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.
Applications for summer 2021 are now available!
“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.
“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.
Position Min. Age Salary Qualifications
Cabin Counselor 18 $2,650 – $3,850 A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model.
Equestrian Camp Counselor 18 $2,900 – $4,225 A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model. Teaching experience and/or CHA Certification a plus. Position begins May 30, 2021
Barn Staff 18 $2,650 - $3,750 A positive attitude, willingness and ability to work hard, and comfortable around horses and other animals. Position begins May 21,2021
Aquatics Staff 19 $3,000 – $4,300 Current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, experience in aquatic safety and supervision (open water a plus).
Camp Stores Manager 21 $2,750 - $3,850 Excellent organization skills and comfortable with various computer programs. Retail sales experience a plus.
Dining Hall Supervisor/Assistant Store Manager 18 $2,500 – $3,250 Leadership experience. Comfortable giving instructions to large groups.
Administrative Assistant 18 $2,500 – $3,250 Must have excellent written and phone communication skills and ability to work independently.
Staff Aide/Townrun 18 $2,500 – $3,250 Valid Driver's License. Willing to spend time running errands.
Creative Arts Coordinator 18 $2,750 – $3,800 Knowledge and skills of various crafts: ceramics, basketry, bead work, general crafts
Multi-Media Specialist 18 $2,750 – $3,800 Digital photography, computer media, or other media creation experience. Other IT experience needed as well!
Tripping Staff 21 $2,750 – $3,850 Lead campers on off-site adventure trips. Ability to drive 15 passenger vehicle, clean driving record, Lifeguard Certification.
Weekly Salary = $275/week (Paid at $200/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.”
2021 Summer Staff Schedule
Subject to Change
|Item||Dates||Additions for Training / Certification|
|Leadership Staff Training|
(Unit Coordinators and Village Directors only)
|TBD||Regular salary paid during this time.|
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 18-19||No 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 20-21||Additional $10.00 per week of camp.|
For those whose American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification has just, or is just about to expire
|May 21-22||Additional $50.00 per week of camp to anyone possessing a current lifeguard certification.|
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 23-28||Additional $50.00 per week of camp to anyone possessing a current lifeguard certification.|
|Support Staff Training |
Required for all non-cabin counselor support staff positions.
|May 27-28||Regular salary paid during this time|
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 30-June 2||Additional $10.00 per week of camp.|
|Equestrian Staff Training (Equestrian Staff Only)|
Become familiar with Camp Tecumseh Equestrian Program, horses, lesson format and guidelines, and staff. Required for all Equestrian Staff
|May 30-June 3||Regular salary paid during this time|
|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 30-June 2||Additional $10.00 per week of camp.|
|High Ropes Recertification|
For those who have gone through Camp Tecumseh High Ropes Training in the past
|June 3||Additional $10.00 per week of camp.|
For those who are interested in teaching lake clinics (canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, fishing) as well as swim lessons at the pool.
|June 3||No extra pay, but lots of fun in the sun!|
|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.
|June 1-3||Regular salary paid during this time|
|All Overnight Camp Staff Training||June 4-11||Regular salary paid during this time|
|Summer Camp||June 13-August 14||Regular salary paid during this time|
|All Day Camp Staff Training||Week of June 14||Regular salary paid during this time|
|Day Camp||June 20 -Aug 7||Regular salary paid during this time|
“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 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 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 14th, 2021). 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.”
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) – www.iena.org
Camp Leaders – www.campleaders.com
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.