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.
Application for Day Camp Staff 2024 will open soon.
“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 campers’ 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 Full Summer Salary Qualifications
Day Camp Counselor 17 $250/week All applicants must be available to attend the mandatory staff training week of June 10-15.
At the time of their first week of work beyond staff training, applicants MUST:
Be at least 17 years of age (for the summer of 2024 applicants must be 17 by July 21, 2024 and their weeks of work will be limited to weeks after their 17th birthday)
Have completed their Junior year of High School
Applicants for this job must have a positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model.
Cabin Counselor 18 $4,400 - $4,600 A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model.
Equestrian Cabin Counselor 18 $4,440 - $4,600 A positive attitude and desire to be an excellent role model. Teaching experience and/or CHA Certification a plus.
Program Support Specialist 19 $4,750-$5,450 Program Support Specialists work in at least one specific area in support of all camp programs which supports counselors and campers. Specializations could include Aquatics, High Adventure, Activity specialist, Camp Store, or Arts & Crafts. All Program Support specialists are considered fill-in cabin counselors and will be assigned auxiliary responsibilities considered other duties as needed in support of camp programs.
Barn Specialist 18 $4,750 - $4,950 A positive attitude, willingness and ability to work hard, and comfortable around horses and other animals.
Administrative Assistant 18 $4,440 - $5,000 Must have excellent written and phone communication skills, and ability to work independently.
Leadership Center Program Staff 21 $4,850 - $5,000 Can be structured as an internship. Works directly with groups served through the Tecumseh Leadership Center. Responsibilities include facilitating team building activities, running program areas, and hosting groups that are on site.
Multimedia Specialist 18 $4,750 - $4,950 Digital photography, videography, computer media, or other media creation experience. Other IT experience needed as well.
Adventure Trip Counselor 21 $4,440 - $4,600 Lead campers on off-site adventure trips. Ability to drive 15 passenger vehicle, clean driving record, Lifeguard Certification.
Overnight Camp Salary Information:
All salaries include a $75/week bonus paid at completion of contract.
Example: Counselor weekly salary = $440/week (paid at $365/week + $75/week bonus at the completion of contract)
Overnight Camp Additional Salary Potential:
- Returning Bonus = $10/week/year of experience (max of additional $20/week)
- Lifeguards = $75/week
- Horsemanship = $25/week
- High ropes = $25/week
- Full summer bonus = $350 (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.”
2024 Summer Staff Schedule
Subject to Change
|Item||Dates||Additions for Training / Certification|
|Leadership Staff Training|
Unit coordinators, Village leaders
|May 17-18||Regular salary paid during this time|
|CILT Leader Training|
Mandatory for CILT program leaders
For those whose American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification has expired, or is just about to expire.
|TBD||Additional $75.00 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 $75.00 per week of camp to anyone possessing a current lifeguard certification.|
|Support Staff Training |
Required for all non-cabin counselor support staff positions.
|TBD||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 19-22||Additional $25 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 19-24||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 19-22||Additional $25 per week of camp.|
|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 28-30||Regular salary paid during this time|
|All Overnight Camp Staff Training||May 30 - June 7||Regular salary paid during this time|
|Overnight Camp||June 9-August 10||Regular salary paid during this time|
|All Day Camp Staff Training||June 10-15||Regular salary paid during this time|
|Day Camp||June 17 -Aug 2||Regular salary paid during weeks worked|
“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 Meg Piechocki.
Day Camp staff members work between 3 to 8 weeks during the summer, depending on their availability. These weeks aren’t necessarily consecutive. Day Camp staff members must be available to attend the mandatory staff training week of June 10-15. At the time of their first week of work beyond staff training, applicants MUST: Be at least 17 years of age (for the summer of 2024 applicants must be 17 by July 21, 2024 and their weeks of work will be limited to weeks after their 17th birthday) AND have completed their junior year of high school. 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.
Application coming soon.
“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.