Summer is a very special time when a child seeks to learn, explore and develop new skills, hobbies, and interests. Our program is specifically designed to meet the diverse and ever-expanding interests and recreational needs of our campers. Because our emphasis is on participation, personal achievement and skill attainment rather than on competition alone, campers of every age and skill level are made to feel comfortable and successful.
Through the use of scheduled activity periods and structured electives, each camper can experience a well-rounded program that includes athletics, aquatics, creative arts and outdoor adventures. Our elective program allows each camper to have direct input into their daily schedule. During elective periods, campers may wish to try new activities, concentrate on their favorite ones or enhance their existing skills by participating in individualized instruction or clinics.
Our Team possesses extraordinary skills in working with children, a deep commitment and a profound sensitivity to the development of each camper. Our limited camper enrollment and low camper-to-staff ratio ensure that each child receives the individual attention he/she deserves to flourish in a safe and supportive environment. Our Team encourages campers to learn and grow, to trust in their abilities, and to believe in themselves so they all reach their fullest potential.
Our selectivity in Team Members combined with our formidable training and leadership development programs has already made our camps known throughout the camp industry and has earned us well-deserved local recognition.
Oak Tree Camps carefully selects the men and women of our staff for their interest and commitment to working with children. Each staff member meets a high standard of dedication and skill. Interviews are conducted, references are checked, and rigorous background checks are completed. Staff members attend an in depth orientation, which emphasizes counseling skills, group dynamics, safety procedures and activity skills. Our staff forms a strong, committed team with a single focus: a safe summer filled with fun, learning and growth opportunities for each camper.
Join our Team
We're looking for the best and brightest counselors.
Applicants must be enthusiastic, creative, hardworking, responsible, punctual, and resourceful and have a genuine love for children. Counselors must be a minimum of 18 years of age and already attending college. Those under the age of 18 will need a work permit, Junior Counselors/ must be at least 15 years old.
The Camp LEAD is responsible for overseeing a designated program area, acting as a unit lead and/or providing program administrative support at camp. Examples may include but is not limited to arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, check in campers, bus coordinators, etc. The Camp Lead may support camp counselors as a unit lead as well as direct service to campers. The camp lead provides high quality experiences for campers that focus on the OTC core values: caring, honesty, respect and accountability.
Minimum of 18 years of age and already attending college.
Upon hire, completion of OTC provided First Aid and CPR certification.
Minimum of one (1) season experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field.
Possess or acquire the required certifications for specific program areas.
Demonstrated ability to keep accurate records and organize program area logistics.
Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
- Assist in directing group of 8-12 children in a manner that promotes safe behaviors and improves the quality of the children’s interaction with one another.
Participate in all activities with their groups, making camp fun for their campers, teaching skills, providing encouragement and support, etc.
Serve as a role model to young children by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct.
Guide junior staff assigned to group. Responsible for campers’ safety on bus, on a trip, or at any activity. Reports any accident to proper camp personnel.
Is attentive to and follows administrative notices defining camp procedures and routines.
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at OTC is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for positions as camp counselors or recreation leaders. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and program skills.
Participation in the CIT program is by selection. Those interested in the program must complete an application process, which includes an application, references, and a phone/video call interview.
Applicants must be at least 15 years old at the time of participation.
Applicants must possess a genuine interest in the camping/youth development field, and in working with younger campers, and be willing to commit the required energy, enthusiasm, and cooperation in all aspects of the training and hands-on portions of the program.
A positive and cooperative attitude and pleasant disposition are critical personal attributes for the position.
Apply online by using the online camper application below. Once you have submitted your application we will email you with the next step in the application process.
Your parents will also have to sign the application. This will be a more in-depth questionnaire for the applicant to complete online.