Join Our Team

Camp Hidden Meadows is looking for great people who are willing to work hard, share talents and give everything they’ve got. Forget what you have seen in the movies–working at camp is about making connections with young people, serving as a role model, and putting the needs of others ahead of your own.

You don’t need to be an expert to work at camp, but you need to be willing to give your time, attention, and heart to others. The demands are constant, but the rewards are infinite! Previous staff members frequently report that working at camp was the hardest thing they ever did, but also the best thing. Camp does kids a world of good!

The Summer Program

Camp Hidden Meadows is a private summer program for young people between the ages of 6-16. From mid-June through mid-August we offer 1-week to 4-week sessions with a wide variety of program activities.

Our program focuses on providing opportunities where individuals can work cooperatively, think creatively and face challenges to the best of their ability. Students join our program looking for challenge and acceptance. Although many don’t know exactly what form it will come in, they are all looking for something different than their day-to-day routine. Cooking their own meals, organizing gear, and paddling a whitewater rapid are some of the many challenges students find. Our approach is to offer an organized program, under the direction of caring leaders, where students have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment. In doing this we offer the chance for a rewarding summer where friendships are formed, discoveries made and life long skills enhanced.

Location

Our programs are offered on our 250-acre camp surrounded by the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest in wild and wonderful West Virginia. In our immediate surroundings can be found top-rated rock climbing and mountain biking, fantastic backpacking and a vast array of caves. We enjoy some of the most secluded and beautiful country in the East. Our programs also utilize the New River Gorge National Park, home to one of the oldest rivers in North America, where we take advantage of world-class whitewater and scenic landscapes.

Expectations

Good leaders are the key to the success of our program and create a special experience for all who participate (students and staff). We are looking for genuinely interested adults who can put the needs of their students first. The sincerity of our staff and their enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and skills with young people is imperative. Staff can clearly define limits and give direction without resorting to heavy-handed authority. Staff have the compassion and sound judgment to communicate constructively and effectively. They must have the maturity, patience and sense of humor to be a part of the kids, but not one of the kids. Most importantly, staff understand that campers need close and careful guidance and supervision.

We ask a lot of our staff. Although full of tremendous opportunities for growth and adventure, a summer with Camp Hidden Meadows is not a vacation. We are very much a community at Hidden Meadows and everyone is expected to help each other in all aspects of program and facility management, no matter what their position. We are confident that staff will gain at least as much as they give. Living and working with a group of young people is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Both the campers and staff who participate, have endless opportunities to learn more about themselves (professionally and personally) develop new skills and exposure to a wide variety of talents through the new people they meet. All this can add up to an incredible summer experience.

Schedule

Camp begins with a 7-10 day training/orientation program at camp. During Staff Orientation, you’ll learn about Camp Hidden Meadows philosophies and policies, how to deal with homesickness, camper age characteristics, and much more.

Your daily schedule will include rising early in time for the 7:30 polar bear swim. During the day you will be either with you cabin or instructing activities. Lights out is dependent on the age group of your cabin.

Communications

Staff can easily send and receive snail mail here at camp as well as buy stamps and mail packages. Faxes may be received for free, and sent for a small fee. Staff members have access to WiFi and are welcome to bring a laptop, iPad, etc. provided they do not use it in their cabin.

Meals

Three meals a day are served at camp. We provide a good variety of food that accommodates most tastes and food allergies. There is a vegetarian option available at each meal for staff and campers who have declared being a vegetarian on their health form. If you have specific dietary needs, please share those needs during the hiring process.

Living Accomodations

Most staff members live in cabins. Pets are not allowed. There is not a lot of privacy during the summer, but there is plenty of room for growth, development and fun.

Laundry

We provide laundry service once per week. You are required to bring your own labeled laundry bag. All laundry should be placed into one bag–lights and darks are not separated.

Available Summer Positions

Junior Counselors – 17+ years old and graduating from high school

Junior Counselors eat, sleep and play with their cabin group. Each Junior Counselor is placed with a specific age group for the entire summer, typically our younger age groups. As a Junior Counselor, you’ll have full involvement in daily activities and program of your cabin. This is a position that will have you with your cabin much of the day; the good times, the rewarding times, the absolutely unbelievable times and the occasionally difficult times.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Cabin Specialist

Cabin Specialists eat, sleep and play with their cabin group. Each Cabin Specialist is placed with a specific age group for the entire summer. As a Cabin Specialist, you’ll have full involvement in daily activities and program of your cabin. This is a position that will have you with your cabin much of the day; the good times, the rewarding times, the absolutely unbelievable times and the occasionally difficult times. During certain times of the day you will not be with your cabin: Cabin specialists for ages 9-16 will not be with their cabin group during periods 1 and 2 in the morning. During this time their campers participate in the activities each has chosen. It is during these times that Cabin Specialist are more focused on instructing activities and less on the group dynamics of their particular cabin.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Activity Specialist

Activity Specialists instruct campers, of all ages, in a specific activity. Activity Specialists must have a comprehensive background within their area of interest, as well as the ability to easily adapt and modify lesson plans that suit various age groups (6 – 16 years of age). Although as an Activity Specialist you will instruct children of all ages, you will live in a cabin with a specific age group of kids. When Activity Specialists are not instructing in their area of expertise, they work and travel with their cabin group and during these times act no differently from the Cabin Specialist. We hire activity specialists in the following areas:

Activity specialist are hired to instruct in the following areas:

  • Outdoor Adventure: High Ropes, Rock Climbing, Climbing Wall & Tree, Backpacking, Hiking and Outdoor Living Skills.
  • Aquatics: Lifeguards, Instruction in canoeing, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding, Swimming and Water slide.
  • Performing and Creative Arts: Arts & crafts, sketching/painting, ceramics, woodworking, model rocketry, dance, music, theatre, yoga, and culinary arts.
  • Sports and Rolling Adventures – Basketball, soccer, volleyball, ultimate, lacrosse, archery, disc golf, fishing, games.
  • Biking and Mountain Boarding
  • Farming: Animal care, gardening, ice cream making
  • Equestrian: horse riding and horse care
  • Photographer for Camp and GroPro filming instructor – this person takes photos much of the day and teaches a class on photography and film editing. Photos and short videos are loaded to our website for viewing by families.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Expedition and Travel Coordinator

The Expedition and Travel Coordinator schedules out of camp trips, backpacking trips, white water rafting trips and our shuttle to and from Washington D.C. The Expedition and Travel Coordinator communicates the schedule to staff and campers and then manages execution. Much of the scheduling is done in the camp office and this individual needs to be comfortable in an office setting. The Expedition and Travel Coordinator will also be out in camp working with staff to insure the schedule is communicated clearly to everyone at camp. Must be at least 21 years of age, experienced driver and have a safe driving record.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Unit Leader

Unit Leaders live in a cabin with campers. Unit Leaders know each child in their cabin division, first hand, and are closely connected to the daily routine and events of the day. The primary function of the Unit Leader is to ensure that campers are being well taken care of. This includes, but is not limited to, each camper’s physical well-being, emotional health, and social, medical, and dietary needs. Applicants must posses a keen sense for young people and have excellent organizational and communication skills.

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Director of Food Services

Director of Food Services: responsible for planning and preparing meals, food purchasing and supervision of eight or more staff: assistant cooks, prep cooks, salad maker and dishwashers. In addition to possessing the needed skills in preparing meals the director must have good supervisory and communication skills.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Support Staff

Kitchen, Laundry and Housekeeping: Experience in particular work area is desirable.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Driver

Transportation of campers in 15 passenger vans to an from activities: lake (3 miles), rail trail (6 miles) and rock climbing (34 miles). Must be at least 21 years of age, experienced driver and have a safe driving record.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020 (flexible start date)

Benefits: Competitive salary. Room, meals, internet access, time off and laundry are included.

Camp Nurse and Medical Staff

Spend a fun and rewarding summer with us. We offer competitive pay, comfortable private housing and a wonderful work environment.

Dates of Employment: June 7 – August 15, 2020


Please note: We require that you arrive between 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the day prior to your first day of employment.
Program Director's Date of Employment are May 26 – August 17, 2020.

How to Apply

You may apply online using the link below. You can also download the staff application form, complete it and send it to us. If you cannot download the form, contact our office and we can mail or fax the information to you.

References

We require 3 references with each application. Your application will not be complete until we have received your references. Make sure to use someone you have worked for, volunteered with, or been a student of. Good references are teachers, coaches, volunteer supervisors, or work supervisors. A reference should be able to judge your character and abilities to work with children and others. Do not send a reference from another student, a family member, or friend.

When completing our online staff application you will be asked to provide email addresses for your references. Your references will be emailed a link to complete the reference form online.

Reference Form (PDF) – ONLY use the PDF version if you references prefer to complete the form by hand and not online.

Interviews

After we have received the completed application and both reference forms, we will call/email and set up a time for an interview. Most interviews take place over the phone or by Skype, but if you are close enough to camp, we will request an in-person interview.

Offer of Position

After the interview and reference check process, if you are offered a position, you will be mailed a contract packet with the following five forms:

  • Contract for Employment: One copy to be mailed back to camp by the date indicated. Contracts not submitted by the return date will be void and the position offered to someone else.
  • Personnel Policies: A complete listing of Camp Hidden Meadows’ personnel policies that should be read prior to signing and returning the contract.
  • Background Check Form: Because our staff members work with children under the age of 18, we require that each staff member be submitted to a national criminal background check.
  • Driving Record Form: Staff members must provide us with a completed driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles prior to the arrival at camp – no later than June 1.
  • Physical Examination Form: All staff members must complete our medical form and have it signed by a physician. This form must be returned prior to your arrival at camp – no later than June 1. All fees for the examination are the responsibility of the staff member.
  • Qualified Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. Camp Hidden Meadows is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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