The two primary areas for summer employment at Brant Lake Camp include being part of A) our Counselor Staff, which primarily works and lives with kids on a daily basis and B) our Support Staff, which provides assistance in services such as the kitchen/dining room, laundry, maintenance and security. Contracts are generally for a 7 1/2 to 10 week period which includes an orientation.
The following will cover some of the responsibilities & expectations in each of these areas:
A Counselor’s primary role is the care, supervision and happiness of every boy in his bunk plus assisting with all the other boys in his assigned age group. Beyond that, his task is to be an outstanding teacher and coach in the area of his strength.
The most important attributes that we look for in prospective counselors at Brant Lake Camp are that:
- they enjoy spending time and having fun with kids
- they are great role models
- they are nice human beings
Everything else is secondary as a boy's summer will most clearly and primarily be influenced by our ability to have counselors who embody the above.
These young men, as well as a few superb young women who work with our younger groups, are screened and selected from many applicants on the basis of integrity, character, reliability, warmth, personality, and a sincere desire to work with kids. Many have special skills and are excellent coaches and teachers-- but their primary responsibility is to spend quality time with kids. The faculty at Brant Lake consists of more than 100 carefully chosen people gathered from colleges and universities throughout the U.S.A., Great Britain and other countries. However, to be considered as an International Counselor from a non-English speaking country, your English speaking and comprehension skills must be very strong. (The language requirements for Support Staff are considerably more relaxed.)
We are seeking counselors with expertise in one or more of our core activities:
Tennis, basketball, baseball, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, soccer, golf, volleyball, arts & crafts, fishing, camping, hockey, swimming, water skiing, hiking, climbing wall (THE FIRST PRIORITY of every counselor is to see that each of the boys in his bunk is happy, cared for and having fun.)
For your information, each counselor participates in a well-planned five-day, pre-camp orientation program, which covers camp values, policies and traditions, as well as offering specific instruction in dealing with the needs of our campers. Follow-up meetings with key staff and directors occur at regular intervals throughout the camp season.
College age staff can expect a salary in the range of $1800 - $2200 for the 8 week season depending on age/experience, with room, board and a travel allotment paid by the camp. (More experienced and mature applicants may receive higher salaries.)
If your interested in applying, please print out and complete the application available on this site and forward to the address noted along with three references. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.
Please note that International and Canadian candidates have a slightly different application process as follows:
Over the years, international counselors have played an important role at Brant Lake Camp. Every year we hire people from around the world to work as counselors, coaches, office staff and Support Staff worker (see below for more information). We want you! But because of the procedures involved in obtaining the proper visa to work in the United States, it is imperative that international applicants work through one of the agencies listed below that we coordinate with. Be sure to look around, each agency is different. When you have begun the application process, be sure to mention that you want to work at Brant Lake Camp!
- Camp Leaders
- InterExchange/Camp USA
- Camp Counselors USA
- Camp America
As noted, the Support Staff at Brant Lake provides all the necessary “supporting services” to allow us to run a first rate camp in terms of our sports facilities, bunks, kitchen and food as well as laundry.
Each summer we hire about 35 young people from all over the world for a 9-10 week period, who work in teams to accomplish their responsibilities. (Additional pre and post camp work is also available for those who wish.) They come from countries including, Mexico, The Czech Republic, Taiwan/R.O.C.,Jamaica, Poland, Hungary, Solvakia, Russia, Turkey, France, South Korea, People’s Republic of China, Ireland and Scotland, to name a few. It is truly a remarkable blend of people and cultures who bond together in this unique experience for what many describe as “one of the best summers of their lives”. While it’s a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun-- with time off to enjoy our facilities when not in use by the kids, our lake, the beautiful Adirondack State Park and evenings out via camp transportation.
In terms of your work experience, we would like you to have some prior experience in the area you are most interested in and have reasonably good skills in English so that you can understand what is being asked of you and be conversant.
Above all, we are looking for people who like to work with others from different backgrounds, are responsible, enjoy teamwork and are nice people to be around.
Since most of our Support Staff is comprised of International and Overseas students, which involves obtaining the proper visa to work in the United States, it is imperative that international applicants work through one of the agencies listed above who we coordinate with. As previously stated, when you have begun the application process with an agency, be sure to mention that you want to work at Brant Lake Camp if we seem like we might be for you! (FYI-- Those who contact Brant Lake Camp or apply directly will always be referred back to one of the approved visa sponsoring agencies.)