Staff Info & FAQ
Let’s be honest. Working at a summer camp is not for everyone. If you’re seeking a summer job that is predictable and routine, then camp may not be for you. If you’re looking for a job that exists only between business hours and is easily forgotten once you exit the doors at quitting time, then camp may not be for you. If you want a job that never tests the limits of your ability, then a job at a summer camp most definitely isn’t for you.
But if you’re looking for a summer unlike any you’ve ever experienced; one that will put demands on your ability to solve problems; one that asks for an investment of creativity, caring and courage; one that will draw upon the very best YOU have to offer, then read on!
Summer breaks represent a valuable slice of time in your life, and how you choose to fill them is a critical life-decision. Working as a summer camp counselor at Friendly Pines Camp is one of the smartest choices you can make.
Not only will your job here keep you gainfully employed,
but it will also enrich your life in a variety of ways. Here’s a list of some of the unique benefits a job at Friendly Pines Camp has to offer:
- A dynamic opportunity to be a positive influence and role model in the lives of young people.
- Profound life-long friendships with staff from across the country and around the world
- Greater independence and self-reliance
- Improved decision-making skills
- Living close to nature in a gorgeous mountain setting
- FUN! FUN! FUN!
- A job where everyday is a surprise and a journey.
So this summer, set-up shop in the great outdoors. Spend ten unforgettable weeks under Arizona’s tall Ponderosa pines. Bask in the warmth of our clear Arizona days. Enjoy the crisp Arizona nights. Sleep beneath a breathtaking canopy of stars. Make a difference in the lives of hundreds of young people while impacting both your life and resume. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your application.
We accept applicants that are at least 18 years old and have been out of high school for at least one year. This post-high school experience can be working, university, or a gap year.
We sometimes hire 17 year olds to work in our kitchen. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We are only 6 miles from Prescott, Arizona in the Bradshaw Mountains. We are approximately 2 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The camp has the feeling of being secluded and remote; our property is roughly 120 acres, and most of it is undeveloped pine forest. Most of the buildings sit on 35 acres. Our ropes course and lake is on the remaining acreage, which is also used for camping and hiking. The camp is bordered on two sides by the Prescott National Forest.
Staff members will receive nine evenings off and five 24-hour days off throughout the 10 weeks of employment.
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 certain weeks, counselors will receive a full 24-hour day/night 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.
Additionally, staff members will have on-site freetime away from campers for a couple hours most days.
You will receive a check every two weeks. You'll receive your final paycheck on your last day of work (if it falls before the next two-week mark).
We are not able to do direct deposits for summer staff. If you are international, you may request to have us cash your check for you; cash requests must be made with at least 3 days notice if you'd like to be paid on time.
Yes! Normally, our internationals make up about ⅓ of our counselor staff. Counselors come from all over the world. We've had counselors from England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Spain, Wales, among others!
In 2021, we are only hiring internationals who rolled over from 2020 but were not able to come last year. We will resume our normal international hiring efforts for summer 2022.
If you are not a permanent resident of the United States, you must apply through one of the many international placing organizations available, and not through FPC's website. We are unable to consider international applicants unless they use one of these services because of visas and government paperwork. Camp America and Camp Leaders are two agencies that we use to hire international staff members.
If you have already applied to one of these agencies, shoot us an email to direct us to your profile on the agency's website!
If you are a dual citizen, and one of your passports is American, please contact Megan at email@example.com to discuss your options.
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!
Our smallest sessions will have ~120 campers, and our largest sessions will have ~170 campers.
Our staff is comprised of 45-50 counselors, and ~30 support staff.
Rustic, but 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.
Cabin sizes vary between 4 and 7 campers, depending their age; younger cabins will have fewer campers.
Cabin size will also determine if a co-counselor will live in the cabin too. Most cabins will have just one counselor, but some will have a second staff member.
We do not have air conditioning in the cabins, but all do have fans and screened windows.
An example cabin for boys, aged 10
An example cabin for girls, aged 13
An example cabin for girls, aged 7
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--failure to comply can be grounds for dismissal.
Cell phone reception, although much improved over recent years, is still limited due to our mountain location.
WIFI is available in the staff lounge, and many counselors bring their personal laptops with them.
Our days at camp are BUSY! But oh so much fun!
Flag Raising & Exercises on Ballfield
First Activity Period Begins
First Activity Period Ends
Second Activity Period Begins
Second Activity Period Ends | Snack @ Post Office
Third Activity Period Begins
Third Activity Period Ends | Re-Group @ Benches
Clean-up Bell for Lunch
Siesta Ends | Snack @ Post Office
Fourth Activity Period Begins
Fourth Activity Period Ends
Fifth Activity Period Begins
Fifth Activity Period Ends | Re-Group @ Benches | Mail Distributed.
Cabin Clean-up and Free-time
Clean-up Bell for Dinner
Flag Lowering on Ballfield
Retire to Cabins
Lights Out / Duty Counselors Report to Cabins
Non-Duty Counselors Report to Cabins for Bed
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.
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 time 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.
Arizona is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country. When people think of Arizona, they often think of hot, dry desert with scorching temperatures; however that climate is just one portion of the state!
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 (~29ºC) and the average low is 60ºF (~15ºC). 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!
Yes! We are able to accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions (e.g. lactose-free, dairy-free), food allergies (e.g. gluten allergy, soy allergy), and special diets (e.g. vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, no red meat).
We are a nut-free camp, so peanut and other nut allergy people are encouraged to work at camp!