Summer Camp Staff

This is not just a summer job. It’s a life-changing, soul-shaking, plan-wrecking experience.

Want to be challenged like you’ve never been challenged before? Want to see Christ working in you and through you in brand new ways? Want to be part of a community of Jesus-lovers, giving your all each day in worship to Him? You could be used by God this summer to bring good news to children & teens, while making lifelong friends and gaining invaluable experience to add to your resume. Oh, and don’t forget about the super fun activities you’ll be doing ;) You can serve God anywhere, but maybe he’s calling you to join our team and make a kingdom impact at RVR!

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Summer Dates

June 7–12 Leadership Summit Program Directors, Health Aides, Sous Chefs, Line Cooks, Outpost Staff
June 10–12 Auxiliary Training Adventure Staff, Horsemanship Staff, Crew Chiefs
June 14–19 Orientation Week Counselors, A/V Techs, Paintball Staff, Lifeguards, Prep Cooks, CITs, Craft Shop, Office Asst., + all above
June 21–Aug 15 Camp Season Everyone!

RVR has 4 different camps, all of which operate on our beautiful 500-acre property in northern Maryland (except for Outpost, which is a traveling day camp). Because we have so much room to spread out, we’re able to separate our camps by age in order to provide a better experience for our campers and create more age appropriate programs.

Program Directors and Counselors are hired to work in a specific camp location, while Support Staff work all over depending on their position, responsibilities and schedule. Learn more about each of our camps by clicking the names below:

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Camp Programs

Classic
Camps

Classic camp is our traditional summer camp experience and is our largest camp program. This program is great for those wanting to experience the variety of what RVR has to offer. Whether you’re new to camp, or just like mixing it up each day, this could be a great place for you to serve.

Classic Camp is offered at all four RVR camps.

Adventure
Camps

Not for the faint of heart, Adventure Camp is for those who like to chase thrills, overcome challenges, and reach new heights. Your days will be spent coaching campers on adventure activities and your nights will be spent in the woods. Huh?!? That’s right, Adventure campers and staff live in super cool platform tents and teepees in the woods!

Adventure Camp is offered at Fort Roller & Frontier Town.

Paintball
Camps

Paintball is an exciting sport that allows participants to learn new skills, discover hidden courage, and develop bonds of loyalty. To work in Paintball camp, you have to know and love the game, and beyond that you’ll need to understand how to use experiences on the field as a way to connect with campers and connect them to God’s truth.

Paintball Camp is offered at Fort Roller & Frontier Town and is exclusively for boys, except for a few coed weeks in Frontier Town.

Horsemanship
Camps

If you love horses, barns, boots, and of course kids, then Horsemanship Camp is for you. Where else can you combine these passions with your desire to serve the Lord in ministry? You’ll be dirty and sweaty most of your summer, but you’re all about that life! Whether you’re caring for the animals or the campers, you’ll be right where you want to be.

Horsemanship Camp is offered at Fort Roller & Frontier Town and is exclusively for girls.

"The toughest job you'll ever love!"

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Camp Positions

Click each position below for a brief job description:

Program Director
Program Director
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Program Director

Each camp program has a Program Director who is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing everything that goes on there. They create and maintain an environment where their team members can thrive, as well as making sure their campers have an awesome experience. Program Directors also take an active role in the discipleship of their staff by mentoring, encouraging, and equipping those they are assigned to care for. In addition to camp ministry experience, Program Directors should be creative, enthusiastic, motivated, and responsible.

Counselor
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Counselor

A Counselor's job is to build relationships with campers and share with them the love and message of Christ. They do this in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings by engaging campers in activities, leading small groups, and initiating gospel conversations. A blend of parent/friend/coach/teacher, a counselor has the opportunity to make a profound difference in a camper’s life. Living in the cabins, participating in activities, sharing meals together, and hanging out during free time give a counselor the unique privilege of making a meaningful life impact in just one week of camp.

Crew Chief
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Crew Chief

Kind of like two jobs in one, it’s double the fun! Crew Chiefs mentor the high school students in our TNT Program and supervise the TNT work crews. A Crew Chief's role extends beyond the work place as they are responsible for leading devotions, running activities, and using their spiritual wisdom and spiritual gifts to disciple teenagers. This position is usually a good fit for somebody who likes to work, wants to do youth ministry, and knows how to live in both of those worlds simultaneously.

  • Store Crew Chief (Female) – Works closely with our store coordinator to run the camp gift shop, ice cream counter, candy store, and grill.
  • Dining Crew Chief (Female) – Responsible for managing the FOH, including setting up, serving, and cleaning up after meals.
  • Housekeeping Crew Chief (Female) – Cleans the meeting spaces, restrooms, and offices. Also runs the Snowball stand each afternoon.
  • Field Crew Chief (Male) – Lawncare/Landscaping, Trail Maintenance, Wood Splitting, Trash Collection, basically getting tan and dirty.
  • Kitchen Crew Chief (Male) – Works in the Dish Pit. Also helps with recycling, food deliveries, cleaning kitchen, and other BOH chores.
Health Aide
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Health Aide

A camp Health Aide’s primary responsibilities include administering first aid, distributing medications, organizing medicine, paperwork/documentation, and supervising hospital trips if needed. But our Health Aide’s offer care beyond just the physical needs, taking advantage of opportunities to encourage and pray with campers and staff who visit the health center. This is a great position for Nursing students who have clinical experience and are eager to gain more. And along with learning and practicing a bunch of new skills, you’ll have a terrific addition on your resume!

Craft Shop Coordinator
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Craft Shop Coordinator

The Craft Shop is a place where campers get to engage their creativity as they work on a painting, jewelry, or tie-dye. The Craft Shop Coordinator organizes the supply inventory, schedules activities, teaches new skills, but more than that they love campers and inspire them through artistic expression. This job is ideal for somebody with artistic ability, an obsession for organization, and a desire to create a fun environment. The Craft Shop Coordinator is also in charge of the camp lost & found.

A/V Tech
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A/V Tech

Do you have real experience with photography, videography, and/or production? More importantly, do you LOVE and have a passion for visual mediums and are devoted to excellence and growth in all your work?? Our Audio/Visual Technicians make the camp story come alive each and every day of the summer by shooting and editing photos and video of every kind of RVR activity! They aren't afraid to jump in and capture the action of camp first-hand and encourage and interact with campers and staff all the while. In the evenings this tight crew works the magic of lights, sound, and software to enhance our camper services and the gospel message as its shared— if that gets you excited then this may be the place for you!

Lifeguard
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Lifeguard

Everybody knows what a lifeguard does, but not everybody knows what a camp Lifeguard does at RVR. Of course there’s cleaning the pool, sitting in the guard chair, supervising swimmers, and blowing your whistle at kids running around the pool deck. But you also get to build relationships with campers and fellow staff, participate in worship services and camp activities, create a safe and welcoming environment, and add style and enthusiasm to the camp pool events! Our Lifeguards aren’t just here to get a perfect tan, they are committed to safety, cleanliness, and fun, and they’re an important part of our ministry team.

Paintball Ref
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Paintball Ref

Wait a second, camp Paintball Ref is a real position? Absolutely it is. These guys are responsible for maintaining our paintball fields & equipment and guaranteeing a safe playing experience for our campers by refereeing the games. They also have the opportunity to coach and encourage campers both on and off the field. To be an RVR Paintball Ref you need to have experience playing the game, and ref experience is even better. Oh, and you also need to be willing to take a shot and throw yourself in the line of fire at times... Sorry gals, this position is for fella’s only.

Ropes Wrangler
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Ropes Wrangler

Our adventure activities are always a favorite, and our Ropes Wranglers are the ones who set up and run these activities. They are also responsible for maintaining the adventure activity sites and gear, as well as guaranteeing a safe and challenging experience for our campers. In addition to these daily responsibilities, they act as coaches on the course, instructing and encouraging participants as they navigate challenges of many kinds; physical, emotional, and mental. This role is perfect for the adventurous/outdoorsy type who are serious about safety and know how to have some serious fun.

Horse Wrangler
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Horse Wrangler

It takes a tremendous amount of hard work caring for the fifty horses in our herd. There’s feeding and watering, grooming and tacking, cleaning and medicating, training and riding. And then of course there’s all of the barn work that goes along with it, if you know what I mean. Horse Wranglers do all this and more as they instruct campers in horse lessons and lead guided rides through RVR’s wooded trails. In addition to horse experience, Wranglers have to be excited to work hard, get dirty, and deal with the unexpected challenges of caring for animals... Sorry guys, this position is for ladies only.

Office Assistant
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Office Assistant

There’s a lot going on at camp that nobody gets to see and most people don’t even think about. Before campers come to RVR for the best week of their life they have to get registered, be given a bunk assignment, submit online health forms, create a camp store account, and the list goes on and on. And when parents inevitably need help, they call the office. Our Office Assistant works alongside our full time office staff to provide campers and families the best possible experience, from the initial point of contact to the Friday farewell. If you want to work at camp, but see yourself in more of a “behind the scenes” role, maybe Office Assistant is for you. Office Assistants should be trained in Microsoft Office and have great people skills.

Sous Chef
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Sous Chef

We love good food. And with over 500 people eating three times a day, we serve a lot of it. Since we’re committed to whole and healthy, the majority of that food is cooked by our wonderful camp Sous Chefs. As team leader in the kitchen they are responsible for supervising and mentoring our cooks, as well handling all of the hot food, like meats, pastas, soups and sauces. To be a camp Sous Chef at RVR you must have experience cooking in a commercial kitchen, be fanatical about cleanliness and safety, and be okay working on your feet for several hours at a time. Oh yeah, and you should also be able to manage the kitchen and kitchen staff in a disciplined yet fun way. Bon Appétit!

Line Cook
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Line Cook

More than just filling bellies, our kitchen staff is dedicated to caring for people in a holistic way; body, mind, and spirit. That’s why they serve healthy, delicious meals, making sure to accommodate the various food concerns of our campers and staff. The Line Cook is kind of between the Sous Chef and the Prep Cooks, and acts as a “second in command” when the Sous Chef is off or away. Line Cooks will help the Sous Chefs with some of the oven and stove cooking, as well as assist the Prep Cooks with the preparation of the platters and trays. Experience is great, but if you’re a hard worker, familiar with a kitchen/restaurant environment, and good at both taking and giving instructions, this job could be for you.

Prep Cook
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Prep Cook

Our food service team is exactly that, a team. And for these folks, food is a passion and a ministry. Our Prep Cooks understand that the work they do in the kitchen, out of sight of campers and staff, is a significant part of providing a great RVR experience and a beautiful way of serving others. There are four Prep Cooks in each kitchen and they do almost all of the slicing, dicing, cracking, beating, grating and mincing it takes to serve over 500 people three times a day. This position is great for a quick learner who has a love of food and a desire to grow in their knowledge and skill in the kitchen.

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CIT

This job is for graduates of the TNT Program who have demonstrated a true servant's heart, great leadership potential, and an ability to build positive, Christ honoring relationships with both peers and supervisors. The role of the CIT is to assist their Crew Chief in the mentoring and job supervising of their specific crew, as well as assisting the TNT Program Directors with services and activities. More than anything, the CIT should be a positive example to the high school students in the TNT Program, modeling a good work ethic, a joyful attitude, and an authentic relationship with Jesus.

At RVR you have the opportunity to get paid doing what you love! In addition, you’ll have lodging and delicious meals provided all summer long. Pay is based on several factors like position, experience, education, and certifications. Here is a basic run down:

  Position Starting Salary
(for the summer)
Leadership Staff Program Director $2,000
Counselor Staff Residential Camp Counselor $1,700
Day Camp Counselor $1,500
Support Staff Health Aide, Craft Shop Coordinator, A/V Tech, Lifeguard, Paintball Ref, Ropes Wrangler, Horse Wrangler, Office Assistant $1,300
Kitchen Staff Sous Chef $2,000
Line Cook $1,600
Prep Cook $1,300
TNT Staff Crew Chief $1,700
CIT $1,100

"Quality, caring staff is one of RVR's pillars."

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Camp Staff FAQ

Did we answer all of your questions?
If not, please contact us or call us at (443)712-1010 ext.125.

"Camp is calling!"

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Application Process

Hopefully by now you’ve got all the info you need and are ready to get started. If so, click “Apply” below! Still have questions? We’d love to hear from you. Click “Contact” and leave us your info.

After we’ve received your Application and References, our staffing crew will determine if you’re a good fit for the RVR team. If so, we’ll reach out to schedule an interview. We prefer to interview in person, either at RVR or one of the college campuses where we recruit, but if that’s not possible we can use video chat. Thanks for taking the time to prayerfully consider a summer of ministry at RVR!