22Additional $50.00 per week of camp to anyone possessing a current lifeguard certification.
Lifeguard Recertification
For those whose American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification has just, or is just about to expire
May 15-16Additional $50.00 per week of camp to anyone possessing a current lifeguard certification.
High Ropes Training
Learn the skills needed to instruct/facilitate camp program areas such as the rock climbing wall, Skywalkers High Ropes Course, and the zip line.
May 24-27Additional $10.00 per week of camp.
High Ropes Recertification
For those who have gone through Camp Tecumseh High Ropes Training in the past
May 28Additional $10.00 per week of camp.
Aquatics Day
For those who are interested in teaching lake clinics (canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, fishing) as well as swim lessons at the pool.
May 28No extra pay, but lots of fun in the sun!
Horsemanship Training
Participants will learn the skills and techniques necessary to develop and teach lessons in our Horsemanship Program at Camp Tecumseh. Experience with horses is preferred but not required.
May 24-27Additional $10.00 per week of camp.
Equestrian Staff (Equestrian Staff Only)
Become familiar with Camp Tecumseh Equestrian Program, horses, lesson format and guidelines, and staff.  Required for all Equestrian Staff
May 24-28Regular salary paid during this time
Media Team Training
Become familiar with Camp Tecumseh's media equipment and philosophy. Learn the in's and out's of what it takes to tell the story of summer at Tecumseh.  Required for all Media Staff.
May 26-28Regular salary paid during this time
All Overnight Camp Staff Training May 29-June 5Regular salary paid during this time
Summer CampJune 7-August 8Regular salary paid during this time
All Day Camp Staff Training Week of June 7Regular salary paid during this time
Day CampJune 16 -Aug 3Regular salary paid during this time

Salary Information:

Weekly Salary = $265/week (Paid at $190/week + $75/week bonus at the completion of contract)

Additional Salary Potential:

  • Returning Bonus = $20/week/year of experience (max of additional $40/week)
  • Lifeguards = $50/week
  • High Ropes = $10/week
  • Target Sports = $10/week
  • Full summer bonus = $100 (for staff that work staff training + all 9 weeks)

“Even though I considered taking an internship one summer that I thought was more relevant to my college major, I made the best decision for my career to work another summer at Camp Tecumseh. Tecumseh prepared me for life in ways I couldn’t have possibly imagined.”


Overnight Camp

Overnight and Equestrian Camp staff opportunities include the position of camp counselor, along with a number of support and administrative roles. Overnight staff members must be 18 years old, and must have completed their first year of college. All potential staff must pass a background check, including nationwide criminal and sex offender registry checks. Staff commit to live at camp for staff training and the nine weeks of the camp season. For more information contact Matt Radding.

Day Camp

Day Camp staff members work between 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 weeks during the summer, depending on their availability. These weeks aren’t necessarily consecutive. Day Camp staff members must have completed at least their junior year of high school and be at least 17 years of age by the first day of Day Camp staff training (June 8th, 2020). They live on site with an overnight camp cabin group during their employment and hold a range of positions, from counselor to assistant director. For more information, contact Jordan Seeger.

“Working at Camp was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I’ve been a best man twice because of Camp. I’ve made my best friends here.”

International Staff

Role models come from everywhere

If you live outside of the United States, we ask that you apply through one of the following international placement organizations. Since face-to-face interviews and police background checks are required, we cannot place you directly. When you contact the organization you can tell them you would like your application sent to Camp Tecumseh YMCA first. If we don’t have a position to fit your skills and talents, you would then have the opportunity to be placed at another camp.

These organizations will be able to tell you where to contact them in your home country and what process you must go through. If you are a student in the United States, you may be able to go through the International office at your university so check with them first.

International Exchange of North America (IENA)




More Opportunities

We’re so much more than a Summer Camp.

Camp Tecumseh has programs that operate all year long. From weekend retreats to field trips for school groups we never stop working to make the world a better place. If you’re interested in non-summer seasonal positions; kitchen, housekeeping, or maintenance positions; or full-time positions, we’ve got you covered.

More Opportunities