Summer Camp Counselors at Hidden Valley
We seek warm, bright, energetic, child-centered individuals for our staff of over 100 summer camp counselors and support staff. In anticipation of an important professional relationship, we interview each candidate, looking for significant personal resources and accomplishments, talents in camp areas, self-awareness, solid judgment, and a capacity to participate productively in a child-centered environment. References and background checks are a required part of this process.
Our 2-week staff training addresses relationship building, group life, conflict resolution and more. Counselors then develop teaching programs and a rich understanding of their cabin groups in anticipation of camper arrival.
Peter and Meg provide ongoing staff supervision and guidance. All counselors are trained in risk management and Hidden Valley’s staff also includes five Registered Nurses.
Learn more about Staff Life
International Camp Counselors
Approximately 15% of our staff hails from countries such as Holland, Britain, and New Zealand; the rest join us from throughout the U.S. Some former campers return to support the next generation of campers. Many others are students, working artists and outdoors-people who find that Hidden Valley's progressive values and philosophy match their own. Find out more about International Staff life here.
Staff Training Video
What HV Camp Counselors Say
I loved working in such a caring, educational, lively environment for both staff and campers.
- HVC Counselor
This summer has been fun and deliciously paradoxical. I've been brought back to my own childhood and yet this summer's experiences make me feel older, wiser... better equipped for life.
- HVC Counselor
Your compassion and patience with your employees and campers is something I remember every day when I'm teaching.
- HVC Instructor
Thank you for being so supportive, sensitive and caring to the staff as well as the campers... I have personally grown this summer and this would never have happened were it not for the two of you... Peter - I shake my head in amazement watching you jump from meeting to meeting and still take the time to really be there for everyone on a personal level... Meg - thanks for being the universal "Mom" for campers and staff...with such compassion, fairness and true wisdom.
- Letter from a Counselor to Meg and Peter
Our daughter chose Hidden Valley from the several camps she saw in videos. But videos cannot guarantee that there will be a caring person who takes time to notice that a child who is generally sunny may need some attention from time to time... I cannot tell you how comforting it was for us to know that you were there for her when she most needed a friend... Counselors like yourself make all the difference in a child's life and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Letter from a Parent to a Summer Camp Counselor