Applications for Summer ’22 are closed.


Summer staff members are crucial to fulfilling Camp John Marc’s mission of providing high-quality camping experiences for children with chronic illnesses and physical challenges.

Working at Camp John Marc is a wonderful experience that requires hard work, flexibility, willingness to be a team player, responsibility to self and others, and most importantly, must enjoy working with children! Staff members have a wide variety of skills, backgrounds, and academic/career interests.

What to Expect

Hover over the images below to learn what Staff Members do each week!


Lead an Activity

The Camp John Marc activities that staff lead, oversee, or facilitate are Archery, Arts & Crafts, Fishing, Horses, Lake Canoeing/Kayaking, Nature, Swimming, Pottery, the Challenge Course, and Sports & Games. Staff members typically move between 2-3 activity areas throughout the course of the summer. Some activity areas require certification which can be obtained during training programs held prior to Staff Training.


Host a Cabin

Each summer staff member is partnered with a cabin of 5-7 campers and 3 volunteer counselors every week. During this time, hosts build relationships with the campers in their cabin by sharing meals, participating in evening activities together, and spending quality time playing games and hanging out in the cabin.


Lead a Project

Daily Projects are an important part of the Camp John Marc program. They help individualize the camp experience while developing skills in a particular hobby or interest. Project groups meet for just over an hour every day. The curriculum or project, which is created by the summer staff project leader, advances each day. Some projects examples include American Girl Dolls, Cooking, Basketball, Fishing, Ukulele, Swim Lessons, Wheelchair Hockey, and more!

Criteria for Summer Staff

Summer Staff must:
– be at least 18 years old.
– be legally eligible for employment in the United States.
– be able to safely lift 50 lbs. (with/without reasonable accommodation).
– complete a comprehensive medical history and required immunization forms (including the COVID-19 vaccine). Medical forms provided upon offer of the position.
– have completed one year of college or comparable life experience by the start of the summer 2022.
– submit a criminal background check; provided upon offer of the position.
– commit to working from mid-May through early-August (staff training and 11 weeks of summer camps).

If accepted, summer staff will be subject to a random drug test during the summer season.

Why Summer Staff at CJM?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps to applying?

Step 1Complete the application (opens November 22, 2021). Remember, it is best practice to let your references know you have listed them on your application. 

Step 2Once your application has been received and reviewed, we will be in touch to schedule an initial telephone interview.

Step 3: If you are selected for a second interview, we will schedule an interview via ZOOM. Additionally, we will contact your three (3) references to complete an automated form (required to move your application to the next step).

Step 4: A CJM director will contact you with a final decision. If offered a job, applicants will be given time to accept or decline the offer.  

How many staff members are hired each summer?

Each summer we seek to hire 24 college-aged adults eager to serve our campers in a high-quality manner that reflects the backgrounds and interests of our campers.

When will I be notified of the decision?

We recognize and respect the fact that many of our applicants need to make decisions about summer jobs as early as January or February. Because of this, we try our best to make final hiring decisions in a similar time period

How much are staff members paid?

Summer salary starts at $275 per week (room/board are included). 

What does training look like?

Each staff member will attend our six (6) day Staff Training.

Some activity areas require certifications, if applicants are qualified/interested in leading one of these activity areas all necessary training will occur prior to Staff Training.

  • Archery: one (1) day long certification 
  • Boats: one (1) day long certification  
  • Pool Lifeguard: three (3) day long certification 
  • Challenge Course: five (5) day long certification  

What does time off look like?

Staff Members receive every Friday at noon until Saturday at 1:00 pm off – this time can be spent at or away from Camp. Additional time off is provided.

Where do staff members live?

Staff members live in comfortable, air-conditioned, duplex-style lodging. Each side of the lodge houses four (4) staff members and has two (2) bedrooms, one (1) large bathroom, a living area, washer and dryer, and kitchenette. The staff fire circle is located centrally to all the lodges. This serves as a place where staff can connect with one another and recharge their spirits after a busy day of camp.

How is working at camp a "real job?"

From personal connections with campers, volunteers, and fellow staff members to problem solving and leading others, camp teaches tons of life and professional skills. And here are some others reasons!

How are staff members supported throughout the summer?

The work of a staff member is demanding and fun. We believe “camp friends are the best friends” and that working together with a group of your peers during a summer at Camp John Marc can change your life forever!

Teambuilding starts before the summer with regular virtual meet ups or correspondence with other team members. During the summer, we conclude each week by gathering (CJM staff members and directors) to debrief as a team. Every 3 weeks, staff members meet with the “coach” (a CJM director) who listens, supports, and provides feedback regarding the staff member’s performance. Additional resources of support are available (virtually or in person) through chaplains and mental health experts.

How has COVID-19 impacted the staff member's experience?

We are closely monitoring the guidelines from the CDC and other partnering health professionals. We will update staff members to policies and summer schedule as those details become available. At this time we are moving forward with optimism and the hope that Summer 2022 will inspire confidence for life in our campers and greater camp community.

Current protocols include mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, masking when within six (6) feet of campers (indoors and outdoors), and routine testing.

What if I can't work the entire summer (mid-May through early-August)?

In order to provide a high-quality camping experience for our campers, we ask that our staff serve the duration of the summer. Certain exceptions may occur which may be discussed with the Camp Director (Megan).

If you can’t commit to the whole summer, think about volunteering for a week as a cabin counselor.