Summer Camp Jobs & Internships

True Friends runs summer camp at all four Minnesota camp locations: Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Eden Wood, and Camp Courage North.

We hire 250+ staff to make camp happen – from counselors and leadership who directly support our campers, to admin, marketing, and kitchen staff who work behind the scenes to enhance campers’ experience. Everyone has a place at True Friends camps – including you!

Summer 2018 hiring runs September 2017-April 2018, but positions fill fast and are not guaranteed by the spring. All positions are listed below along with their job description. If you’re unsure of what role would be best for you or which site would be best, don’t hesitate to send your resume to Seasonal Recruitment department: hireme@truefriends.org

You should apply if you are:
– Passionate about making a difference in the world.
– Organized and are able to pay great attention to detail.
– Willing to step outside your comfort zone.
– Motivated to take initiative and be a role model for all staff, volunteers, and campers.
– Able to support others with daily living skills.
– Happy to live and work in a communal setting.
– Eager to take initiative and have a strong work ethic.
– Able to be flexible and adapt to an ever-changing environment.

CPR/First Aid certified, Lifeguard certified, camping experience, prior experience with the population are highly valued but NOT required. All seasonal camp positions include comprehensive training, housing & meals. Hourly positions may not provide housing. Wages are determined based on experience and will be discussed in the interview.

We hire on a rolling basis which means we screen applicants and conduct phone interviews typically within 2 weeks of receiving an app. If you’re interested in a position, it’s highly encouraged you apply today!

If you’re looking to complete a for-credit internship, please email internship requirements packet to HireMe@truefriends.org

Counselor / Direct Care Roles
Leadership Roles
Administrative Roles
Healthcare Roles
Support Roles

If you’re ready for a life-changing summer camp job, we’re ready for you to join our team!

Questions? HireMe@truefriends.org


Counselor / Direct Care Roles


Cabin Counselor

*Positions available*
As a Cabin Counselor you will…
– Be a caregiver for camper’s social, emotional and physical needs.
– Be a leader of fun, friends and adventure.
– Manifest a loving and inclusive environment.
– Provide opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities to reach outside of their comfort zones and experience adventure and skill building they don’t get anywhere else.
– Set clear expectations, ensure basic needs are being met, build rapport, and create opportunities for fun and learning.
– Have the opportunity to work at all 4 of True Friends’ camps.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 18+
View the full position description here.

Activities Counselor

*Positions available*
As an Activities Counselor, you will…
– Use & learn skills to lead a variety of activities from high ropes to arts and crafts, from large group games to adaptive archery and so. much. more.
– Learn how to adapt all activities to meet the needs of all your campers.
– Create opportunities for empowerment and independence.
– Facilitate team building, social skill development, and just plain fun.
– Have the opportunity to work at all 4 of True Friends’ camps.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 18+
– Comfortable coaching small and large groups.
View the full position description here.


Leadership Roles

Assistant Program Manager

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As an Assistant Program Manager you will…
– Provide support for site manager.
– Have the opportunity to manage and mentor seasonal camp staff.
– Provide logistical and administrative support for weekly adapted programs.
– Be trained as a Department of Transportation driver.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 21+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Activities Coordinator

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As an Activities Coordinator you will…
– Design and implement innovative and adaptive activities for youth and adults with varying abilities.
– Support and mentor Activities Counselors in providing high quality activity sessions.
– Facilitate scheduling and coordinate activity details to provide high quality experience for campers.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 21+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Cabin Coordinator

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As a Cabin Coordinator you will…
– Care for the training, supervision, evaluation, and mentoring your team of Cabin Counselors
– Develop and implement behavioral support and interventions for campers with a variety of physical, developmental, and social disabilities.
– Be the main contact for caregivers and families of campers.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 21+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Youth Development Coordinator

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As the Youth Development Coordinator you will…
– Share responsibilities with co-Youth Development Coordinator at Camp Friendship.
– Responsible for running youth development programs each week.
– Supervise volunteers within the camp community and the Volunteer House.
– Mentor youths and young adults in various situations.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 21+
– Passionate about youth development.
– Comfortable as a leader / role model and leading large and small groups.
View the full position description here.

 

Administrative Roles

Volunteer Services Assistant

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As the Volunteer Services Assistant you will…
– Office at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN.
– File/organize volunteer paperwork and maintain online volunteer database.
– Open upcoming week’s and close previous week’s volunteers.
– Capture volunteer stories through pictures, stories, and various media outlets.
– Assist Volunteer Coordinators with youth development programming each week.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 18+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Human Resources Assistant

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As the Human Resources Assistant you will…
– Work at all True Friends locations with all seasonal staff.
– Assist Cabin Coordinators with performance management evaluations.
– Coordinate all True Friends seasonal staff on-boarding processes.
– Track and update all seasonal staff’s training records.
– Conduct mid-summer stay interviews and end of summer exit interviews.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 18+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Office Coordinator

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As an Office Coordinator you will…
– Prepare camper applications and documents.
– Lead camper check-in and check-out processes.
– Manage our online and in-person camp store (dependent on site).
– Maintain and efficient and productive office environment.
– Conduct phone calls between sites, with caregivers, and more.

You should apply if you are…
– Age 18+
– Successfully able to lead and coach others.
View the full position description here.

Marketing & Communication Assistant

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As a Marketing and Communications Assistant you are responsible for sharing the True Friends story to the greater public. Using social media, blog, website, print and digital materials, assistants will find unique ways to showcase our programs and activities including summer camp, respite services, horse therapy, team building, travel events and much more.

Marketing and Communications Assistant will…

– Identify unique opportunities to showcase individuals, places and things in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
– Research, write, edit, develop and create materials to be used for marketing True Friends to our audiences through print, social media, website and many other platforms.
– Collaborate with Photography Assistants to complete service specific marketing projects.
– Create content for a large non-profit organization with multiple service lines.

View the full position description here.

Camp Photographer

*2 Positions Available for Summer 2018*
As Camp Photographer you are responsible for visually sharing the life-changing experiences of True Friends. Photography assistants observe and may participant in programs and activities surrounding a variety of services including summer camp, respite services, horse therapy, team building, travel events and much more. True Friends presents unique photography and video opportunities from capturing individuals experiencing:
– zip lining from 600 ft.
– riding or brushing a horse
– enjoying a multi-sensory room
– traveling to the boundary waters or Mount Rushmore
– dancing their hearts out
– testing their limits on ropes course or the wheelchair accessible challenge course
– devouring a s’more while enjoying a campfire

Photographers will:

– Identify unique opportunities to take photographs and/or videos of individuals, places and things in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings
– Edit, catalog and prep photos to be used for marketing opportunities including social media, website, print materials and video
– Collaborate with Marketing Assistants to complete service specific marketing projects
View the full position description here.

Transportation Coordinator 

*Filled for Summer 2018*
As the Transportation Coordinator for Courage North, you will be in charge of all components related to preparing for and facilitating our off-site check-ins. This new role will provide an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in a mix of administrative tasks, customer relations, staff support, travel, and camper care.

Transportation Coordinator will:

-Communicate with caregivers, campers, partners, and bus company employees.
-Facilitate off-site check-ins in and around the Twin Cities on Friday and Sunday.
-Facilitate fun staff weekend events such as: attending sports games, visiting the Mall of America, etc…
-Manage spreadsheets, finances, vehicle care, staffing assignments, etc…

You should apply if you are:
-21+
-Have a clean driving record.
-Looking for a dynamic summer leadership position.

View the full description here.

Healthcare Roles

Camp Nurse

*Filled for Summer 2018*
We are looking for nurses that can commit to anywhere from two weeks to the entire summer to meet the needs of our campers. Nurses are required to be onsite and housed for the duration provided. Nurses may be graduates of accredited nursing schools, have a current RN license in Minnesota and have a CPR certification. Positive communication skills, detail orientated, organized and good customer services skills are required

New grads and experienced nurses are encouraged to apply.

Camp Nursing Assistants

*Filled for Summer 2018*
A Camp Nursing Assistant is required to have CPR/First Aid completion or equivalent. The Camp Nursing Assistant may be a graduate nurse, nursing student or other healthcare major with clinical experience. Experience in healthcare or CNA certification is not required for the job, but may be considered in lieu of clinical experience. The Camp Nursing Assistant will reside in the health center living area and rotate on-call status.

The Camp Nursing Assistant will:
– Provide healthcare to staff and campers, under the supervision of the camp nurse;
– Administer medication and write camper profiles and;
– Provide teaching and training of healthcare related topics to staff.

Support Roles

Special Diets Intern

*Positions available at multiple locations* Application Deadline is April 1, 2018. 

True Friends provides three meals a day, seven days a week May-August to a variety of individuals with extremely specific dietary needs. Interns will learn valuable skills to handle special diet requirements of our participants, staff, and volunteers. Spend your summer changing lives and gaining real life experience.

As a Special Diet Intern you will…

– Develop alternative menus
– Assist with meal preparation
– Communicate with caregivers regarding special diet requirements
– Answer special diet nutrition questions
– Assist in training seasonal kitchen staff
– Flexible scheduling each week

You should apply if you are…

– Candidates should be students currently enrolled in a dietetics program.
– Must possess good organizational skills, willingness to work independently, and excellent verbal communication skills.
– Comprehensive training, meals, and housing are provided at no charge to hired interns for the duration of internship.

General Lawn Care (Seasonal Summer) – 2 openings (FT-Camp Courage, Maple Lake and PT-Camp Friendship, Annandale)

Responsibilities include:

– Mowing lawns
– Tree trimming
– Weed whipping and spraying

Includes other outside maintenance activities such as sweeping and pressure washing/

Hours are between 8:00-4:30 M-F, no weekend/on-call work.





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