FAQ & Updates

What are the dates and how much does it pay?
fireplaceThe dates of employment are May 22nd – July 23rd, 2017. There are three pay periods, the first two cover about 20% of your total salary and the third covers the balance. 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 23-July 28) and Camp Rainbow (July 28-August 5). You can expect to earn $4,610 for 9 weeks of employment.

How many campers and staff are at camp?
In a typical session, we have around 210 campers, about 50 counselors, and 40 support staff. Cabin sizes vary between 4 and 8 campers, depending their age.

Isn’t Arizona all desert and really hot in the summer?
paiute cabinNot exactly. Arizona is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country. Friendly Pines is nestled in the pine trees of the Prescott National Forest. At an elevation of 6300’ , the average high temperature is in the mid to high 80’s F and the average low is 60 F. The air is very dry.

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 if I’ve never been to a camp nor worked at one?
Staff - 4thSome 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?
Staff members get one day off per week. The day off schedule is dependent on a lot of variables and varies week-to-week. Counselors are off duty from 9:20 am until 10:55 pm. 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, however, are still bound to your no drug, tobacco & alcohol commitment.

What if I don’t have a car?
Tug o War 2Many 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?
Copy of Staff with 2 campersMost 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 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?
lotsoffaces_edited-1Cell 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, 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 cabins 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.

For More Important Information
Please read our 2016 Job Description for information about the position and some of the requirements and policies.