Work at Camp

Have You Got What it Takes?

When it comes to the Horseshoe team, we are looking for the best of the best! At Camp Horseshoe we hire only those extraordinary people who love camp, love the outdoors, and love working with campers. We find those rare individuals who understand the tremendous responsibility involved in caring for other people’s children, and are ready to do the job right. “Shoe” staff members are high-energy, passionate people who want to work hard, give their all, and make a positive impact in the lives of our boys. If you are that person, we can’t wait to meet you!

Each summer we hire enthusiastic, nurturing group counselors, and skilled athletics, outdoor adventure, and waterfront staff. If you are interested in joining the Camp Horseshoe team, please complete our online application.

2022 Season Dates

  • Pre-camp Orientation: June 11 – June 20
  • Full Session: June 20 – August 11
  • First Session: June 20 – July 15
  • Second Session: July 17 – August 11
  • Visiting Weekend: July 15 – July 16

*Note: Staff applicants must be available from June 11 – August 11, 2022

Staff Positions

Our phenomenal staff members are the heart and soul of a successful Horseshoe summer. Coaching, mentoring, and taking the best care of campers is their crucial work. As part of the Camp Horseshoe family, you will have a chance to teach campers important life skills, while making friends from around the world and creating memories that last a lifetime.

There are several types of staff positions at Horseshoe. Although the responsibilities vary, each position is equally important, and camp could not function without the talented and hardworking individuals who serve in these roles.

Click on the role below to learn more about each position.

Cabin Counselors

Cabin Counselors are enthusiastic, nurturing individuals who live with and care for a group of campers and are assigned to various activities throughout the day. Cabin counselors are fun-loving, spirited, responsible and conscientious. They must have patience, compassion, fairness, great listening skills and the ability to relate to kids. We look for applicants who have some experience working with children. The minimum age to be a Cabin Counselor is having completed freshman year in college.

Program Specialists

Program Specialists are individuals who have expertise in a specific activity, and work full-time in that program area. Some specialists live in staff housing and some live in cabins with campers. Specialists who do not live with campers will have additional evening responsibilities and will assist with the planning of some all-camp activities and special events. Applicants must demonstrate a strong aptitude in their specialty area and must have experience teaching/coaching children.

Group leaders

Group leaders act as a liaison between the head counselors and the group or division for which they are responsible. Group leaders are direct supervisors of the campers and counselors in their group and assist the head counselors with all activities, cabin issues and staff performance. They meet with the head counselors daily to maintain an open line of communication with their counselors and campers. Since group leaders are special staff who live and work on Cabin Row, they are perfect for personal communication situations that arise. They help set the positive overall tone which incorporates our mission of teaching children the skills of making and keeping friends while building self-esteem and self-confidence.

Group Leaders are older college students or college graduates with experience in summer camping, youth work or education. They are responsible for ensuring a comfortable living environment for the campers and staff under their leadership, and communicating with the head counselors and directors on a daily basis.

Medical Staff

Medical Staff are a crucial part of the camp community. We have a staff of full-time RNs who dispense all medications (prescription and over-the-counter), perform triage, treat campers and staff at daily clinic calls, supervise campers not well enough to attend activities, manage our Health Center, and are on call to respond to medical needs on camp. Nurses must be licensed RNs who love and understand children, and must obtain Wisconsin license (we will assist with this process). Nurses may also be asked to help supervise day trips and help address general community health and hygiene issues.

Support Staff

Support Staff are critical to the functioning of camp, and work around the clock to take care of all of our campers and staff. Our hardworking kitchen staff members assist in the preparation, serving and cleanup of three meals and snacks daily, plus additional duties as requested. Our maintenance staff members care for 140 acres of land and buildings, including lawn and grounds work, indoor and outdoor building upkeep, and response to emergency situations.

Ready for an unforgettable summer?