Summer Camp Program Staff (Various Positions)

THE COLLEGE SETTLEMENT OF PHILADELPHIA Horsham, PA $2900.00 to $3500.00 one time



As one of the longest running non-profit summer camps in the region, our summer jobs are a great way to gain great experience in youth development and education, expand your own skill set and join a team where staff members are valued as the heart and soul of what we do.

We are proud that 2021 will be our 99th year offering summer camp programs.  We are committed to making excellent programs accessible to children from ALL socioeconomic backgrounds and to guarantee that no child misses out on the summer of a lifetime because of inability to pay. We work with schools and community leaders to actively recruit children who would most benefit from our summer camp programs.

We recruit a dedicated, talented, driven, diverse staff who are encouraged to be creative and think big - to bring their own ideas and skills to each of our programs.  We have a wide variety of jobs available, and bring in staff from all over the USA and around the globe to bring our programs to life. 


College Settlement's culture is progressive, embraces diversity and inclusion, and is rooted in deep seated traditions of treating people with dignity and respect. 


All of our summer program fees are heavily subsidized, thus ensuring that all children can afford to attend our camp.  We are able offer a high value program at a much reduced cost thanks to our many funders and sponsors.


We look for folks who can make good judgement calls, are hard working, self motivated, flexible, enthusiastic and prepared to dive into any and all activities that we offer.   We recruit staff who will be positive role models, who are patient, compassionate and genuinely committed to the welfare and development of young people!   

Our ideal staff members exhibit enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, integrity, self-motivation and adaptability.  They are collaborative, spontaneous, willing to be goofy but also have a good head on their shoulders! Our staff members treat others with respect, and work though the tougher moments treating everyone with dignity and grace.


  • We prefer a minimum age of 18 years old
  • Previous experiences working with children is essential
  • Positive role models with the ability to set great examples for their campers in a fun-loving setting 
  • For specialized positions such as pool, trip, bikes, ropes or camper advocate positions - we require skill specific certifications and experience.  Details of these specific skills can be found by shooting us an email or checking each individual job description.


  • Other than the great work environment and rewards of being able to make a real difference - 
  • Excellent resume building opportunity
  • Culturally diverse environment
  • Full room and board are provided for overnight camp staff.  
  • College Internship or Credit (contact your college for details)
  • Opportunity to extend work into spring/fall/winter seasons


College Settlement Camp is a beautiful 235 acre  site located in Horsham, PA.  We are conveniently located 15 miles outside of Philadelphia.  Our camp includes a 4-acre pond perfect for boating and fishing, wetlands and many small streams where salamanders, frogs and fish can be found,  meadows and woodland trails that teem with wildlife and campers playing all sorts of games.  We also have a real organic farm on site run by  partner organization Pennypack Farm, and we take our campers there to help plant, harvest and taste test the great fruits and vegetables grow on site. 

We have several pavilions, two nature centers, 2 dining halls/multipurpose buildings, and cabins for our Overnight Camp programs. We also have two swimming pools, both low and high ropes courses, a climbing tower and two tree houses. 


As a College Settlement staff member, you may have the opportunity to experience MANY of the following: hike beautiful waterfall trails, mountain bike, climb, zipline, white water raft, catch dinosaurs, visit the organic farm, cook, paint donkeys, perform in talent shows and counselor fear-factor, lead night hikes, play in a famous camp band, wrestle chickens, get painted, make candles, make s'mores, make friends, make memories, make noise, speak other languages, learn cricket and rugby and hurling, stargaze, dance, sing, camp under the stars, invent new games and have the best summer of your life.


This summer we will be running at a much reduced capacity.  Counselors will have fewer campers in each group, and we will schedule activities in "pods" that limits the number of people mixing during the day.

Overnight campers and staff will be rapid tested before being admitted into the program.

Day campers and staff will have daily temperature checks and screening questions before being able to join us for the day.

Masks are required of all campers and staff at all times except at meals times and swimming activities which will be help outdoors.  Overnight campers will be sleeping in cabins with 50% occupancy.

We have CDC approved cleaning, sanitization, contact tracing and communication protocols in place for the summer.

We are hoping to be able to provide COVID vaccination opportunities for summer staff.


PROJECTED DATES Staff orientation and camp sessions run between June 7th (specialized training) or June 14 (counselor training) though August and 13th 2021.

Lifeguard and High Ropes training sessions offered

Full job descriptions can be provided by emailing 

We have residential (live at camp) and day only (live at home) positions for each of the following positions.  ALL staff members share counselor duties when not running their specific program activities. 

Below is a brief description of each job and the experience and qualifications required:

  • General Counselor (Minimum age 18+) Counselors work directly with their own group of 7-12 year old campers. Counselors spend summer participating in all the activities with their kids, and get to lead activities they have expertise in.  Counselors have the most vital position of the summer - and are the staff member making the magic happen for the campers! Bus counselor positions also available (ride the bus to/from Philadelphia with campers as supervisors)

  • Village Leader (Minimum age 21+)  Coordinate all aspects of a camp “village” consisting of 30 campers plus 5 staff.  Schedule and organize village activities, mentor and supervise counselors, act as village lead, support staff in their daily programs. Experience with camp programs, youth work, supervisory/leadership experience required. 

  • Environmentalist (Minimum age 18+) Environmental Education specialist lead small group activities such as creek crawls, nature hikes, fun "nature stuff".  They are responsible for and teach about our camp animals collection - donkeys, goats, chickens, snakes, etc. Experience with teaching, environmental education, science education or other relevant experience required. 

  • Bike Program Leader (Minimum age 18+) Lead mountain biking activities round camp, teach campers bike safety, teach campers how to ride a bike - perform basic bike maintenance on fleet. Experience with basic bicycle maintenance desired

  • High Ropes Program Leader (Minimum age 18+) Previous experience required  Lead climbing tower and high ropes activities, teach basic belay skills, set up and take down equipment and perform all safety checks. Experience with climbing belay systems, high ropes required.

  • Swim Instructors/lifeguards (Minimum age 18+)   Provide safety coverage at our two pools and coordinate swim lessons, pool games, create fun aquatic events. Previous swim teaching and or lifeguarding experience and current Lifeguard Training/CPR certification required (or be able to complete by summer) 

  • Camper Advocate (Minimum age 21+)   Provide support to camp staff to assist campers with any behavioral or emotional concerns while at camp. Lead workshops on positive communication and esteem building activities. Previous experience in counseling, special education, behavior management or youth development required  

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