Each day at camp brings adventure, physical recreation, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth through 21st century skills. Read more about how to translate your camp experience to your resume here.
We offer a competitive and progressive pay schedule that is determined based on your experience, age, education, certifications, and other factors.
Room and board is included. As a counselor, you’ll eat family-style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your campers. We provide mattresses, sheets, and blankets. Other staff perks are weekly laundry service, a dedicated counselor “Lair” with wireless internet access, movie nights, and the occasional hair cut.
Each week you’ll receive a scheduled time-off period of 38.5 hours at once. This time-off period will begin at 9:30pm on the first day, allow you to be off for a full 24 hours the next day, and require you to return at noon the following day. Staff are also able to take an hour of “self-care time” each day at camp, where you are free to read, workout, nap, or do anything you need to “recharge your batteries” daily. Everyone gets the same amount of time off; the schedule is based on your position and role at camp. Being well-rested and refreshed is a must, so we require you to leave camp for part of your time off! (During session changeover weeks, this schedule is altered slightly.)
During Staff Orientation, we teach you everything you need to know about working at camp. After that, we provide materials, workshops, guest speakers, and other opportunities and resources to increase your knowledge and skills. We also make our online staff resource site available 24/7.
Different roles at camp require certifications. If we require you to have a certain course, we’ll coordinate with you to get it. This may include CPR, Lifeguarding, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, etc.
We are fortunate to have professionals from the outdoor industry working at Falling Creek. Some of our senior staff are professional kayakers, climbers, mountain bikers, etc. They are the best of the best, and you have the opportunity to learn from them.
Being a Falling Creek alumni connects you to a network of former staff and parents who are business owners and employers. We are frequently asked to refer our most talented staff members.
During the summer you’ll have access to a network of discounts and deals available to industry professionals. These include clothing, gear, musical instruments, and more.
We offer 11 weeks of employment that fits perfectly with your summer break. Time off is scheduled each week so you can recharge your batteries and explore wonderful Western North Carolina.
By teaching activities, your own skills will improve. Perfecting the basics with the campers on a day-to-day basis gives you a solid foundation for your own adventures.
We don’t start you at the bottom and give you busywork; you are directly involved in running camp and helping campers succeed. You are responsible for eight campers in your cabin, as well as the campers you instruct in various activities.
You will need to market your activity! Since there are 28 activities at camp, each one competes for the attention of our campers. And some days you’ll have the chance to offer programs or activities out of the “norm.” This will be your chance to shine and let the campers see what you’re excited about.
We offer staff opportunities to increase our team members’ skills and knowledge from the day they are hired and throughout the summer.
We send resources via mail and e-mail, and share extensive online resources while you are away from camp.
In May we host an almost two-week Staff Development and Camp Orientation. Some staff members must arrive two to three weeks prior to this to attend certification clinics for their areas of expertise at camp.
During the summer, we offer learning opportunities each week for our staff from guest speakers to in-service training.
Honestly, there are so many ‘best’ parts of my job at Falling Creek. Having to just pick one I would say it’s the disguised personal and professional development. I come out of the summer more reliable and honest because of what we do on the mountain. To put it simply, the best part of the job is that when you’re actually doing the job it’s hard to see the improvements you’ve made within yourself, but, as soon as you step off the mountain back into your normal life you get to see the changes that have been happening for the last 10 weeks.
Josh C. / Sanford, NC