FAQ about Working at Hidden Valley

What is the Hidden Valley philosophy?
What will working at camp do for me?
Can I get school credit or internship credit for working at camp?
What is the camper population like?
What are the dates for this summer?
Where is Hidden Valley Camp?
What happens at night?
What are the cabins like?
What jobs are available?
I have a question about camp jobs? 
How much time off do I get?
What can I do during my off time?
How do I apply?
What happens after I send in my application?
Do I have to be certified to work at camp?
I'm not an American citizen, is that okay? 
How old do I have to be to apply?
What can I expect to get paid? 
What's staff training like?

What is the Hidden Valley philosophy?

H.V.C. is unregimented, non-competitive and non-sectarian. Campers have many choices within a supportive structure. In our informal atmosphere, we minimize hierarchy and foster independence and creativity among staff members. HVC has no rifles, uniforms, or color war. Our non-competitive, non-sectarian community provides individualized attention to all campers in a structured yet un-pressured atmosphere. Read more about our philosophy here.

What will working at camp do for me?

Working at summer camp will build a wealth of skills that will benefit you in almost any job situation. You'll build communication and conflict resolution skills, as well as become more knowledgeable about working with children and working in a team environment. You'll also learn effective teaching methods that can benefit you whenever you need to break skills down and instruct adults and children alike.
 Click here to learn more about why working at HVC has meant so much to people.  

Can I get school credit or internship credit for working at camp?
Yes! Very often you can get credit for working at camp. We can talk about what the specific requirements are for your school, but we often have staff who get credit for their work at camp.


What is the camper population like?

At HVC we have 250 boys and girls ages 8-13 who hail from all over the US and the world. Campers come to Hidden Valley from countries such as Korea, Japan, Venezuela, China, Australia, Switzerland and more. 

What are the dates for this summer?

Each year varies slightly. Generally we begin training on around the 8th of June and end on or about August 21. See this summer's dates.

Where is Hidden Valley Camp?

We are located approximately 85 miles northeast of Portland, Maine. We are on 350 acres of privately owned land, near the Atlantic coast, complete with our own secluded lake. Learn more about our Location here. 

What's the daily schedule like?

Read about the daily schedule and the programs that we offer at camp here.

What happens at night?
Every night we have an evening program; when you're "on" at night you'll participate in the evening activities with your campers. Sometimes cabin groups spend the evening together doing an activity, and some nights we do whole camp activities. Evening programs include: Valleyfest (our version of a talent show), the Wheel of Misfortune (you gotta be there), special cabin programs, dances, guest performers and more

What are the cabins like?
Our cabins are simple wooden structures with electricity and indoor plumbing. All the windows have screens or glass. Each camper and counselor has a bunk and a cubby to make their own!

What jobs are available?

We're currently hiring staff in most program areas. Check out our Job Opportunities page for more details and apply for a job at your earliest convenience.


I have a question about camp jobs?

Email Meg and Peter Kassen. Peter and Meg are camp's Owners and Directors, and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.


How much time off do I get?

Hidden Valley is generous in the personal time we provide to staff, as it is important to us that staff members get ample rest to provide their campers with the best supervision possible. Staff members get two hours off a day, as well as approximately every other night and one day off per week. Nights off begin around 6pm and you're due back at 7:30am the next morning. Days off are 36 hours: 6pm to 7:30am not the next day, but the day after. 


What can I do during my off time?

Maine has lots to offer staff on their off time. From quiet coastal towns to outlet shopping in Freeport to hiking at Acadia National Park, there is always something new to discover on your time off. Staff have access to our waterfront, pottery, stained glass, arts & crafts buildings, sports equipment, 350 acres of fields and forest, sauna, staff cabin, and other facilities during their off time. We have a local resource guide available in the camp office with lots of options. 

How do I apply?

Check out the application page. Complete the application and a reference form and we'll be in touch!

What happens after I send in my application?

Once you email your application to we'll be in touch with you within 10 business days. If we feel that there is an available position at camp that would be a good fit, we will schedule a phone interview with you as quickly as possible. We will then check your references (please make sure to include these in your application) before offering you a position at camp. 

Do I have to be certified to work at camp?

We don't require any certifications to be hired to work at camp, though we welcome any you may have. There are certain areas that require demonstrated knowledge of skills and procedures, such as the ropes course, waterfront and horse riding program. In these areas we offer certification to our staff. This helps us to ensure that staff have the necessary skills and are familiar with our facilities and safety procedures. 


I'm not an American citizen, is that okay? 
Sure is! We hire international staff every summer. There will be some details to sort out to ensure you have the proper working visa, but we can work this out with you.


How old do I have to be to apply?
We're looking for staff who are 18 years of age and older and will have completed a year out of high school by the start of summer.

What can I expect to get paid? 

Salaries are competitive with other camps. Bonuses are offered for certain experience and credentials. Free room and board. And the food is GREAT!


What's staff training like?

Our specialized training includes professional workshops in counseling techniques and a range of leadership and counseling issues. We enjoy our 12-day orientation, setting up program areas and visiting coastal Maine as we build a community among the staff. All staff spend a day of staff training enjoying our ropes course. Pre-camp training may include Red Cross lifeguard and ropes training for those with previous experience.

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