Staff Dates, Salary & FAQ

FPC Counselor Fast Facts
Minimum Dates of Employment* May 18th-July 19th, 2020
Salary $5,535.00 for 9 weeks
Basic Age Requirement 18 years old with at least one year of post-high school experience

*Challenge and Riding Staff Training: May 11th-17th (mandatory attendance for Challenge & Riding Staff applicants; no exceptions) 

*Waterfront & Target Sports Training: May 16th-17th (mandatory attendance for Waterfront & Target Sports Staff applicants; no exceptions) 


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What are the dates and how much does it pay?

The dates of employment for our Summer 2020 counseling staff are May 18th – July 19th. You can expect to earn $5,535.00 for 9 weeks of employment, and you will be paid bi-monthly. Room & board for the summer is also provided. Some of the staff also have a chance to extend their season by helping with two special health needs camps, Nick and Kelly Heart Camp (July 20th-July 24th) and Camp Rainbow (July 24th-August 1st). The salary for those weeks will be determined at a later date.

How many campers and staff are at camp?
In a typical session, we have around 230 campers, about 50 counselors, and 40 support staff. Cabin sizes vary between 4 and 8 campers, depending their age.

What are the minimum qualifications?
Staff members must be at least 18 years of age, have some college education, and remain a non-user of tobacco and alcohol during the dates of employment.

What is the application process like?
You will fill out an online application. In addition to the application, you will also need to complete a one-way recorded interview. The link for the interview can be found once you’ve started the online app. Once we review your application and one-way interview, if we like what we see we will begin to contact the references you provided on your application. After all this, we will then decide to contact you for a live, two-way interview. From there we will decide whether or not to offer you a position for next summer. Below is a timeline for our 2020 Application Cycle:

Tues. October 1, 2019 Returning Staff Invite Emails sent
Tues. October 15, 2019 New Counselor Applications Open
Fri. November 15, 2019 Deadline for regular Returning Staff intent

Deadline for completion of all Returning Staff Re-Interviews

Sun. December 1, 2019 Deadline for First Wave* New Counselor Application

Begin First Wave 2-Person Live Interviews

Wed. January 15, 2020 Decisions for First Wave Applicants sent

Rolling Application period begins

What is the “First Wave Application Cycle”?
First Wave applicants are simply the candidates that complete their applications by December 1st, 2019. Instead of having applications trickle in and extending 2-way interviews throughout the fall, we wait until December and then send out a batch invite to all potential candidates. After we notify the First Wave applicants on our hiring decision, we will go back to the model of extending 2-way interviews as we receive applications. Basically, we want to consider all of our early/initial applications in one grouping with the First Wave, even though we understand we likely won’t fill every position come January. This allows us to responsibly consider applicants for positions that are actually available. We are looking for motivated and driven applicants who plan ahead, and feel this is a great way to see candidates that have good organizational skills to apply early. However, applying during the First Wave Cycle does not necessarily guarantee your chances of getting a job or even an interview.

Can I apply after the First Wave Application deadline?
Of course! We fully realize we will not be able to fill all of our positions purely based on our First Wave applicants. In fact, we are often continually hiring staff, sometimes even filling positions days before the summer even starts! Just because in November, someone planned on being available for next summer, that does not mean that come the summer they will still be able to work at camp; things change all the time! Even if it’s May, if we have positions to fill, we first refer to applications we have on file. It’s always in your favor to fill out an application, because who knows what could happen??

What if I’ve never been to a camp nor worked at one?
Some of our best counselors have had zero camp experience before Friendly Pines. Responsibility, character, and judgment can be far more valuable than previous experience in camp life.

How do days off work?
Within a 2-week session, staff members will receive three evenings off (6 hours off) and one 24-hour day off. For the evenings off, you are free to leave starting at 5PM, and you must check-in by 11PM. There can be absolutely NO alcohol or drug consumption on evenings off–this is a fireable offense. At the end of the session, counselors will receive a full 24-hours off. Your day off is yours to enjoy, you’ll have earned it! You are free to leave camp, visit the Grand Canyon, go tubing on the Salt River, watch movies, or whatever. You are required to promptly check in the next day in order to prep for the next round of campers

What if I don’t have a car?
Many of our counselors do not have a vehicle at camp; many of them do. We keep that in mind when determining the day off schedule. Chances are you will choose to spend your day off with other counselors who are off duty. Chances are that many of them will have vehicles. If needed, we will be happy to give you a ride and drop you off in town (the city of Prescott is a short 6 mile drive). Just give us a call when you are ready to get picked up.

Where can I do laundry?
Most counselors will do it in town at one of the laundromats on their day off; however, you have the option to utilize the same laundry service that we use for the campers. It is sent into town and carries a per pound rate. As a courtesy, we cover a portion of laundry costs for our first-year international staff.

Can I access the internet while at camp?
Wireless connection is available in the staff lounge, and many counselors bring their personal laptops with them.

Can I use my cell phone at camp?
Cell phone reception, although much improved over recent years, is still limited due to our mountain location. Cell phones, along with any other electronics, are not allowed inside of cabins with children or in the main camp area AT ANY TIME, and can only be used while off duty. Friendly Pines Camp reserves the right to take steps to ensure that this policy is upheld.

What are the cabins like?
Rustic. All of the cabins have electricity, hot water, and a full bathroom (toilet, sink, shower). Most have wooden floors and bunk beds, but size and layout varies.

How big is the camp?
Roughly 120 acres. Most of it is undeveloped pine forest. Most of the buildings sit on 35 acres. The rest is used for camping and hiking. The camp is bordered on two sides by the Prescott National Forest. We are only 6 miles from Prescott, Arizona, but the camp has the feeling of being secluded and remote.

Isn’t Arizona all desert and really hot in the summer?
Not exactly. Arizona is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country. Friendly Pines Camp is nestled in the pine trees of the Prescott National Forest. At an elevation of 6,300’ , the average high temperature is in the mid to high 80sºF and the average low is 60ºF. The air is very dry. We do get some rain though! In late July, the annual monsoon season arrives with the possibility of thunderstorms everyday!

For More Important Information
Please read our 2020 Cover Letter for information about the position and some of the requirements and policies.