BEST SUMMER JOB YOU WILL EVER HAVE!
Westview on the James offers concrete learning opportunities, with unique leadership responsibilities, to all counselors. Westview provides staff with career building skills that they can take with them, even after the summer is over.
Summer Camp is a demanding and rewarding job. It requires stamina, enthusiasm, interpersonal skill, and patience. Staff members must take the responsibility of nurturing campers in a safe, interactive, and Christ-focused environment.
If you decide to apply, here is the job description for any and all Westview on the James employees:
The staff's number one priority needs to always be the campers in their care. Westview on the James & our camper parents expect our staff members to be positive role models for our campers and to act in a Christ-like manner in all situations.
These expectations, along with the need to provide a safe environment for our campers, is the basis for our banning non-prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana on site at Westview on the James.
We will not tolerate staff members who use and promote illicit drugs while under our employment, or any staff member on site in an inebriated state. We suggest that you carefully consider your commitment to these policies before applying to work with us this summer.
Summer Camp Counselor Positions for 2023
All staff will stay in hogans (cabins are called hogans at Westview) with campers of the same sex (unless you are an hourly employee). All staff will be provided housing and food for each week of the summer worked. Summer camp staff will receive a weekly salary.
Senior Counselors - Senior Counselors will have their own day group or high adventure each week. Day groups are made up of 7-11 year old campers, and Senior Counselors are expected to lead Zip n' Dip, archery, challenge course, bouldering, and GaGaball among other activities. High Adventures are made up of 12-14 year old campers, and Senior Counselors are expected to lead canoe, kayak, wilderness survival, and rock climbing among other activities. Senior Counselors travel with these campers throughout their activity schedules, and also work with specialists who lead water trampoline, Slip n' Dip, crafts, nature, and high ropes. (Senior Counselors are expected to work 7 weeks of the summer - must be 18 years old to apply)
Senior Counselor Application - click here!
Program Specialists - Program Specialists lead and instruct all 12-14 year old campers in high ropes. They will also lead rock climbing and mountain biking throughout the week for both 7-11 and 12-14 year old campers. Program Specialists are in charge of setting routes for the bouldering wall and ensuring that both the rock wall and bouldering wall equipment are safe for campers to use. Program Specialists also work with the rock climbing and mountain biking high adventures. (Program Specialists are expected to work 7 weeks of the summer - must be 18 years old to apply)
Program Specialists Application - click here!
Waterfront Specialists - Waterfront Specialists will lead all waterfront activities and lifeguard at both the pool and lake. Waterfront Specialists will lead water trampoline, Slip n' Dip, and canoeing for all campers, and ensure that all campers are wearing life jackets at the lake. Waterfront Specialists will lead swim check at the pool to ensure all campers are able to use the pool safely. (Waterfront Specialists are expected to work 7 weeks of the summer - must be 18 years old to apply)
Waterfront Specialist Application - click here!
Adventure Camp Counselors - Adventure Camp Counselors will lead all of our Adventure Camp Programs. (see here) They travel off-site and work with outside vendors to do activities like rafting on the river, ocean kayaking, and rock climbing. They will also lead Moon Shadows, which is all of the fun of resident camp, but at night. (MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD TO APPLY - Adventure Camp Counselors are expected to work 7 weeks of the summer)
Adventure Camp Counselor Application - click here!
Craft and Nature Specialist - These specialists will lead their respective program areas for all day groups and high adventures. These specialists are expected to plan sessions for all age groups that will get campers engaged with the activity. Specialists will work with Senior Counselors throughout the week of camp. (Crafts and Nature Specialists are expected to work 7 weeks of the summer - must be 18 years old to apply)
Craft Specialist Application - click here!
Nature Specialist Application - click here!
Senior Support Staff - Senior Support Staff are typically seniors in high school who have worked their way through the Junior Counselor program. Senior Support Staff are expected to help Senior Counselors and float throughout day groups and high adventures during the day. They may be expected to lead their own day group or high adventure in absence of a Senior Counselor. (Senior Support Staff are expected to work at least 4 weeks of the summer)
Senior Support Staff Application - click here!
2nd Year Junior Counselor - 2nd Year Junior Counselors are counselors who've already worked one summer as a Junior Counselor. They will assist Senior Counselors throughout the activity schedule of campers, and also help clean the dining hall and do some work projects to help make Westview the best camp possible! (2nd Year Junior Counselors are expected to work 3 weeks of the summer - Junior Counselor Application deadline is March 1st)
2nd Year Junior Counselor Application - click here!
Junior Counselor - Junior Counselors are high school students who are interested in finding out what it takes to be a counselor at Westview. They will stay in hogans and float throughout the day groups helping Senior Staff lead activities and ensuring campers have a great time at camp. They are also expected to clean the dining hall after each meal and help with work projects to make Westview the best camp possible! (MUST be 16 YEARS OLD TO APPLY - Junior Counselors are expected to work 2 weeks of the summer - this is a volunteer position - Junior Counselor Application deadline is March 1st)
Junior Counselor Application - click here!
Hourly Summer Camp Staff Positions
Our summer camp counselors have the opportunity to spend all day with the campers in their care and form awesome friendships. We understand that there are people who want to help support Westview's Mission, but can't commit to working entire days at Westview. New to Westview in 2023, we are offering several hourly positions to help contribute to the success of camp. If you would like to work hourly as a LifeGuard, Operation Specialist (cleaning + store + kitchen), or as a Program Specialist (Rock Wall/High Ropes/Mountain Biking), please fill out the
form below. Typical hours would be from 2:45 - 5:45 each day, with opportunities to work from 9:30 - 12:30 as needed.
Hourly Support Staff Application - click here!
Support Staff Westview positions!
Operations Specialists - Operations Specialists will assist in different areas of camp. Those areas include the camp store, the kitchen, and cleaning. If you are interested in joining Westview as an Operations Specialist, click here!
If you are interested in joining Westview as the Kitchen Manager, click here!
If you are interested in joining Westview as Kitchen Staff, click here!
If you are interested in joining Westview as Health Staff, click here!
If you are interested in joining Westview as a Maintenance Assistant, click here!
If you are interested in joining Westview as a Minister-in-Residence, click here!
If you are a former camp counselor at Westview, and interested in returning for as many weeks as you are available, but can't commit to a full summer, please fill out the form below. This will be a volunteer position dependent on the week of camp and Westview's need for extra counselors. If there is a need, it will be paid. All decisions for volunteering will be made at the discretion of the Program Manager. To apply, click here!