2016 Florida 4-H Camp Staff Application is OPEN!

THANK YOU for your interest in the Florida 4-H Camping Program!

We are always looking for ENERGETIC, CREATIVE, and MATURE Summer Program Staff for our summer camp programs!

If you are interested in applying for Camp Staff for the Summer of 2016, please review the application information below, then visit the APPLICATION.

If selected to interview, you will receive notification in early January, 2016. Interviews will take place at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake on January 22nd-24th, 2016.

Qualifications for Summer Program Staff:

Preferably applicants will have experience with youth and youth programs, such as 4-H experience as a camp counselor with a 4-H Agent’s referral, but this is not required.  Applicants with other experience will also be considered.  We’re looking for ENERGETIC, CREATIVE & MATURE individuals to help lead and teach youth at our residential camping facilities.  EOE/AA.

Age requirements for Summer Program Staff:

Important: It is required that applicants have been out of high school for at least one year before applying for this position. Applications not meeting this criteria will not be reviewed.

Selection process for New Applicants:

Applications will be reviewed by the State Program Coordinator and the Camp’s Business / Administrative Manager, and applicants who are selected for an in-person interview will be notified by email.

Summer Program Staff Position Information:

Pay: $220/week plus room and board (pay increases each additional year of staffing)

Time commitment: Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon, most weeks of the summer.

Responsibilities: Ensure camper health, safety, and happiness, effectively program both daily educational camp classes and evening all-camp programs, lifeguard for campers during waterfront time, lead songs and games, prep and facilitate traditional camp activities (flag raising and lowering ceremonies, campfires, etc), facilitate rainy day alternative activities in the event of inclement weather, adapt quickly and positively to schedule changes, demonstrate willingness and ability to learn the principles of youth development, life skill development, and the goals of Florida 4-H, learn and understand emergency procedures as they apply to the facility, perform facility cleaning duties and minor maintenance, and maintain a clean and appropriate working appearance (within the bounds of the Florida 4-H Camping Dress Code). Camp Staff have minimal in-cabin responsibilities with campers.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a willingness to do what needs to be done to provide campers with the best possible camping experience, and will understand that other duties (not listed here) may be assigned to ensure the success of each camping week.

Meals: Provided from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch

Lodging: Provided from mid-May through early August in camp staff cabins (one male and one female staff cabin at each camp)

Weekends: Staff have weekends free, unless they choose to work outside user groups for additional pay.

Summer Program Staff Trainings (all trainings will take place at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake)

Staff Training Dates: 

March 18th-20th, 2016– 1st Weekend Training

April 8th-10th, 2016– 2nd Weekend Training

April 29th-May 1st, 2016-Shooting Sports Certification Training

May 15th-20th, 2016-Week Long Staff Training

May 22nd-27th, 2016-American Red Cross Lifeguard Training


Before applying for summer staff, please make sure that if selected, you will be able to attend ALL weekend trainings throughout the winter and spring, as well as two week long trainings in May. Following the conclusion of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, all staff will return to their home camps for a week of on-site training in preparation for the summer.