Building Resiliency. Broadening Horizons. Ensuring Skills for Success.
City Kids is a seven-year, year-round youth development organization based in Washington, DC and Jackson, WY. We enroll 20 new 6th graders every year and support them through their high school graduation. During the school year, we are based in DC and provide after-school and weekend outdoor adventure programming as well as job training and college preparation programming.In the summer we move to Jackson, WY where we run three sessions of summer camp, as well as career exploration and job training programming for our older youth. We use experiential education and outdoor adventures to facilitate learning, leadership development and self-confidence. We believe that the Wyoming wilderness and outdoor adventures provide challenging and fulfilling experiences for youth. This environment coupled with our caring staff creates opportunities for powerful community building and mutual support. Staff and campers live on a rustic 62-acre ranch complete with swimming pool, log cabins, and lodge right outside of Jackson, Wyoming. We want our campers to feel supported, to know they matter, and to realize that their feelings are important. We believe our counselors are more than instructors – they are role models and mentors to our campers. Our goal is to promote deeper self-awareness, empathy, a sense of personal power, and confidence in our participants.
City Kids' summer camp is a small and tight-knit community. Working here is a tremendous opportunity to be a part of a mission-driven youth development organization that provides year-round support to our youth for 7+ years. We all have an "all hands on deck" mentality and work hard to ensure that our campers (and staff) have the #bestsummerever. Staff can expect to develop meaningful professional relationships with their coworkers, powerful bonds with their campers and a deep connection to the beauty of Wyoming and the City Kids ranch. At City Kids we approach everything with a growth mindset and a focus on continuous learning - staff will have the opportunity to build on their strengths, try new things and grow personally and professionally. After a summer on Broken Arrow Ranch, our staff quickly realize that they are #CKforlife!
City Kids provides the following perks; $400 travel stipend, $350 training reimbursement, housing & meals provided, gear provided, worker's compensation insurance.
Ideal candidates love kids and are dedicated to intentional community building and social justice. Other ideal characteristics include a love for the outdoors, a commitment to daily excellence, and a growth mindset. City Kids is an equally demanding and rewarding experience.
Counseling and trip leading staff live in a log cabin with campers and are provided a separate bedroom and bathroom within the cabin. That room may be shared with another staff member. Other staff positions lived in shared housing, typically a shared or private room in a cabin. Most bathrooms are shared. We like to describe our ranch as rustic & charming!
Jackson, WY offers the opportunity to pursue any outdoor passion! Popular summer activities include hiking, backpacking, whitewater and flat water paddling, mountain biking and rock climbing! Jackson town offers a high quality food, arts, and live music scene. Most staff spend their days-off pursuing an outdoor adventure or catching up on Netflix at the library.
City Kids provides all meals for staff, either cooked by the kitchen, on backcountry trips, or groceries for self-cooking between camp sessions. All allergies are accommodated and some diets. A vegetarian meal will always be provided. Vegan, gluten-free, or other special diets may require supplemental food from staff members to meet nutritional needs or variety in their diet.