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Work at Friends Camp 2017-11-13T22:09:25+00:00

Ready to change lives?

We will begin reviewing applications for the 2018 summer season in December, 2017. For our nine week summer season, we look to hire about thirty people. One-third to one-half of our staff are returning staff each year. Please feel free to ask questions about working at Friends Camp at any time– you can reach Anna, Friends Camp Director, at (207) 445-2361 or by email at


A Little Bit about Friends Camp

Friends Camp is a small Quaker (Friends) youth camp located on China Lake in South China, Maine. The focus, polices, annual budget, and program direction of the camp are under the care of a Friends Camp Committee that is appointed by the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.  Friends Camp staff members and youth campers come from diverse religious, geographic, racial, and economic backgrounds. Because of our diverse camper population, Friends Camp makes a special effort to hire counselors and staff of color.  While it is not a requirement for counselor or staff member to be a Quaker, we do ask all staff to be comfortable with Quakerism and with Quaker values. Most essentially, we ask that our staff commit to seeing the goodness (or Light) in every person.

  • At Friends Camp, we practice the Quaker values of community, equality, integrity, peace, & simplicity.
  • We are a youth camp with a unique atmosphere of tolerance and love where special friendships develop.
  • All members of our camp community try to see the Light of God in everyone.
  • Our interesting, creative, non-competitive, and fun activities help young people grow into healthy and responsible  adults.
  • We seek socio-economic diversity by providing affordable tuition and camperships.

It is not our practice at Friends Camp to preach Quakerism, but to live the principles that represent the Quakerism.


We need people who can be fully committed to the responsibilities of the job of being a camp counselor or staff member. Honesty, maturity, skills and creativity are high on our list for young adults we are looking to hire. Being a counselor or staff member can be difficult or exhausting at times, but (in our opinion) it is the most rewarding and important summer job you could have.

2018 Positions

Counselors/Activity Leaders (minimum age 19)
Many counselors are also lifeguards and drivers. Counselors lead programs according to their own interests and talents. Counselors form the heart and soul of each camper’s experience at Friends Camp, so we look to hire positive role models who enjoy being with children and teenagers. Counselors also need to be highly creative and contribute to all programs, regardless of their specialty. To apply, you must have lived away from home for at least one year and be 19 or older by the summer months.

Waterfront Director (minimum age 21)

The waterfront director also works to ensure safety at waterfront, help run programs at waterfront, and engages with campers, and helps keep camp up and running.

Nurse – Part time (Maine RN and at least two years of experience
The camp nurse for Friends Camp works up to 32 hours per week with free camp housing and meals. The nurse must be open to some weekend work and to flexible hours.

Health Hut Staff 
Health Hut Staff also act as counselors and gain valuable experience serving alongside the camp nurse in providing medical care to campers. Friends Camp can pay for Wilderness First Aid training for Health Hut Staff.

Kitchen and Maintenance Support Staff (minimum age 21)
Kitchen support staff help the cooks as well as the maintenance director at camp. At Friends Camp, these support people are known as “Super People.” It is helpful if you have experience driving and a driver’s license. Support People at Friends Camp also help out by supervising campers for an hour or so every day and deliver snacks (making you a favorite among campers!)

Head Cook and Assistant Cook
Friends Camp is looking to hire an experienced head cook who is interested in working for Friends Camp for several summers.  We can offer a competitive salary and a nice two bedroom waterfront cottage for you (and for your family) to use during the nine week summer from mid June to mid August. We also offer optional employment for a cook on some weekends in the spring and fall. An assistant cook at Friends Camp could work just weekends or full time– we like to build positions around great cooks.

How do I apply?

Please use the CampMinder online application and complete online links for three references. Please, no peer or relative references. If you are qualified, the Director will interview you by phone/Skype or in person. If you have any questions about the application process or about Friends Camp, please feel free to contact the director at 207-445-2361 or

Staff Orientation

The orientation is an important training, learning, and bonding week for the counselors and staff. It is week for us to start to build our camp staff family, to learn about Friends Camp programming, to learn about the needs of the campers, and to prepare the program areas. We will also share skills, develop the programs, practice safety procedures at camp, and review policies. If you plan to apply to work at Friends Camp this summer, please be available for the full nine weeks.  THIS SUMMER All OF THE COUNSELORS AND STAFF WILL STARTING WORKING ON JUNE 16, 2018 and WILL END WORK AT CAMP ON AUGUST 19, 2018 at NOON.  Lifeguards and Watercraft Staff will arrive at camp for training sessions on the morning of August 15th.