Work at Base Camp

"Working at Base Camp is the best summer job because of the fun and joy we bring to kids" -Hunter, Base Camp Counselor

Job Description

Counselor: Counselors are the “big brothers and sisters” of their campers. Each group of campers has two or more counselors. Much of the summer’s success lies in the relationship between counselors and campers. Great counselors are creative, enthusiastic, and must be a team player. For most campers, great counselors will lead to great summers. Counselors independently run activities and create spontaneous fun for their campers. They also provide motivation and emotional support to campers throughout the day. This is an active job that requires energy and a willingness to be silly.

Note: As of 1/31/2023, we are no longer hiring 14 year old counselors. 14 year olds interested in applying may still submit an application, however, they will be automatically added to a waitlist. 

Program Specialist: Program specialists direct specific activities throughout the day. These individuals are experts in field games, archery and target sports, arts and crafts, mountain life, performance, and nature discovery. Specialists plan and lead activities with the assistance of counselor(s).


  • Minimum of 14 years old for counselors by June 2023
  • Demonstrate a track record of superb judgment
  • Program specialists: passion and experience/expertise in a specialty area
  • A minimum certification in CPR and First Aid by June 2023

Salary & Benefits

  • Most staff will receive an hourly wage and average 37.5-40 hours/week
  • Wilderness Adventures offers many pro deals and industry discounts
  • Base Camp Adventure Points – accumulate points for weeks worked to put toward a future adventure travel program with Wilderness Adventures!

Dates of Employment

  • Training for Base Camp staff will be June 10th, 11th and 17th. All staff will finish employment on August 25th, 2023.



Nope! While we usually ask for a minimum of 4 weeks work, we understand that summer is a busy time. However,  we may give preference to applicants who indicate they can work more weeks on their applications.

All Base Camp counselors must possess at minimum, a CPR and First Aid certification. Wilderness Adventures and Base Camp will try to provide a course for all who are not currently certified before the summer begins.

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Upload a copy of your current driver’s license (if you have one)
  3. Upload copies of all current certifications (CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, PADI, WFA, WAFA, WFR, and/or WEMT)
  4. Optional: Upload a profile photo along with your online application, or email a digital headshot of yourself to

Ready to Apply?

Click here for our Base Camp staff member application for the summer of 2023. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at

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