Counselors

Start your summer off right by joining the Camp Waldo team! Camp Waldo is a three-week overnight summer camp located on the banks of the Greenbrier River in Summers County, West Virginia, serving kids ages eight through thirteen. If you have a love for working with children and a love for nature, Camp Waldo is the place for you! Camp Waldo offers a more-than-competitive wage for the best three weeks of your life!

Our staff help make camp a summer home to everyone in our community. The feeling of warmth, spirit and tradition are evident in everything we do. Our staff is made up of dedicated individuals who love the outdoors, who want to positively impact children, all with the common goal of making this summer the best for our campers.

Each Camp Waldo counselor is expected to be present and available for the entirety of staff orientation (July 3rd – 9th) and camp (July 10th – July 31st). All counselors will live with the campers at a ratio of 1:4. During the camp day, counselors will have the opportunity to work as activity specialists or as general counselors who guide campers through all aspects of camp. Our program focuses on ecology, environmental stewardship, athletics, and the arts.

All counselors will live with the campers in newly restored cabins at a ratio of 1:4. Counselors help teach specific activities like ecology, environmental responsibility, outdoor skills, art, music, creative writing, chess, yoga, archery, soccer, basketball, and the ropes course. Counselors also have the opportunity to participate in other areas of camp. In addition to the structured activities, counselors will also lead children in camp-wide games (e.g. overnight camping trips, paddling on the river, stargazing, frisbee golf, capture the flag).

Camp Waldo is a program of Appalachian Headwaters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring forests, water and communities in central Appalachia. We are fortunate to offer paid internships in the month of July to select camp staff who express interest during the counselor application process. Internship placements can include beekeeping, native plant horticulture, environmental education and economic development through Appalachian Headwaters and local partner organizations. Learn more about our programs at www.appheadwaters.org.

Qualifications: 

  • Each Camp Waldo counselor is expected to be present and available for staff orientation. 
  • Counselors must be 18 years old or older.  College students are preferred.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a background check. All candidates go through a thorough screening process including an interview and criminal background check as required by ACA standards.
  • Candidates must provide two – three references. Our administrative staff check multiple references for every candidate.

Compensation:

  • All counselors are paid for camp and orientation. 
  • Counselors can also earn a finder’s fee if they recommend a friend who becomes a counselor at Camp Waldo as well this year.
  • Camp Waldo provides housing and three hot meals a day for the entirety of staff training and camp.
  • Camp Waldo is a program of Appalachian Headwaters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring forests, water and communities in central Appalachia. Appalachian Headwaters offers several paid internships in the month of June to a select camp staff who express interest during the counselor application process. Internship placements include beekeeping, native plant horticulture, organic farming, environmental education and economic development, often through local partner organizations. Learn more about our programs at www.appheadwaters.org.