What do you look for in a new staff member?
We have very high standards for the staff we hire. Learn more about what we look for here.
Where do I apply?
What is a typical day at camp like for a counselor?
"This is Michael, a typical Menominee counselor. Let's see what his day is like: When Michael wakes up in the morning he is responsible for getting his cabin of 8 year old boys out of bed and into the mess hall for breakfast. However, today is Michael’s day to be “on-line”, so he has to serve the meal which requires waking up earlier to prepare. Michael made sure to discuss this with his co-counselor and let him know he’d be on his own with the kids that morning. After breakfast, Michael will go back to his cabin and help his kids do cabin cleanup. This is usually very easy since 8 year old boys are always so eager to sweep, mop and make their beds…
Michael then heads out to basketball as this is his area of expertise. He has 2 instructional periods this morning, juniors first then seniors, and must organize his staff to effectively lead two high-engery periods across a wide range of skill-sets. After lunch Michael usually has a rest period with his cabin, but this is his day of the week to catch up with the directors and go over how things are going in the cabin. This strategic meeting covers cabin issues, camper goals, co-counselor communication and ways Michael and the Directors can support each other.
The rest of the day Michael can coast along…he just needs to schedule his league games, help his campers write a fun song for our evening camp fire, make sure his campers takes showers, find time to do his weekly cabin write-up, get his kids to sleep, monitor the cabin compound after lights out and find time to get some rest so he can do it all again tomorrow…"
What positions do you have open?
We hire multiple atheltics coaches, activity specialists, arts and media staff, and support staff. We list all available positions above, at the end of the "Staff Expectations" section
Who works at Camp Menominee?
We have staff from all over the world that join our team every summer including teachers, coaches, instructors, mentors and leaders. Check out our 2018 group to see the type of people we hire.
Where do I sleep?
Most of our staff are both cabin counselors and activity intstructors. All cabin counselors will sleep in the cabiins where their campers and co-counselors sleep. We also have private and semi-private housing for support staff.
Important Employment and Training Dates
2018 Important Dates:
Monday June 4th: International Staff, Waterfront Staff and Climbing Wall Staff Arrive
Tuesday June 5th: Lifeguard Training
Friday/Saturday June 8/9: Climbing Wall certification/training.
June 9: Remaining staff arrive
June 10: Full Staff Orientation Begins
June 18: Campers Arrive
August 9: Last Day of Camp
August 10: Bus back to Chicago for staff.
Staff Food/Dietary Issues
While we cater to staff and campers with many different food allergies, it is important to understand that our menu is designed for the campers. We make sure to have healthy options at each meal, we serve vegetarian diets and have a salad bar at lunch and dinner.
How do I stay in touch with friends and family?
We are lucky to be in our spectatular North Woods setting, but it is relatively remote. We do not have daily wifi access for the staff, but we will work with you on the best (and cheapest!) way to get a data plan in the US while you are here. Staff will have plenty of time off, and can use that time to communicate with friends and family back home. While we are on duty, however, phone use is prohibited.
You are an all boys camp, do you hire women?
Yes. Camp Menominee is an equal opportunity employer. We have plenty of women on staff in various different roles around camp. Outside of cabin counselor roles we always look for qualified instructors, members of our media team and other areas around camp.
Am I eligible to work if I am an Non-US Citizen?
Yes. We work with various agencies to help international staff obtain Visa's to work in the US for the summer.