501.225.1444

2000 Aldersgate Road

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

Deadline extended to May 1!

Join the 2024 Summer Class of Camp Aldersgate Counselors

Your Role

In this role, summer counselor staff will live with a small group of campers Sunday to Friday as they experience all that a traditional residential camp has to offer.

Duties include:

  • Supervising a cabin group
  • Assisting campers with personal care
  • Plan and implement camp activities

Deadline to Apply: April 5  Extended to May 1!

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Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a counselor.

Not Just Any Summer Job...

It’s the experience of a lifetime.

Receive training and education

Receive thorough training and education about caring for individuals with special needs and various medical diagnoses. Learn how to provide personal care, appropriate transfers, person-first language, diagnoses education, behavioral management and more.

Networking Opportunities

Have opportunities for networking and a Q&A with reputable physicians. Meet and interact with doctors, nurses and therapists supporting campers throughout the summer.

Life-long memories and friendships

Create life-long memories and friendships. Connect with peers from all walks of life and create lifechanging memories with other counselors and campers.

Applications

Application Deadline Extended to May 1!

If you are passionate about the outdoors, enjoy helping others, and have a sincere desire to work with children with special needs, we have a position for you! This is your chance to develop your skills in a professional environment, get paid to have fun and love your job. This job experience is ideal for students with degrees in the health and helping fields.

What it Takes:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Support Camp Aldersgate’s mission, vision and values.
  • Work alongside diverse groups of people.
  • Show maturity, responsibility, good character and integrity.
  • Enjoy working with children and young adults with special needs in an outdoor setting.
  • Willing and able to spend time in summer weather and outdoor environments.

Schedule, Training & Pay

Mandatory Training: June 2-7

Summer Session Commitment: Each counselor must commit to working a minimum of four weeks. Summer camp consists of eight weeks, running from June 9 – August 2.

Get Paid: Why not spend the summer getting paid to be in the outdoors and hang out with awesome campers and fellow counselors? Camp Aldersgate offers competitive staff salaries for its counselor staff. Counselors earn $350/week, and returning counselors earn $400/week.

“Getting to know and form relationships with these campers has really changed me in such a positive way and made me appreciate all that life has to offer.” – Counselor, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Our 2024 summer camps are scheduled to take place from June 9th to August 2nd, spanning eight week-long camp sessions. Each camp session runs from Sunday – Friday. Click here to view the complete summer schedule.

Camp Aldersgate offers eight full weeks of summer camp. We ask our summer counselors to commit to a minimum of four weeks, which includes one week of paid mandatory staff training. If you cannot commit to four weeks, but would still like to get involved, please check out our Counselor-In-Training program!

Counselor must be 17 years old by the time they arrive at Camp Aldersgate. We have increased the minimum age of our counselors from 16 to 17 years old to better meet the needs of our campers.

Yes, our counselor positions are paid. Counselors are paid $350/week. Returning counselors receive an increased pay of $400/week.

We do encourage applicants to have some experience prior to applying. This can include volunteer or work experience with children, working in a camp setting, working with special needs populations, or studying a relevant field. If you have no prior experience, we recommend checking out our Counselor-in-Training program!

All counselors must attend a paid mandatory one-week training. Training is designed to educate, support, and equip counselors, so they are adequately prepared to work with each of our unique camper populations. You will learn how to provide personal care, appropriate transfers, person-first language, diagnoses education, behavioral management, and more.

Camp Aldersgate provides programming for children ages 6-18 and young adults ages 19-35. We offer four medical camps which serve campers with a wide variety of medical conditions including muscular dystrophy, spinal disorders, diabetes, oncology, arthritis, hearing impairments; and other chronic conditions such as cardiac, kidney, and bleeding disorders. Our two Kota camps serve campers who do not qualify for one of our medical camp sessions but have a physical or intellectual disability. Kota campers are encouraged to attend with a sibling or friend who do not have a disability. Our young adult camp is available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders including autism, down syndrome, and developmental delays.

All counselor staff will receive a two hour break each full day of camp, and one 4.5 hour break each week of summer camp.

Yes, Camp Aldersgate is a residential summer camp, which means that our campers and counselors stay overnight. Counselors live onsite and in cabins, fully immersed in the fun and taking care of campers. Meals are provided during each week, Sunday-Friday.

Have more questions?

Please email Assistant Program Manager, Marshall Dickey, CTRS.

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