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What will I be doing?

As a member of the Cody Community, your main job is to help campers grow, have fun and stay safe — and you help to create the environment where this all happens! Many counselors teach activities, so during the day you will be working with campers from various divisions in that activity, or helping campers get from activity to activity.

What is a normal day like?

A counselor’s day is a lot like our campers’ days: they wake up to reveille at 7:30 a.m. with their cabin and help campers get ready for their day. Together, counselors eat breakfast with their campers at the dining hall. After breakfast, counselors help campers to their activities before heading to their own activity areas.

At lunch, counselors meet their cabin back in the dining hall, enjoy rest hour until 2 p.m., then head back to activities for the afternoon. Then camp gathers for dinner assembly before entering the dining hall for dinner. Dinner is followed by free time, then night activities! Afterwards, counselors and campers retreat back to their cabin and hit the hay to get refreshed for the next day. Follow a camper through their day with our interactive video to see life in action!

What are the employment dates?

Counselors are required to arrive before the summer session for training, and will stay until just after campers leave for the summer to clean up their cabins. Our dates vary a bit with every summer and typically run from mid-June until late August. See the important dates page for specifics.

Where do I sleep?

You will live in a shared cabin with campers and at least one other counselor. Cabins are located on our private, lakeside grounds. On average, our cabins are approximately three years old and have bathroom facilities inside the cabin. Take a peek at our cabins with our virtual tour!

What's the food like?

It’s awesome! We have a very talented full time, year-round chef who provides hundreds of meals to campers and staff in the summer months and preps high quality meals for private events (such as weddings) when camp is not in session. Meals are family-style and portions are unlimited. Drinks and snacks are available in the dining hall all day long, so you’ll never go hungry. Check out our sample menu to get a better idea of what meals are like and learn more about food and health at Cody.

Can I have a car at camp?

Yes, counselors can have their cars on campus. Staff cars must be parked in a designated Staff Parking area away from the main campus.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for counselor positions?

Yes! We have a very diverse group of campers and staff and we welcome people from all over the world to be part of the Cody team.

When will I get paid?

Seasonal staff has the option of getting paid weekly or getting paid in one lump sum at the end of their contract. Upon accepting your offer, you choose which you would prefer.

Will I need to bring spending money?

Spending money is not necessary because everything you need is provided from accommodation to food. However, many counselors do choose to spend money during their time off.

Do I get time off?

Yes! Everyone needs to take a break and we want our staff to remain energized and excited for camp, so counselors get time off to ensure some relaxation and fun. Counselors get one full day of time off per week, in addition to one night off.

Is there a curfew?

Maintaining safety and security on campus is extremely important to us, so we have a curfew of 12:00 a.m. (midnight) for our staff. Those living in cabins should stay in their cabins after lights out while on-duty. During off-duty times, counselors are free to be in the staff lounge until midnight. We understand staff members want to have fun, however, getting enough sleep is necessary for staff members to function well in their role at camp and to be a good role model for campers.

How can I be in touch with friends and family?

Since we are a technology-free campus, counselors are not allowed to use cell phones on campus outside of the Staff Lounge. We provide computers with internet access in the Staff Lounge as well for communicating with family. Staff members may also receive phone calls and emails through our admin. Feel free to give this contact info to family and friends for emergency situations.

What should I bring to camp?

Bring along the necessities: comfortable clothing for hot summer days and cool summer nights, good shoes for hiking, shoes for the waterfront, any medications you need and personal items. We ask that you bring your own toiletries and linens. We take staff trips to stores such as Walmart in case you forget to bring something from home.

What can't I bring to camp?

Pets, computers and anything that may be dangerous.

What if I have piercings and/or tattoos?

Given that we are a children’s camp, we have a policy that if the campers don’t have it, then we shouldn’t have it. No tattoos should show while you are on-duty. Piercings anywhere other than the ears must be taken out.

What is your policy on tobacco and alcohol use?

Camp Cody has a strict substance-free policy. Tobacco and alcohol are never permitted on campus and those found breaking this policy will be terminated.

How can I apply?

Submit your application online before the deadline. Learn more about the application process and what to expect!