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.
When I was a child, I started going to Double H. I spent 9 years as a camper there. The freedom that I experienced, and the feeling of “fitting in” as a little boy with Spina Bifida was profound on me. When I was a camper at Double H, I looked up greatly to my counselors, and the positive impact that they had, not only on me, but everyone else there. It has inspired me to this day. Now, I volunteer with another organization with their camping program as the camp director, and I still look back to my counselors that I had when I was younger for inspiration on fun ways of interacting with my campers who have their own special circumstances.
Double H Ranch not only gave me the freedom as a little boy to be confident in myself, but it carries with me to this day in leading camping trips with youth who have disabilities. The spirit of camp is something I can never let go.