Many jobs are easier. Few give back so much.
As a member of the True Friends staff, you’ll have fun, learn about yourself and others, make new friendships, encounter new and challenging experiences. Most of all, you will make a positive impact on children and adults with disabilities. We are committed to finding staff who are friendly, enthusiastic and genuinely care about each participant’s experience.
About camp jobs
*We provide a weekly salary (or weekend salary for respite care), room and board, and the appropriate training to work successfully with our special needs participants.
*Weekly sessions are offered from Sunday through Friday, June—August and late December—January.
*Respite care takes place at Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood 2-3 weekends a month, all year, from Friday until Sunday.
*Some hourly positions may be available.
*All program staff must be willing and able to meet the direct-care and recreational needs of participants, be able to lift at least 40 lbs., be physically and emotionally strong and work well with others.
*Certain programs require program staff to lead or facilitate activities such as swimming, art activities, music and dance, cooking, archery or ropes challenge activities.
**Most camp staff members are required to live on site.
Applying from outside the United States
If you are a citizen of any country other than the United States who would like to apply, go to www.campleaders.com. Still have questions? Call or email us.
Camp Friendship, Camp Courage and Camp Courage North
Assist with direct care. Requires experience working with waterfront/pool environment, knowledge of watercraft and fishing equipment, experience in small group management, current lifeguard, first aid and CPR certificates. WSI helpful.
Arts & Crafts Leader
Plans and leads arts-and-crafts activities; assists with direct care. Prefer student majoring in art education/therapy, occupational therapy, or person having experience planning and leading arts and crafts activities.
Responsible for driving the boat for all tubing activities. Assist in providing a safe environment for campers involved in waterfront activities. Some experience driving boats/watercraft preferred. Must be 21 and have a good driving record.
Camp Courage and Camp Courage North
This position will support and supervise all summer cabin staff. Responsibilities include: creation of summer program activities both oncamp and off-camp, help train, coach and evaluate cabin staff, overall well-being and safety of campers in the cabins, and conduct daily meetings with Cabin Leaders, as well as weekly all-staff meetings. Will also work closely with Program Coordinator to create evening programs. Strong communication skills are required. Must be 21 years old to apply. At least one summer of previous camp experience preferred.
Plan and prepare overnight campouts and maintain equipment, assist with direct care, participate in leading all camp and village activities. Requires strong background in camping; knowledge of camping gear and its care. Organizational skills needed.
Canteen Manager (Summer & Winter Camp)
Work day-to-day operations of the Canteen, which include sales, record keeping, inventory management, organization and cleanliness of store, may be asked to assist with direct care, participate in leading all camp and village activities. Living on site is possible with this role, but not mandatory. Prefer student in sales with financial skills.
Cooking Leader (Summer and Winter Camp)
Teach campers about cooking in cooking sessions. Must be organized, clean, and have a love for and experience in cooking and baking.
Counselor (Summer & Winter Camp)
Typically, 2-4 counselors work together to support 8-10 participants with activities, social interaction and personal care to ensure a quality experience for all. Must be able and willing to meet the direct-care and recreational needs of participants; be physically strong and mentally alert; work well with others and enjoy helping others.
Counselor in Training*1 (CIT*1)
True Friends CIT*1 program is a paid personal & social advancement internship where CIT*1s participate as junior staff members with an emphasis on learning and training. The CIT*1 program initially covers all aspects of camp operation then the focus progressively moves to personal advancement through acquiring skills and experience within a cabin and program.
During activities, CIT*1s spend time in cabins discovering to discover how to efficiently coordinate a cabin group, assist with direct care and ensure a quality experience for all participants. CIT*1s are high school student, age 16 – 17. Must be able and willing to meet the direct-care and recreational needs of participants; be physically strong and mentally alert; work well with others and enjoy helping others. Click here for a comprehensive overview of the CIT*1 program. **Full for summer 2015**
*NEW* Counselor in Training*2 (CIT*2)
True Friends CIT*2 program is a paid personal & social advancement internship where CIT*2s participate as junior staff members with an emphasis on learning and training.True Friends’ CIT*2 program is designed for individuals who have successfully completed the CIT*1 program and want to continue to grow to be an effective, caring, and talented counselor through education and training. CIT*2s will contribute to the camp community in a program staff role.The CIT*2 program will teach participants how camp operates from a programming perspective, and provide them with skills and hands on experience in the camp setting to develop and implement programming at camp. CIT*2s must be 17 years of age; able and willing to meet the direct-care and recreational needs of participants; be physically strong and mentally alert; work well with others and enjoy helping others. Click here for a comprehensive overview of the CIT*2 program. **Full for summer 2015**
Creative Activities Leader (Winter Camp Only)
Plans and leads therapeutic, age-appropriate creative activities, such as arts and crafts, theater, and photography; assists with direct care. Prefer student majoring in art education/therapy, occupational therapy, or person having experience planning and leading arts and crafts.
Day Trip Leader
Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood
Plan and lead day trips, manage budget. Organizational, leadership and travel skills important. Must be at least 21 years of age with a valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record. Participate in leading all camp and village activities. Assist with direct care.
Development Assistant, Summer
This employee would assist with a variety of fund raising activities including special events, facilitating camp socials with donors, compiling data and researching prospects. Other tasks include production of promotional materials, photographing camp activities and other duties as needed. The Development Assistant will gain practical experience under the guidance of working Development professionals. Qualified applicants must be available evenings, have their own transportation, be innovative and flexible. 15 to 20 hours per week at $10.00 per hour. Interested candidates should submit a resume to AlisonS@truefriends.org.
Featured Clubs Leader
Plan, organize and lead special interest sessions in all program areas, assist with direct care and participate in all camp and village activities. Must be creative, flexible and organized.
Lead groups and teach the art of fishing to all ages and abilities, maintain gear and supplies, assist with direct care, participate in leading all camp and village activities.
Lead Counselor (Summer & Winter Camp)
Responsible for taking charge of the cabin to ensure that all duties are completed. Is the main ‘go to’ person for supervisors and is responsible to report all necessary information to supervisors and other staff and volunteers in the cabin. Brings all participant and staffing concerns to supervisors. Previous leadership experience or experience working with people with disabilities preferred, but not required.
Guard in various environments, clean and maintain waterfront facilities, assist with boating and other waterfront activities, assist with direct care. Participate in leading all camp and village activities. Must have current lifeguard and CPR certifications. WSI and first-aid certifications helpful.
Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood
Plan and lead music activities, assist with direct care, participate in leading all camp and village activities. Prefer student majoring in music, music education or music therapy with relevant experience
Camp Courage, Camp Courage North and Camp Friendship
This position will plan and lead activities focusing on nature education, while also teaching clients to be good stewards of the Earth in a fun and interactive way. Typical programs have included educational nature walks, bird watching and nature-focused craft projects.
Photography and Media Leader
Camp Courage and Courage North
This position is responsible for teaching campers the photography process in a fun and interactive way. Competency with digital cameras, computers and photo editing software is required.
Camp Courage and Camp Courage North
This position is responsible for supervision and support of all summer program staff. Responsibilities include: creation of summer program activities both on-camp and off-camp, assist with training and evaluating all summer program staff, help with coaching program staff to create innovative program activities suited to participant groups, and conduct daily meetings with program staff and weekly all-staff meetings. Will also work closely with Cabin Coordinator to create evening programs. Strong communication skills are required. Must be 21 years old to apply. At least one summer of previous camp experience preferred.
Public Relations Assistant
Take cabin and activity photos, record video tape of activities and campers, write daily newsletter and staff/volunteer press releases, assist with direct care. Prefer student or graduate with public relations, marketing or communications major. Prefer applicant to be at least 21 years of age with a valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record.
Recreation Leader (Summer and Winter Camp)
Prefer student majoring in recreation, physical education or therapeutic recreation, or experience planning and leading recreational activities. Will plan/lead recreational activities for children/adults of all ability levels. Assist with direct care.
Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood
Respite Coordinators will plan, lead and direct the respite weekends during the summer. This includes but is not limited to; planning activities, buying supplies, supervising staff and campers during weekend activities and events, assisting staff/campers in the cabin and at activities and communication with caregivers during check in/out and throughout the weekend as needed. This is a Wednesday-Sunday position. Housing will be provided for the summer.
PT Respite Leadership
Camp Eden Wood, Eden Prairie and Camp Friendship, Annandale
The Respite Leadership Staff’s primary responsibility is to lead and direct the respite weekends at Camp Eden Wood or Camp Friendship. This includes but is not limited to, supervising staff and campers during weekend activities and events, assisting staff/campers in the cabin and at activities and communication with caregivers during check in/out and throughout the weekend as needed. 24 hours per week.
Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood
Responsible for the health, personal care needs, safety, planning of activities and general welfare of all participants involved in the weekend respite care. Will assist individuals with physical disabilities or other limitations who need support with eating, walking, transferring, toileting, etc. 1-4 weekends per month. High school graduate, preferably in college; however, successful volunteer and/or junior counselor experience at True Friends may be an acceptable substitute for age requirement. Must be physically and emotionally strong, creative, and flexible. Must be able to communicate effectively and accept constructive comments as well as compliments. Able to work well with others.
**Position available immediately
Ropes Course Facilitator
Lead group games and initiatives, assist with direct care, participate in leading all camp and village programs. Must be enthusiastic, work independently, safety minded and successfully complete True Friends training.
Special Diet/Nutrition Intern
Under the direction of the Camp Friendship site director, the Special Diet/Nutrition intern is directly responsible to develop alternative menus & prepare special diet meals for Conference & Retreat, camp, respite services and staff events.
Summer Office Assistant
Camp Courage | Camp Eden Wood
Full-time Summer Office Assistant is needed for camp in Maple Lake. Work schedule is Sunday – Friday, and will report to the Program Director and Program Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to: organizing camper and cabin information before and after sessions, communicating with campers’ parents and/or caregivers, organize office needs (inventory and mailings), assist with session check-ins and check-outs, assist with program activities and perform other assigned activities as needed.
Experience working with people with disabilities a plus, but not required. Must be at least 16 years old to apply. Candidates should have computer and internet skills, attention to detail, excellent customer service and be an independent worker. Candidate has choice to live on-site or off-site.
Summer Respite Specialist
Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood
The summer respite specialist should be at least 21 and be an approved DOT driver (this can be completed after hire). A college major in a related field is preferred, but experience is an acceptable substitute. Experience in a supervisory role for one or more years in a camp/respite setting and/or strong knowledge of the program is required. The program specialist should hold a current certification in basic first aid and CPR. This is a 13-week position, May through August, with a Wednesday-Sunday work week.
Transportation Manager/Weekend Host
The transportation manager/weekend host should be a college student or graduate and at least 21 years of age. Hold a valid U.S. driver license, and has a clean driver’s record with no more than one moving violation within the past three years. Preferred knowledge of local area or willingness to navigate around city and rural areas. Live in position.
The Trip Leader should be a college student or graduate in adventure-based, outdoor, or environmental education or a related field. Trip leaders motivate group participation in overnight camping experiences, teach new skills and encourage self sufficiency in campout experience, provide a unique, memorable camping experience and enhance personal ability to support campers with disabilities and teach new skills. This job requires wilderness leadership aptitude, excellent people skills, the ability to oversee projects independently, and strong communication skills. Must be interested in leading extended wilderness trips for people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. Some experience with persons with developmental disabilities preferred.
Camp Friendship, Camp Eden Wood and Camp New Hope
Supervise and support all village staff; provide daily support and encouragement by helping in the cabin, solving problems, promoting team work and open communication; run weekly meetings with village staff and meet with individuals to discuss their work in cabins;. work with other village leaders to plan events and weekend trips; act as liaison for caregivers and counselors. Should be at least 21 years old. A college major in a related field is preferred, but experience in the field of developmental disabilities may be an acceptable substitute. One or more years of residential camp experience, preferably in a camp for people with developmental disabilities.
Camp Friendship, Camp Courage and Camp Eden Wood
This is an exciting opportunity for an adult, preferably 21 years or older, to lead our volunteer programs at either Camp Friendship, Camp Courage or Camp Eden Wood. The Volunteer Coordinator will train, supervise and help retain True Friends’ volunteers who provide program support. Camp Friendship Volunteer Coordinators will primarily oversee and operate True Friends’ Youth Development & Leadership programming. Click here to review a complete job description.
Responsible for safety of campers and staff during all aquatic activities. Will assist with instruction for adjusting to water, learning to swim, and adapted activities. Should be at least 18 years old and should have previous experience with waterfront supervision and swimming instruction. A W.S.I. Certificate or an equivalent is preferred and certification in Lifeguard Training is required. Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer is required.
True Friends is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.
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10. You’ll have a great story to tell when people ask, “What did you do last summer?”
9. You’ll have lots of stories for friends and family.
8. We provide free room and board, Internet access and weekend trips to top Minnesota attractions.
7. You’ll receive a comprehensive training program to prepare you to work successfully with campers and their special needs.
6. Volunteers can fulfill service learning requirements for efforts such as earning an Eagle Scout badge, completing an internship or community service obligation.
5. You can add teaching, lesson development, problem solving, leadership skills, behavior management, team player and more to your resume.
4. You’ll be able to create friendships from around the world that will last a lifetime.
3. You’ll be remembered forever by the campers you serve.
2. It is one of the most important, fun and rewarding jobs you could have—you’ll remember the experience forever.
and, the #1 reason to join the True Friends team …
1. YOU’LL LEARN MORE ABOUT YOURSELF THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE, AND THIS LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE WILL PREPARE YOU TO BE A BETTER PROFESSIONAL, PARENT AND HUMAN BEING.