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Work with 9th graders in the outdoors, on trips, and in Camp

Bear Leader

Campers posing together at the top of a mountain

Bear Leaders work with 9th grade campers in the outdoors!

Program Overview:

The oldest camper group still at Main Camp, the Bears maintain some of the all-camp rhythms but take on greater levels of independence, skill-building, and responsibility. They are mentors to the younger campers, and help to plan and run many special events for the rest of the campers.  Bears take on several adventures throughout camp: a backpacking trip, our high ropes course, and day-trip outings.

The Bears live in rustic dwellings, learning to cook over an open fire or camp stove.  Building bushcraft skills, they learn to be at home in the Glen Brook forests.  The Bears take on service leadership roles at camp, working on projects from trail maintenance to planning and leading all-camp festivities.

The Bears take on larger creative projects that give back to the camp community, such as building projects.  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.


$2,800-$3,200 based on experience and qualifications, plus room and board

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and supervise, alongside your co-leader, a group of 8-16 teenagers throughout the two 3-week programs
  • 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 several day outings
  • Drive a 14-passenger bus
  • 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

Salary: $2,800 – $3,500 based on experience.

Summer staff get daily time off as well as one full 24-hour period off per week.



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