Spend your summer bringing joy and fun back into the lives of children living with a serious illness. Many alumni counselors describe their camp experience as life-changing. You will work in a community that believes in teamwork, make long-lasting friendships, and discover new talents. You’ll discover how much more you are capable of than you’ve ever dreamed.
The Double H Ranch hires approximately 90 people to fill our paid summer staff positions. As a summer staff member, you’ll not only make a measurable impact on the lives of children living with a serious illness, but you’ll grow as an individual, too. During your time at camp, you will gain valuable skills in working with children and your peers. You will gain professional development that you can take with you to a career in any field. Learn more about our available opportunities below!
Prior camp experience needed. The Leadership Coordinator supervises the CIT Program and provides counselor support. This position is part of the leadership team and work alongside the the Camp Director.
We hire 80-85 counselors each summer. Counselors are responsible for day-to-day care of campers, providing a safe environment for themselves and our campers, motivating campers to participate in camp activities and providing a fun camp experience. Counselors must be 19 years of age or 18 with one year of college completed.
The Counselor-in-Training program is 5 weeks in length and is residential. CIT’s must be 17 years of age.
Are Summer Staff and CIT’s paid? Yes! There are various pay rates based on position and experience.
Start Dates Seasonal Leadership: May 27 Unit Leader & Program Area Staff: June 4 All Staff: June 15
At Home at Camp Double H Ranch is in the Adirondack Park in Lake Luzerne, NY. All positions are required to live on camp. Camp consists of dormitory style cabins where 1-3 counselors will share a room. All cabins are equipped with bathroom facilities and you will have access to laundry rooms. Double H Ranch is in a beautiful location that provides many opportunities for hiking, camping, and many other adventures during time off.
A Day at Camp Working at camp is tremendously rewarding, but also very challenging. Camp days are long – remember how much you wanted to stretch out each summer day as a kid?
Camp never stops, so your time off is limited. What is in no short supply are experiences that will strengthen your communication and creative thinking skills. Your heart and your resume will grow several sizes, as will the network of people you’ll have through camp.
When you join the Double H Ranch team, you become a part of a magic making organization with a mission of serving children with serious medical conditions.
Time Off After each six-day session, all of our staff get two and a half days off. Staff can leave site if they wish, but the campus is open and staff are able to stay on-site during their time off.
Can my experiences fulfill internship requirements?
We are happy to work with you and your university to meet internship guidelines. It is not uncommon that a summer staff member completes an internship in addition to their camp responsibilities here at Double H Ranch. We have previously had student completing internships in fields such as (but not limited to) Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreation Management and Leisure Studies. Please note, we do not have a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) nor a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) available to oversee an internship.
Additional Questions or More Information If you have additional questions about the application process or summer staff positions, please contact Kate Walsh, Camp Director, at email@example.com or 518-696.5676.
I lost my mother to AIDS when I was just 7 years old. I was confused and a lost child, trying to understand and find answers. “Why her? Why me? What is “AIDS”? What is “HIV”? How can it be cured?”. I started camp shortly after and eventually received the best answers I could of got. I spend the rest of my childhood, growing into who I am today, at this wonderful place. When I was away from camp, I didn’t feel like I “fit in” anywhere else, but the moment those bus doors opened and we were greeted by our counselors, it felt like home. It felt right. The next decade I spent 1 week of my summer here, and always begged for more time. The boat ceremony was always the hardest. So many tears were shed that night, but we all were hopeful. Hopeful we all were able to make it back the following year. Some didn’t, but most did. I haven’t been back to camp in a decade now. I miss it so much. There is plenty of times when I just sit and think about it, and dreamed of coming back one day as a counselor, or just a visit. I now have my own 7 year old beautiful healthy little girl that calls me mommy. I take what I learned at camp with me through every day parenting. Never to judge others, always be kind, have courage in everything you do, and to never give up. Double H Ranch is my home away from home, and I cherish it so deeply. I even have it tattooed on me! If anyone is looking into bringing your child here, do it. You wont regret it, and they won’t ever stop sharing the memories with you that they had there. I’m turning 28 years old this year, and I feel amazing. Beating odds is an amazing feeling, but not thinking about turning 30 soon is!! Haha! I want to say a huge thank you to all of the counselors because without all of your encouragement and love, we may not of pushed ourselves to try harder. So thank you all!!