Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


American Camp Association

The American Camp Association serves as an informal and "unofficial" communication link between persons seeking jobs in organized camps and camp directors seeking staff applicants.  We're here to help you with your search. Our ACA sections include: Great Rivers, Illinois, St Louis, and Wisconsin.

Contact Person:  Gordie Kaplan, Chicago Director
Address:   67 E. madison Street, Suite 1406, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone:  312-332-0833          E-Mail:

Contact Person: Charles Caspari, St. Louis Director
Address:  730 Walnut Lane Town and Country, MO 63017
Phone:  314-560-4014  Website:

Wyman Teen Leadership Program

The Wyman Teen Leadership Program is a year-round, six year leadership program for teens who are high potential, yet economically challenged. During the summer, they attend a 21 day residential experience at our 300+ acre camp in Eureka, MO. Our innovative program combines the best practices in adventure/outdoor education, youth development, and academic progress. We are hiring for the following residential positions: outdoor adventure facilitators to lead multi-day camping trips, camp counselors, and seasonal supervisors. Competitive salary plus free room and board provided!

Contact Person:  Jocelyn Masurat 
Address:   600 Kiwanis Drive Eureka, MO 63025
Phone: 635-549-1280         E-Mail:


Camp Jump Start

Camp Jump Start is a residential 4 or 8 week summer camp for ages 9-17 years old serving children from all over the world. We provide a safe, nurturing environment along with fun quality programming to develop the campers' knowledge and abilities in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

Our experienced professional staff guide campers to success with fitness activities, behavior modification, and nutritional education along with well-balanced, portion controlled meals.

Contact Person:  Katie White
Address:   3602 Lions Den Road Imperial, MO 63052
Phone:  636-287-5004         E-Mail:


Camp Cody

Camp Cody is part of a camping heritage that goes back to 1926. Nestled on the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake Ossipee amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Cody offers a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure. A traditional summer camp for both girls and boys, campers range in age from seven to fifteen and CITs beginning their leadership programs at sixteen.

While Camp Cody’s facilities and location are terrific, we believe that it’s our camp counselors that make the summer experience truly special. At Cody you will find a tremendous concentration of “nice campers” and “great role-models” that provide a wonderfully inclusive environment for your child. We have so many first-time camp families in large part because of the emphasis we place on recruiting seasoned staff and outstanding camp moms.

Contact Person:  Gui Alves
Address:   9 Cody Road Freedom, NH 03836
Phone: 603-539-4497       E-Mail:


Camp Marimeta

Description  Camp Marimeta is more than a camp..."It's a Feeling". Look into working in an environment like no other! A place that you become more than just an employee... you become a part of the family! FUN,EXCITEMENT, LAUGHTER AND FRIENDSHIPS THAT LAST A LIFETIME! CALL US... APPLY NOW.. We are seeking Great Personable Experienced Staff. Look no further... you've found the FINEST Girls camp in the land!
**We can also fulfill internships if needed!!!**

Contact Person:  Jacqui Solomon
Address:  3782 Gaffney Drive Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 847-970-4386       E-Mail:


One Step Programs

We are a non-profit organization that provides camp experiences/programs for kids (and their families) that have/had a cancer diagnosis. It is part of our mission to provide these kids (and families) a sense of normalcy that is often altered by a cancer diagnosis. We believe in treating their spirit. we are always looking for spirited volunteers that are interested in assisting in our mission.

Contact Person:  Darryl Perkins
Address: 213 W. Institute Place  Suite 511  Chicago, Ill. 60610 
Phone:  312-235-6838         E-Mail:


Junior Sports Club at Valley Lo Club

Junior Sports Club is a six week sports day camp experience for the children of Valley Lo Club. Each year we hire 60 summer staff to share a summer of sports and fun with over 275 campers. Valley Lo Club is located on a beautiful 38 acre lake located just 20 miles north of Chicago. We are looking to hire several leadership staff positions as well as counselors and sports instructor positions.

Contact Person:  Bryce Post
Address:   2200 Tanglewood Drive, Glenview, IL   60025
Phone:  847-849-6508  E-Mail:

WIU Summer Enrichment Programs

Non-Credit programs provides four summer enrichment youth programs on the Western Illinois University campus. Counselors supervise two art, one film, and one girls math program. Each program is one week on campus. Counselors should be responsible, able to stay overnight in the residence halls with campers, and be willing and able to work in a team environment to coordinate recreational activities and supervise students. Meals and lodging are provided during camps and all counselors are paid for each camp they supervise. WIU students may also receive credit in the areas of education, RPTA, and social work for the summer camp position.

Contact Person:  Helena Lira
Address:   Horrabin Hall 6, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Phone:  309-298-1911  E-Mail:

House in the Wood

For more than a 100 years, House In The Wood Camp in Delavan, Wisconsin has been providing inner city children from Chicago with positive alternatives. We recruit staff members who believe in providing children with positive choices and have something to contribute in a collaborative work environment. Typically, half of our staff returns to House in the Wood for a second season. Our summer camp season runs from June 9th through August 14 (some positions start earlier and end later). Our coed camp sessions are two weeks long. We provide comprehensive staff training that includes Red Cross certifications. We offer a competitive salary, room and board, free laundry and free internet access. See our website for more information and to apply online.

Contact Person:  Val Wright
Address:   3300 Bay Road, Delavan, WI, 53115
Phone:  414-329-7585  E-Mail:

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana have a variety of camps in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin that focus on swimming, hiking, archery, and interactvie, educational programming.

Contact Person:  Laura Bumba
Address:   12N124 Coombs Road, Elgin, IL 60124
Phone:  815-962-5591 ext. 7173  E-Mail:

Camp Kearney

Located 20 miles south of Peoria, Illinois, Camp Kearney is a ministry of South Side Mission. With over 155 acres, Camp Kearney has been providing a free Christian based camping experience to low-income chilren of Peoria and Central Illinois for over 50 years.

Contact Person:  Paul Mulholland
Address:   30,000 Mission Camp Road, Canton, IL 61520
Phone:  309-389-5375  E-Mail:

Camp White Eagle/Kupagani

Camp White Eagle/Camp Kupagani Camp White Eagle offers a variety of programs. Camp Kupugani multicultural camp for girls offers two- and four-week sessions for girls only. Kupugani for boys offers a one-week session for boys only. Campers range in age from 7 to 15 and come from diverse backgrounds. For our Team Building Program, our staff members—by guiding and facilitating a group's movement through an engaging course of structured activities—help organizations of all kinds form solid bonds. Through our Rental Camp program, our staff teams with an incoming group's director to plan different activities to assure that the campers have a safe, enjoyable, and productive stay at camp.

Contact Person:  Kevin Gordon
Address:   6903 W. White Eagle Rd., Leaf River, IL 61047
Phone:  815-738-2754  E-Mail:

Holiday Home Camp

In its 125th year, Holiday Home Camp is a traditional summer camp that serves economically disadvantaged children, grades 2-8, located on Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, WI. 

Contact Person:  Stacy Usher
Address:   361 North Lake Shore Drive, P.O. Box 10, Williams Bay, WI 53191
Phone:  262-245-5161  E-Mail:

Camp Eastman/Saukenauk Scout Reservation

Mississippi Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America operates two, week long summer residential camps. Saukenauk Scout Reservation is a 602 acre camp with a 40 acre lake and Camp Eastman is a 302 acre camp that sits on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Contact Person:  David Lane
Address: Camp Eastman 750 E County Road, 1780 Nauvoo, IL 62354 
               Saukenauk Scout Reservation 2948 E 1000th St, Mendon, IL 62351
Phone:  319-754-8413  E-Mail:

Camp Henry Horner

Camp Henry Horner is a day and overnight camp in north eastern Illinois for typically developing children, K - 10th grade.  We have arts & crafts, dance, drama, music, indoor cooking, nature, ropes course, pool, and lake!  Still looking for interns, specialists, and general counselors!

Contact Person:  Isaac Brubaker
Address:   26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone:  847-740-5010  E-Mail:

JCYS Camp Red Leaf

Camp Red Leaf serves children and adults with various disabilities in an overnight camp setting. We are located on 180 acres and share the grounds with Camp Henry Horner. Our programs for campers include arts, ropes, swimming, music and our famous talent show.

Contact Person:  Erin Newport
Address:   26710 W Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone:  847-740-5010  E-Mail:

Camp Pokanoka

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana operates five summer camps in the Chicago metropolitan area and we’re looking for energetic, positive role models.  Our camps are in Valparaiso, IN (resident camp); East Troy, WI (resident camp); Ottawa (resident camp), Palos Park (day camp), and Woodridge (day camp), IL.  Positions include counselors, unit leaders, program specialists, program directors, and aquatics staff.

Contact Person:  Peggy Brothers
Address:   20 South Clark, #200, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone:  312-416-2500  E-Mail:

Banner Day Camp

We are a traditional summer day camp serving campers from 3 to 12 in Lake Forest, IL. We offer extensive sports, aquatics, creative arts, performing arts and adventure programs.

Contact Person:  Niki Papak
Address:   1225 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone:  847-295-4900  E-Mail:

WeHaKee Camp for Girls

Since 1923, WeHaKee Camp for Girls has been a summer haven for girls in Northern Wisconsin. WeHaKee is a community with girls from different countries, religions, cultures, races and economic backgrounds. Girls choose from more than 40 activities – including waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming (lake and heated pool), horseback riding, pottery, tennis, gymnastics, jewelry making and more! Camp WeHaKee staff inspire girls to become women whose lives embrace the values of community, compassion, justice, truth and peace. At the heart of WeHaKee is relationship! Accredited by American Camp Association

Contact Person:  Bob Braun
Address:   N8104 Barker Lake Road, Winter, WI 54896
Phone:  608-787-8304  E-Mail:

Y-Zone Day Camp

We serve roughly 100 students for 11 weeks.  We are located on the northwest side of Peoria on a 70 acres campus. Hours run from 7:00-5:30pm M-F. We offer swim lessons at our Olympic size pool, and have programs dedicated to teaching fitness, character education, devotions, red cross, 4-H, field trips and Vacation Bible School. We are looking to provide different themed weeks this year as well as focusing on outdoor education/adventure based programming. We are looking for those students who are interested in therapeutic recreation as well.

Contact Person:  Paul Larson
Address:   7000 N Fleming Lane, Peoria, IL 61614
Phone:  309-692-7631  E-Mail:

Camp Anne

Camp Anne offers a fun-filled, loving, nurturing, and safe environment for children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also have physical and/or medical needs. As a staff member you will be challenged to promote the camper's ability to communicate, interact and increase independence in daily living skills through participation in carefully supervised traditional summer camp experiences. These include arts and crafts, boating, dance, music, nature, sports, swimming, and other camp wide events.If you are ready for the toughest job you'll ever experience, and willing to give unconditional love and understanding working with people with disabilities, this may be the place for you to find the most rewarding time of your life.

Contact Person:  Michael Rose
Address:   228 Four Corners Road, Ancramdale, New York 12503
Phone:  518-329-5649  E-Mail:

Camp Loud Thunder/Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Loud Thunder Scout Reservation (Illinois City, IL) and Ingersoll Scout Reservation (London Mills, IL) are Boy Scout Camps that run summer programming for Boys ages 6-18.  However, the main age group is the Boy Scout Camp serving Boys ages 11-18.  Both camps hire seasonal staff to instruct in multiple areas such as a Pool/Waterfront, Ecology Center, Craft Center, Outposts, Shooting Ranges, High Ropes courses and Climbing walls,  We are looking for staff members 18+ that can be employed during June and July 2013 to serve on Camp Staff.

Contact Person:  Anna Hudak
Address:   4412 North Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52806
Phone:  563-388-7233  E-Mail:

Camp Anokijig

For 86 years, Camp Anokijig has offered campers age’s 7-16 resident camp experiences of 3 days to 9 wks. 1 hour north of Milwaukee, WI, activities include sailing, swimming, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, wilderness skills, rock-climbing, adventure tripping, plus more! Staff positions run 10 1/2 to 15 weeks (including training). Anokijig counselors gain leadership experience supervising a program area as well as a living unit. Free lifeguard certification course available.

Contact Person:  Darin Holden
Address:   W5639 Anokijig Ln, Plymouth, WI 53073
Phone:  800-741-6931  E-Mail:

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana operates four summer camp programs.  Day and resident camp programs are available.  Camps are located in Morgantown, IN; Lafayette, IN; Poland, IN; and Indianapolis, IN.  Specialized staff (lifeguards, crafts, nature, kitchen, horse instructors, healthcare, etc.) and general camp counselor positions are available.

Contact Person:  Ellen Winking
Address:   2611 Waterfront Pkwy. E. Dr., Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone:  317-924-6834  E-Mail:

YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln

Camp Abe Lincoln is an overnight and day camp where we put children in intentional situations that will positively impact their life.  Campers will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe, shoot bows and arrows and ride a horse; but more importantly, they will learn self-confidence, independence, community, friendship, and spiritual growth.  We change lives every day. 

Contact Person:  Nicholas Martinez
Address:   1624 W. Front St., Blue Grass, IA 52726
Phone:  563-381-3053  E-Mail:

Wisconsin Badger Camp

Wiscinsin Badger Camp serves adults and children with developmental and physical disabilities in a residental camp setting in the beautiful rolling hills of Southwestern Wisconsin. 

Contact Person:  Melissa David
Address:   PO Box 723, Platteville, WI 53818
Phone:  608-348-9689  E-Mail:

The Salvation Army Eagle Crest Camp

The Salvation Army Eagle Crest Camp is located about 35 minutes northeast of Peoria, Illinois.  Our summer camping season operates from the end of May to the end of July. We are a Christian camp that will minister to roughly 1,000 mostly underprivileged children ages 6-17 over the course of the summer.  Staff needed: Lifeguards, Counselors, Kitchen Staff (Cooks, Wait Staff, Dishwashers), Program Staff, Maintenance, Office/Support Staff, and Camp Nurse.

Contact Person:  Gary Dobney
Address:   823 Columbia Road, Washburn, IL 61570
Phone:  309-248-7121  E-Mail:

YMCA Camp Pinewood

YMCA Camp Pinewood is an Overnight Resident camp located on the edge of the Manistee National Forest in the Twin Lake, MI. Established in 1925, we have been working with diverse populations from the Chicago-Land area for over 85 years. Our private lake, lush forests and cozy cabins provide the perfect backdrop to help our campers learn autonomy, promote creativity, and teach them skills that they will use through-out their lives. Each year, we look for compassionate and talented college-aged counselors who will help us promote the Y's cause and nurture our campers. If you feel like you were meant for more, something special, come join us in the Pinewood hills.

Contact Person:  Joanna Otis
Address:   4230 Obenauf Rd., Twin Lake, MI 49457
Phone:  231-821-2421  E-Mail:

The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids is a medical based camping facility that provides children with terminal and chronic illnesses the opportunity to attend camp that otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so. Located in the rolling hills of Kentucky, our facility provides the same activities as traditional camps with all the necessary modifications that pertain to a child's illness. Illnesses served are, but are not limited to, Hematology/Oncology, Sickle Cell Anemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma, Cardiac, and Autism to name a few.

Contact Person:  Emily Cosby
Address:   1501 Burnley Rd., Scottsville, KY 42164
Phone:  270-618-2900  E-Mail:

Camp Silverbrook/Camp Alice Chester

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast offers day camp, resident camp, adventure camps, troop overnight events, and more! Positions are available at Camp Silverbrook (day camp and troop overnights) and at Camp Alice Chester (resident camp and adventure camps). GSWISE camps offer a variety of programs and themes for girls in 1st grade through graduating seniors. Positions, salary, room & board, and dates vary by camp. Please visit and click on ʺSummer Job Opportunitiesʺ for more information. 

Contact Person:  Sara Reeder
Address:   PO Box 14999, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone:  800-565-4475  E-Mail:

Peoria Park District

Peoria Park District offers many career opportunities-several summer day camps, internships, classroom hours and seasonal and full-time jobs. Visit for more information

Contact Person:  Tom Miller
Address:   6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Phone:  309-691-6295  E-Mail:

Sherwood Forest Camp

Sherwood Forest Camp is nestled on 487 acres, just 100 miles south of St. Louis, in Lesterville, Missouri. Campers can explore forests, meadows, a 15-acre lake, creeks, and nearby state parks. We annually serve up to 350children and adolescents ages 7 to 16, predominantly from families living in poverty. We are committed to providing the highest quality camp experiences for children and adolescents from diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. Our campers live together in a residential camp setting, participate in fun and challenging activities; practice team-building and decision-making skills; develop independence and responsibility; and learn to respect themselves, each other, and the natural environment.

Contact Person:  Michael Castulik
Address:   2708 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone:  314-644-3322  E-Mail:

North Star Camp

North Star Camp is a residential boys summer camp in Northern Wisconsin. Founded in 1945 we've been providing meaningful summer experiences for kids from all over the US. Each summer we hire approximately 75 staff from all over the US and abroad.Our balanced program offers a diverse set of programs. Our campers enjoy athletics, water sports, adventure programming and arts. We also have an strong wilderness tripping program. We are looking for staff with skills in these areas. Dates of employment are June 9 - August 9, 2013. North Star pays a very competitive summer salary, reimburses for travel expenses and will also pay to put staffers through various certification courses. Room and board is also included. You should enjoy working in a team setting. All of our staff must also pass a background check. We're looking for people eager to spend their summers as a part of our community, making a difference in the lives of children. 

Contact Person:  Dan Lichtenstein
Address:   10970 W Boys Camp Road, Hayward, WI 54843
Phone:  715-462-3254  E-Mail:

Rhodes France Scout Reservation

We operate a Boy Scout Summer Camp for Lincoln Trails Council, from Decatur, IL.  The camp has around 400 Scouts each summer and has several different program areas including Waterfront, Swimming Pool, Shooting Sports, Outdoor Skills, Eco/Conservation, Handicraft, and more.

Contact Person:  Bob Wetzel
Address:   RR 3 Box 144, Pana, IL 62557
Phone:  217-429-2326  E-Mail:

Life Adventure Center

ʺWhere ADVENTURE is our middle name!ʺ  Join a dynamic team of experiential education professionals in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region, Kentucky. Life Adventure Center is an educational non-profit that uses hands-on learning in a natural setting. Receive great training and outdoor education experience in several program areas: high and low ropes challenge course, horsemanship, wilderness living trips, mountain biking. We have 575 acres, including a working farm and woodlands. We seek a limited number of positive and energetic seasonal facilitators to help with all aspects of summer programming including four, week long day camps for kids as well as overnight canoe camping trips with military families and high ropes challenge courses with school and corporate groups.  We provide rustic housing, a $2,200 stipend, great training and the summer of a lifetime! Internship credit also available.

Contact Person:  Tim Magill
Address:   570 Milner Road, PO Box 447, Versailles, Kentucky 40383
Phone:  859-873-3271  E-Mail:

Western Illinois Museum Time Travelers Camp

Children entering 2nd through 6th grade are invited to journey back in time to explore key events in history and investigate how they impacted the lives of those in our region. Campers will learn in a fun and engaging environment as they study the museum’s artifacts, visit with guest speakers and participate in hands-on activities.

Contact Person:  John Ceglarek
Address:  209 S. Lafayette St. Macomb, IL, 61455Phone:  309-837-2750E-Mail:

Blue Mountain Cenrer/ American Diabetes Association Camp EDI

Camp EDI is an acronym for the three cornerstones of a healthy, active life: Exercise, Diet and Insulin. Medical professionals are on staff at all times supervising blood sugars, insulin doses, and diets. A Health Lodge is located on site with hospital facilities nearby. Staff consists of Pediatric Endocrinologists, nurses, dietitians and counselors. All counselors are over 18 years of age, most having personal diabetes management experience. All staff undergoes a screening process and receives a minimum of 24 class-time hours of pre-camp training.
Camp offers campers the opportunity to experience the fun of camp in a medically safe environment. Besides the typical camp activities, such as swimming, boating, hikiing, and arts and crafts, campers participate in daily, ""wellness classes,"" diabetes education with a member of our medical staff. The campers learn diabetes self-management skills and the importance of counting carbohydrates, diet and exercise. They also learn to be more independent in their diabetes management while at camp. Most importantly, they are able to interact with other children who relate to the challenges of living with diabetes.

Blue Mountain Center:

We value providing a safe environment of Christian love in which to experience God’s presence; developing an appreciation of God’s creation, promoting stewardship of human, environmental, and financial resources; lifting up God’s call to discipleship; and equipping our campers with the faith and skill needed for re-entry and living in the world outside the camping environment.

Blue Mountain Center currently employees 4 full-time employees and 30 summer staff during the 2013 summer camp season. 
Now hiring Summer Camp Residential Staff ! We are looking to hire 13 energetic staff members that LOVE GOD, love children, and love the outdoors! The position runs from the end of May through the end of July."

Contact Person:  Katie Risch
Address:  "American Diabetes Association, Camp EDI 425 S Woods Mill Rd Suite 110  Town and Country, MO 63017
Blue Mountain UM Center1020 Madison 9570 Fredericktown, MO 63645  Phone: ADA:314-822-5490, BMC:573-546-6265

Great Oaks Camp

Since 1972, Great Oaks has been serving the urban youth of Peoria, Illinois. Over the past decades, we have provided a free week of camp to thousands of low-income youth. In a safe, rural atmosphere, Great Oaks' staff seeks to demonstrate the love of God to children who are surrounded by drugs.

Contact Person:  Paul Tanner
Address:   1380 CR 900 N, Lacon, IL 61540
Phone:  309-246-4005  E-Mail: