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Welcome to Cactus Day Camp!

Thanks for your interest in a summer position at Cactus Day Camp. This will be the hardest job you will ever love!  At Cactus Day Camp, you will work hard for long hours. The more you put into it the more you will get out. You will be challenged and expected to take safe risks and push yourself to do and be your best. The outcome; one of the greatest experiences of your life! 


Group Counselors: (must be at least 18 with a year of college)
Responsible for the daily care of 8 – 13 campers between the ages of 3 and 12 (campers will be grouped by grade level).  Facilitate the daily schedule and participate in activities with campers.  You will be assisted by one or more of the following: Tween Assistant, Counselor-In-Training or Junior Counselor.  See website for Counselor-In-Training descriptions.

Activity Leader: (can be Junior Counselor or Counselor age position)
Responsible to instruct activities to different groups throughout the day.  Create lesson plans and modify them to address different camper ages and abilities.  Work with and get to know lots of different kids.  On Fridays, work with the Program Director to organize and implement the special event for the day.

Junior Counselor (JC): (must be at least 17 by June 1st and entering junior year in high school)
Assist Group Counselors and Activity Leaders with their daily duties.

Swim Instructor/Lifeguard: (must be at least 18 by June 1st) Lifeguards are responsible for overall safety in the pool, preventing accidents and injuries, and treating injuries with first-aid. Strong swimming skills required for lifeguards/swim instructors.  We can help coordinate your lifeguard certification if you do not have it already or if it is expired.

Pool Director: (must be at least 21 by June 1st)
The Pool Director is responsible for the safe implementation of the swim programs. Some swim instruction will be provided, but our program is mostly recreational.  Water Safety Instructor certification is preferred.  If not a certified lifeguard or WSI, we can help you coordinate training. Oversee swim staff and all staff when at the pool.  Moderate camp wide games and activities in the pool. The Pool Director will direct other staff in an emergency in the pool area and will ensure that staff is prepared to act according to Emergency Action Plans. Maintain a clean, and safe pool area.  Pool maintenance is outsourced This position reports to and works closely with the Camp Director.

Healthcare Provider: (Counselor position)
Responsible to follow appropriate medical routines including record keeping in the daily health log, disposal of medical waste, managing and safeguarding medications, and utilizing appropriate standing orders to administer medications and treatments, keep first aid kits appropriately stocked, complete accident/incident reports that can be used for risk management purposes. and provide first aid care to staff and campers under the direct supervision of Health Center RN and/or Camp Director.

Office/Support Staff: (can be Junior Counselor or Counselor age position)
Staff work behind the scenes to ensure camp is running smoothly, working with food/snack service, maintenance, security, running errands, driving, health services and/or the office.

Food Service – actively participates in all aspects of food service. Purchase snacks, organize, set-up, prep, and serve lunches.  This does not require cooking.

Office – answer phones, take messages, talk to prospective and current camper’s parents, assist director, programming and healthcare when needed.

Consistent staff attendance is a significant element to the success of our camp program. One hundred percent attendance is rewarded twice during the summer with monetary bonuses.  The following is a list of important dates:

Staff Training – May 29th through June 2nd.
Please notice, staff training begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Saturday.

Full Camp Season – June 4th through July 27 (Mondays thru Fridays)

Opening Day of Camp – Monday, June 4th

Camp Closed – Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Closing Day – Friday, July 27th

Having a job at camp is more than having a paycheck through the summer. It's an experience that brings friendships and positivity into your life. It's a job that gives your inner kid freedom while still being a role model and gaining leadership skills you will use in other aspects of your life

Bryan SalleyStaff 2015, 2016, 2017

CDC is more than just a summer job. The relationships you build with the kids and staff will stick with you for a lifetime. The kids will love coming to camp for the tons of amazing activities available but the kids keep coming to camp because of their counselors. As counselors we had the tremendous responsibility in making our kids feel safe enough to step out of their comfort zone and into the magic of CDC. I wouldn't trade the time spent and memories made with the kids and staff of CDC for anything!

Kyle PedersonStaff 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Working at camp completely changed my life. It was my first job that led to many more incredible opportunities for my future after college. Camp was the best possible way to spend my summers with like minded, amazing people while learning how to be a leader, quick thinker, and problem solver. My camp experiences and friendships are something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Marteen ClearyStaff 2014, 2015, 2016