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Bear Leader

Job Title:  Teen Leadership Program Leader

Season: Summer Camp

Reports to: Youth Programs Director

Teen Leadership Program Overview: The Bears

The Bear program (all our groups have animal names) is integrated with the rest of camp while still fostering their own autonomy and rhythms. Bears develop skills in camping, outdoor cooking, facilitation and more.  Bears take on several adventures throughout camp: a backpacking trip, our high ropes course, and day outings.

The Bears live in rustic dwellings and their daily routine provides more opportunities for them to take responsibility for each other and themselves. As Big Bears, they engage in mentorship with the younger Otter group throughout each session. The Bears take on service leadership roles at camp, working on projects from trail maintenance to planning and leading all-camp festivities. 

By the end of the session, the Bears have culminated their Main Camp experience as camper-leaders, and are ready to take the next adventurous step (next year: Falcons!)

General Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and supervise, alongside your co-leader, a group of 8-16 teenagers throughout the 7 weeks of summer camp.
  • Uphold the camp’s mission and values as defined in the staff handbook
  • Facilitate or assist with various camp activities, both for your cabin group but occasionally for other groups or the whole camp
  • Coordinate all aspects of daily schedule during program
  • Prepare program logistics, from scheduling to activities
  • Co-facilitate a multi-day backpacking trip, as well as day outings
  • Drive a 14-passenger van
  • Supervise and facilitate use of camping equipment
  • Teach and supervise basic field-cooking workshops
  • Ensure safety and well-being of campers
  • Bring positivity, professionalism, and empathy to all interactions with campers, staff, and families
  • Complete all necessary paperwork (incident reports, camper reports, trip reports)


  • At least 21 years of age
  • CPR and Lifeguard certifications (Lifeguard training is provided at Camp Glen Brook free of charge)
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for working with teens
  • Experience with outdoor settings and camping
  • Strong work ethic and sense of initiative
  • Clean driving record
  • Desire to impart respect and stewardship of the environment
  • Demonstrated leading ability
  • WFA or WFR preferred


  • Care deeply for the development and well being of young people.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.


$3,360-3,840 based on experience and qualifications, plus room and board.

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