Working at Walden allows you to put the camp’s values of leadership, commitment and dedication into practice. Staff work to inspire and enrich the lives of young campers, while gaining valuable experience and lifelong friendships, all in an ideal natural setting. Make the most of your summer by joining our team!
When you work at Camp Walden you’re not just getting a great summer job, it’s an experience with benefits that last long past the season.
Every day at camp you’ll be demonstrating responsibility and initiative as you look after campers and inspire them to meet new challenges. There’s no better skill for predicting lifelong success than leadership, and at Walden you’ll get a chance to shine.
Everyone at Walden works together to make the best summer possible. Learning how to communicate and cooperate with people from all over the world develops the skills that will make you an important member of any team.
Many colleges and universities recognize the benefit of Camp Walden experience. Check with your school’s education and outdoor recreation departments to see if you can get partial credit for your time at camp.
The best part of Walden is the people. You’ll be spending the summer with a staff that shares your passion for the outdoors, education and adventure. The friendships made at Camp Walden last a lifetime.
Being at Walden isn’t just about what you can get, but what you can give. You’ll be there to guide campers through their first time away from home, helping them to find confidence and strength.
When you work at Walden you’re not just a part of the staff, but a part of the community. The summer camp experience you help create will become memories that children cherish their whole lives. Many campers are inspired to come back to work at Walden themselves, creating a legacy that lasts long after the summer is over.
Thinking of applying to work at Camp Walden for the summer? Here are a few things you might need to know while preparing your application. Camp Walden is committed to employment equity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. If you require an accommodation at any point during the hiring/employment process please let us know as we will work with you to meet your needs. All responses will be handled with strict confidence.
Summer camp sessions start in the last week in June and run until the third week of August. Staff spend about a week preparing before campers arrive, so your commitment would be for eight weeks.
Off-season work is available. Staff is required for camp rentals in May and June, and there may be short-term positions after the regular season finishes in August.
Staff get six days off in total during the seven weeks that camp is in session. Your days off are considered a full twenty-four hours in length.
Camp Walden offers excellent salaries that match or better those offered at other summer camps. Room and board is included. Pay ranges are determined by the job position and the experience you bring to the team.
If you asked our staff they would say “most days are totally amazing, exhausting and full of fun. You do get the odd day that will challenge you, but the pay off is worth it.” We encourage all our inquiring staff to take a moment to watch a short video about being a staff member at Walden. After watching the video take a moment to decide if Walden is the place where you see yourself being successful and giving back to an amazing community.
“Working at camp is the most real job I’ve ever had. It taught me patience, compassion, teamwork and commitment.”
— Mira Zunder, Zodiac Unit Head
“There is so much mutual respect between the leadership team and the staff, which makes camp so much more enjoyable. I always feel respected, appreciated and therefore I am encouraged to work harder and do my best.”
— Jenn Cooper
“Camp taught me how to communicate with others, build meaningful relationships and give and receive feedback. I’ve been able to use these skills consistently [as an occupational therapist].”
— Madeline Cherney, Co-Head of Swim
“This past summer at Walden has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Working as a staff member completely changed my view on just how much preparation and behind-the-scenes work is really done!”
— Serena Kobayashi-LeBel, Head of Theatre
“I can truly say that one of Walden’s best attributes is its good people; plain and simple.”
— Zach Pearlstein, Head of Sports
“Walden has taught me what it means to be humble, take responsibility, learn from your mistakes, and make positive differences in the lives of those who surround you.”
— Hannah Pearlman, Seeker Finder Staff
“I will always be proud to call Walden my home and will cherish the memories, the friends, and the learning experiences that have come from every summer spent at camp.”
— Erin Alexander, Seeker Finder Staff
“The memories I made and lessons I learned from camp will be with me forever and have helped shape who I am today. Camp taught me the value of family, friendship and community.”
— Billie Zidel, Swim Staff
“Camp has given me so much, friends that have turned into family and a place that’s turned into my home…I will never forget the lessons [Walden] has taught me throughout my camper and staff experiences.”
— Nicole Richie
“During my recent school interviews, I drew on my experiences at Walden quite a bit. I’m proud to have been part of such a wonderful community and am so fortunate to have had that experience. It’s a credit to the leadership team, and the rest of your staff that several years out from my last visit to camp, I still consider it a defining period in my life.”
— Zack Singer
Head staff arrive
New Camp Canada staff start date
All other staff arrive
End of July session
End of Walden
Looking for passionate and committed individuals to join our team. Experience working with children is a plus, as are skills in areas like outdoor sports, arts & crafts, and food prep. Returning staff and counsellors-in-training are given preference for open positions, but there’s always room for more at Walden. Get your application in early for next summer!