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Deerkill Day Camp is not just a wonderful place for children. It has also been the summer home for our counselors, many of whom return year after year to the sense of community and inclusive environment they find here. When you become a Deerkill counselor, you join a special group of people who have chosen to spend their summers guiding and laughing with our campers and each other. Candidates undergo a very selective recruiting process to be considered to join our staff - we are looking for committed individuals whose enthusiasm for working with children is apparent and who are not just looking for a job, but rather a life experience.
As Directors, we highly value our staff and take steps to ensure they feel appreciated, whether it is staff parties (with surprise entertainment), incomparable tuition discounts for staff children, reimbursement of monthly transit passes or simply a reassuring pat on the back. Of course, we also believe that it is important to make connections with our staff and relate to them on a personal level. Our relationships with our staff extend well beyond the summer and helping them grow as individuals as they continue on their career path is a source of great pride. We have also successfully worked with high school and college students looking to secure a role as a paid Intern or who are looking for Experiential Learning while here at camp.
Below you will find the various staff positions that, together, make Deerkill such a unique place.
My time spent with the group of 5-year old boys gave me a fresh direction. Returning to Deerkill each summer only furthered my desire to become a teacher...the years have accumulated and I still sit here today, as a tenured veteran teacher, anticipating my 17th summer as a Group Leader.
At Deerkill, each staff member plays a pivotal role in shaping our summer community and each counselor’s contributions are valued. Our doors are always open and we welcome new ideas for how we can improve our campers’ and counselors’ experience here at camp. We offer a very competitive salary, door to door transportation on air conditioned buses and, of course, the opportunity to expand your horizons while working in the outdoors with a great group of people. Here (PDF) are some testimonials from former staff on the impact that Deerkill had on their lives.
Watch more to see why working at Deerkill is much more than a summer job.
We have listed the available staff positions here at camp below. New applicants must be 16 by the start of camp to be eligible. If you are interested in joining us this summer and are available all 8 weeks, please complete our online Staff Application and we will be in contact with you shortly. Please also visit the “Staff” section of our Photo Gallery to see photos of our staff in action and learn the true secret of why our staff return year after year (hint: they’re all smiling!).
With Group Leaders, Senior Counselors, and Juniors Counselors, there’s opportunity for anyone, no matter your experience. Learn more about what it takes to become a member of our group staff.Learn More
We have 16 specialties at camp, each of which is led by a counselor who has a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of experience with instruction. Learn about what it takes to become a Specialty Staff member.Learn More
Responsible for the safety of our campers in the pool and swim instruction are the two main pillars of our waterfront staff. Learn about what it takes to become a Waterfront Staff member.Learn More
The Health Care Manager is responsible for overseeing the health and safety of campers and staff. See what it takes to become a member our Medical team.Learn More
Our Kitchen staff are a critical part of our camp, ensuring all of our campers and staff have tasty and fulfilling meals. Learn more about becoming a member of our Kitchen Staff.Learn More
Our Maintenance staff go to great lengths to ensure our grounds are clean, safe and ready for fun! Learn more about becoming a member of our Maintenance Staff.Learn More