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Summer Day Camp Staff

Go West Camps

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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18 Years Old

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No Experience

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Job Description

GO WEST CAMPS, Colorado Springs' premier Summer Day Camp is hiring staff for summer 2023. Here you will find all the community and connection of an overnight camp but have your nights and weekends free! Go West staff work Monday-Friday, 35-40 hours per week, May 22nd-August 4th.

Working at Go West Camps isn't just a summer job...it's a way of life. While at camp you'll experience lots of fun and adventurous activities, but it is the community of understanding, friendship and encouragement that keeps campers and staff coming back year after year.

Grew up in 4-H or spent some time WWOOFing? We are looking for staff with experience farming or gardening. If you've ever had a job where you've bike commuted, Go West Camps might be perfect fit for you. We use pedal powered transportation, and basic riding and bike maintenance skills are a real plus. Adventure programs are an important part of Go West Camps and require some of our staff members to have a greater level of certification and education.

We are looking for people with education and certification through nationally and internationally recognized organizations such as Red Cross, the American Canoe Association, National Outdoor Leadership School, League of American Bicyclists, USA Archery and others. An interest in teaching, leading, and working with youth is key for all of our staff members.

Go West operates on a small group philosophy and staff will typically work with a group of 12 campers and one other staff member. The ages of our campers range from 5 to 15.

When it's time to get energized or wind down at camp, music can be key. We're always looking for staff who are excited to sing or play an instrument. We hope to use photos and video to document our campers' experience at camp. If you're a photographer or GoPro wiz, we need your skills.


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE - Get a head start! Thinking about a career in education or outdoor recreation? Get real life experience working at camp and honing your skills.

CERTIFICATIONS - Take it with you when you go! All of the Go West Camps staff have First Aid and CPR. Go West has supported staff financially to attend certification programs through the American Mountain Guide Association, American Canoe Association, and the International Mountain Biking Association. These certifications can be an asset in your job search after the summer.

REFERENCES - Boost your resume! We love telling everybody how great our staff is. Camp is the perfect opportunity to create relationships with people who want you to succeed at camp and beyond.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SETTING - Location, location, location! While our focus is on youth development, it doesn't hurt that we're surrounded by the scenic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Not a bad place to play and explore during the summer!

FOR FUN - The opportunities for fun while you are on staff at Go West Camps are boundless. We will hike, climb, mountain bike, kayak, shoot archery, fish, create art and swim, among many, many other great activities.

Job Type: Full-time, Temporary (Summer Season Only)
Pay: From $15.00 per hour


MOUNTAIN BIKING STAFF - Mountain Biking Staff help campers to build bike handling skills and lead single track and double track rides on Colorado Springs' best trails. In addition to mountain biking, staff also lead our Bicycle 123 program, teaching campers to safely navigate neighborhood streets by bike. Riding experience is required and previous teaching or guiding experience is preferred.

STANDUP PADDLE STAFF - Standup Paddle Board Staff lead one of our campers' favorite activities. Our paddle board curriculum includes paddle skills, games, and team building on the water. Experience leading waterfront activities, guiding paddle sports and/or a current lifeguard certification are required.

ROCK CLIMBING STAFF - Rock Climbing Staff are responsible for leading our rock climbing programs working in partnership with our climbing guides. We're lucky to have the opportunity to climb at some of Colorado's best climbing destinations (Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, North Cheyenne Canyon). This position will focus on the entire climbing experience, not only technical aspects but helping to guide campers to learn something new, conquer a fear, or push past limiting beliefs. Previous guiding experience or certification is preferred.

CAMP COUNSELOR STAFF - Camp Counselors at Go West lead campers in all of our camp activities (Art, Rock Climbing, Standup Paddle Boarding, Gardening, Group Games, Biking). Camp Counselors work to create an atmosphere of respect, caring, and acceptance for each camper and show each camper as much individual attention as possible. Previous experience as a camp counselor, teacher, after school staff, or child care is required.

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER STAFF - Photographer/Videographer Staff help capture the joyful memories of summer camp and communicate the spirit of camp through photos and videos. Staff will create videos for promotional use as well as a camp highlight slideshow/video at the closing of each session (3 per summer season). Previous experience with photo and video editing software preferred.

HOMEBASE STAFF -Homebase Staff have a specialty in our "in-camp" programs including; arts and crafts, science, music, archery, gardening, traditional sports, hiking, and team building activities. These staff focus on the campers' experience while at our homebase location rather than off-site trips. Previous experience as a camp counselor, teacher, after school staff, or child care is required.

ADVENTURE STAFF - Our Adventure Staff are those who have experience in multiple of our adventure program areas; standup paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and/or traditional overnight camping. They work closely with our middle school and teen leadership programs. Previous experience guiding or work with outdoor youth development programs is preferred.

FARM CAMP STAFF - Farm Camp Staff work with kids at our farm teaching them about animals, art, and agriculture. Staff responsibilities also include farm chores; watering the land, feeding, cleaning, and caring for animals. This work may require time outside of normal camp hours. Experience farming, gardening, animal care, and/or child care is preferred.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


Positions to Fill

1 opening

International Applicants Accepted?


Primary Certification

First Aid / CPR