Who We Look For

Camp Rising Sun counselors are passionate, caring, and skilled individuals with a strong commitment to our goals and mission. Counselors model positive behavior and mentor campers as they step outside their comfort zones and take on new roles. Our counselors are highly attentive to the needs of the community and take time to give and receive feedback. Staff members at Camp Rising Sun are chosen for many of the same reasons that the campers are. They embody the intellect, character, evidence of leadership, and individuality that will contribute in positive ways to the community created over the summer. It is the staff member’s role to guide the campers through thoughtful questioning, to push the campers to their best thinking and decision making as campers take on leadership responsibilities that will affect themselves and their community, and to give feedback for growth after an experience.

Staff Responsibilities

While staff members each specialize in a program area, all counselors are first and foremost general counselors.  Primary responsibilities, regardless of position, include:

  • Participate in all scheduled activities.
  • Supervise campers overnight (this may include sleeping outdoors).
  • Assist in large-scale projects, productions, or activities.
  • Act as Counselor of the Day on a rotating basis; manage the staff team and work directly with one or two campers to run program.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Camp Director and staff team.
  • Participate in Program evaluation and self-evaluation.
  • Give instructions (90 minute workshops) on personal or program area expertise.
  • Maintain a substance-free campus.

Working at Camp Rising Sun for a summer includes full room and board. Staff are given one day off per week and two hours off per day.


Candidates should be highly skilled and proficient within the program areas for which they are applying, and have special training, education or experience in these areas. Again, all staff members (with the exception of administrative, medical, and kitchen staff) are first and foremost general counselors, and their program area duties do not excuse them from participating in all other aspects of the daily program.

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions. If you are interested in a position that is not listed below, please consider applying as a volunteer counselor or visiting camp to give an instruction over the summer. 

Medical Director / Assistant Medical Director


  • Must be licensed emergency medical technician, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse licensed to operate in the state of New York.
  • Must possess current certificate in a first aid training program.
  • Must possess current certificate in a CPR training program.
  • Should have prior experience working with youth. Patience, a calm demeanor, and excellent organizational skills are required.


  • Treat all illnesses and injuries on site and provide consultation to staff handling illnesses and injuries off-site.
  • Supervise and schedule medical staff (3-4 team members). 
  • Communicate with health care providers to make appointments, arrange for hospitalization, and set up follow-up care.
  • Communicate any reportable illnesses or injuries to the local Health Department.
  • Maintain camper and staff health records, including incident reports, in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Maintain and dispense prescription and over-the-counter medications in a safe manner.
  • Communicate with parents about campers’ medical conditions, as needed.
  • Maintain adequate supplies in the Health Office and at other locations, such as the pool, the vans, and the hiking trip first aid kits.
  • Purchase and organize supplies within a budget; Track all spending.
  • The Assistant Medical Director assists in all of the above, as well as serving as Medical Director when they are off-site.

Kitchen Director / Chef


  • Educated and/or experienced in running a large-scale kitchen and in planning large-scale meals.
  • Experience maintaining a predetermined budget.
  • Experience working with youth preferred.


  • Plan and prepare meals for approximately 80 people each, from diverse, international backgrounds, including accommodation for special dietary restrictions, and allergies.
  • Organize and supervise kitchen staff (1-2 cooks) and campers working in the kitchen.
  • Uphold NY state health code and pass health inspections, providing kitchen safety orientations to campers and staff.
  • Work closely with Camp Director and Business Manager on kitchen budgeting and expenditures.
  • Help plan and prepare meals for special events of up to 200 people.
  • Coordinate with Kitchen Counselor for camper-led meals.
  • Open kitchen during staff training, while simultaneously prepare meals for 25 staff, while taking part in staff training.
  • Attend staff meetings, including facilitating kitchen staff meetings, and 1 on 1s with kitchen team.

Assistant Chef

  • Prepare food for meals.
  • Enforce safety and sanitation standards in the kitchen.
  • Perform Head Chef duties when Head Chef is not present.
  • Should have experience or openness to working with youth.

Leadership Education Coordinator

  • Work with a group of sachems (camper leaders) to plan each week.
  • Help campers understand their roles and responsibilities as sachems of the day and of the week. 
  • Work with the staff to choose sachem roles for the upcoming week and manage logistics (lists) related to sachem roles.
  • Set up a structure for collaboration and facilitate resolution when conflicts arise.
  • Work with the second year campers to establish their roles.
  • Previous experience in leadership and/or collaboration training, group facilitation, or community building preferred. Prior experience with Camp Rising Sun is strongly preferred.

Instructions Coordinator

  • Work with campers to solicit, organize, and schedule Instructions (90-minute workshops) daily.
  • Schedule Instructions that are diverse in topic, form, and deliverer (e.g., staff and first-year campers).
  • Assist campers, fellow staff members, and visitors to develop intellectually rigorous and methodologically appealing Instructions.
  • Supervise 2-3 counselors
  • Prior experience with Camp Rising Sun is strongly preferred.

Evening Programs Coordinator

  • Coordinate a diverse selection of daily Evening Programs.
  • Assist campers, fellow staff members and visitors to develop intellectually rigorous and methodologically appealing Evening Programs.
  • Meet with camper leadership teams to plan Evening Programs in advance.
  • Supervise 2-3 counselors
  • Prior experience with Camp Rising Sun is strongly preferred.

Projects Coordinator

  • Work with campers to coordinate daily construction projects in close partnership with the Facilities Manager.
  • Expose all campers to hands-on construction/building, project planning and management skills.
  • Provide a space in which campers feel comfortable initiating and working on large and small-scale projects to improve Camp.
  • Organize and support staff and campers involved in construction projects.
  • Manage safety plan and teach safety in all aspects of project planning and execution.
  • Purchase and manage equipment and supplies within the budget.
  • Supervise 2-3 counselors.
  • Must be familiar with proper power tool use, construction methods, and safety protocols. Prior experience with Camp Rising Sun is preferred.

Journalism Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions (average of 90 minutes each) covering various subjects such as creative writing, essay writing, journalistic ethics, media consumption, critical media study, etc.
  • With co-counselor, assist and mentor campers in the publication of journalism projects (newspapers, magazines, etc), as well as a Camp yearbook at the end of the season.
  • Manage journalism office, equipment and supplies within the budget.

Art Counselor

  • Coordinate arts Instructions/workshops on various art forms, techniques, history, theory, etc.
  • Along with a weekly camper Art Curator, manage all art-related activities at Camp
  • Maintain art budget, workspace, and inventory. This includes purchasing supplies.

Drama Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions/Evening Programs covering topics such as composition, drama exercises, and classical and modern musical and dramatic theatre.
  • Assist and encourage campers to perform scenes and other theatrical works at weekly talent shows and special events.
  • Purchase supplies and manage the approved budget for drama activities.

Music Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions on music theory, appreciation, composition and performance of a wide range of musical genres, with an emphasis on World Music.
  • Encourage and lead the singing of Camp songs after meals as an important community-building exercise. Must know or be willing to learn CRS songs.
  • Organize and manage rehearsal areas, equipment and supplies within the budget.
  • Encourage campers to engage with music across a wide range of abilities and experience.

Athletics Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions on sports, fitness, and healthy living.
  • With campers, organize athletic activities where all campers feel included and encouraged to participate.
  • Encourage campers to share sports and games from their home countries.

Kitchen Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions on food, cooking, and nutrition with a special emphasis on food from different regions of the world.
  • Coordinate with campers and kitchen staff to plan cultural meals and weekly camper-planned dinners.
  • Assist Kitchen Director and cook with creating food orders.
  • Supervise campers in the kitchen during meal prep and clean-up, with special regard for safety and hygiene.

World Affairs and Politics Counselor

  • Coordinate Instructions and Evening Programs on world affairs, politics, ethical dilemmas and other current events.
  • Work with campers to help them express their perspectives in debates, on panels, or in informal conversations.

Hiking and camping counselor

  • Coordinate and lead overnight hiking trips to develop leadership, teamwork skills, and group dynamics.
  • Coordinate Instructions  to prepare campers for hikes.  Topics include how to effectively select equipment, pack for trips, set up and manage a campsite, start a fire, administer first aid, handle emergency situations, practice leave no trace principles, and implement safety procedures.
  • Help organize logistics of camping trips, such as applying for permits or packing rations.
  • Purchase and manage equipment and supplies within the budget.
  • Manage other supporting staff while on trips.
  • Hiking and camping experience is necessary for this position.

Environmental Education Counselor

  • Coordinate instructions on topics related to nature, gardening, environmentalism, and sustainability.
  • Guide exploration of the camp grounds and encourage learning through the camp’s environment.
  • Organize individual campsites where each camper spends a night alone in reflection (vigils) by coordinating (with campers) wood chopping, site clearing, and other preparations.

STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics) Counselor / IT Director

  • Coordinate Instructions, Projects, and Evening Programs on topics related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Provide basic IT support for campers and staff.
  • Coordinate the use of Camp technology.


If you are interested in working at CRS this summer, please fill out a staff application.

If you would like to provide a reference, please fill out the reference form. 

If you would like to volunteer at Camp this summer, please fill out the volunteer staff application.