Why work at Camp Arcadia?
Camp Arcadia is not your average summer job. Looking for professional development, epic memories, and meaningful community while enjoying the gifts of the out of doors? Find this all here at Camp Arcadia!
As a member of the Camp Arcadia staff, you will have the opportunity to:
Actively enjoy the outdoors! Our camp has 367 wooded acres and a mile of shoreline along Pleasant Lake for all to experience
Make a big impact on the lives of girls ages 7-17
Teach life and specialty skills while creating the magic of summer camp
Develop your own skills and work experience through new and varied leadership experiences. Counselors leave Camp with improved communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills; these skills will stick with you no matter what profession you choose next
Make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!
I'm taking great graduate classes like individual counseling, group counseling, risk and resilience, and have an internship at a public charter school in the college placement office. There are so many skills I learned as a counselor at Arcadia that have helped me stay one step ahead in my graduate classes and in my professional life; I understand everything on a different level. -Mia Ritter
Make the world better and more beautiful because you have been in it.
1. To build confidence and skills so that girls will find their place in the world, contribute to the diverse communities to which they belong, and include others in their adventures.
2. To encourage healthy risk-taking through the exploration of new areas of learning and group living so girls will have the confidence to listen with compassion, take initiative with unselfishness, and face new challenges with strength.
3. To heighten their sensitivity to and awareness of the outdoors so girls will respect and care for living things, the environment, and one another.
4. To develop interpersonal skills, establish lasting friendships, and cultivate understanding and respect for others who may be different from them, including, but not limited to, individuals of varying abilities, cultures, genders, races, and faith traditions.
Staff at Camp Arcadia
Camp Arcadia staff come from all around the world and share one important thing in common: we all love championing children and helping them reach their full potential.
We are looking for staff who will:
Be a positive role model for our campers
Embrace camp life and culture with enthusiasm and curiosity
Engage energetically and authentically within our camp community
Make this summer the best ever, because they are a part of it!
Interested in applying for a position at Camp Arcadia? Here’s a sneak peek at the process:
Step 1: Complete an application via CampBrain
Step 2: Video interview with a staff member so that we can learn more about you and your experience
Step 3: Provide three references who can speak to who you are and your skills
Step 4: Successfully complete a background check
Living at Camp Arcadia
Camp Arcadia is a residential setting with rustic, yet comfortable cabins with views of Pleasant Lake. All cabins are technology-free. Some cabins have electricity and most have bathroom facilities, though the cabins closest to the lake share a common bathroom. There is a shower house that is centrally located to all the cabins.
In addition to free housing and meals, Camp Arcadia provides staff with:
A 10-day staff orientation that provides the tools and training needed for a successful summer working at camp
Reimbursement for travel costs, and active certifications that you bring to camp
Weekly laundry services (or you may choose to use onsite coin-operated machines)
Wi-Fi in a staff-only area located away from the cabins and campers
Individual lockers and locks to store personal/valuable items
Location and Weather
Camp Arcadia is in Otisfield, Maine on Pleasant Lake. The quaint town of Casco is about a mile away, equipped with a post office, convenience store, library, and local food shops. Additional grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping centers are just a short 20-30 minutes away from camp. The closest major city is Portland, which is about an hour away and is a dynamic, fun, and historical hub for shopping, dining, and culture on the coast of Maine.
Maine summer weather is known for its beautiful, clear, 70°F days (at Camp Arcadia we call days like these an RMD - A Real Maine Day!). Temperatures can range from mid 50°F to low 90°F, so you’ll want to bring both your bathing suit and your wool socks or sweater!
The food at Arcadia is great! We eat most meals family style, one meal served at each table, some days we have meals in the great out of doors. Counselors sit at tables with a mixed age grouping of campers. There is also a fruit, oatmeal and yogurt bar at breakfast and a salad bar at lunch and dinner. Camp Arcadia offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.
"You have a lot of fun, and at the end of the day, you see the faces of the girls and it's all worth it. You're also outside! Not inside an office... I really appreciate that."
- Beca Rodriguez, Head of Tennis
Staff Fun and Free Time
Our staff lounge provides space to relax with your team. The staff lounge has Wifi, a secure locker to charge your personal devices, and games and sports equipment to enjoy during free time. Whether it is our outings during Orientation, surprise staff snacks or swag, or our end-of-summer staff party, it’s important to us that our team have time to laugh and unwind in between supporting our campers.
Each week staff have one day off, and they love to take advantage of the beauty and wonder of Maine. Often, they hike in the white mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, take a trip to Portland or Freeport for sightseeing and shopping or enjoy a day at the beach. There are many lakes in the region for canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, and Hackers Hill (a destination only minutes away from camp) provides an exceptional 360-view of Maine.
We are Dedicated to Staff Development
Camp Arcadia values training and staff development for our people. All our staff will have access to invaluable skill-building, leadership training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your university major or current career path, we are confident that our camp experiences and provided training of both internal and external expertise will allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your skills this summer…and beyond!
Our Commitment to the Staff Experience
We want all of our staff to have a blast each summer developing themselves and our campers. We have developed a strong network of leaders and returning counselors to support our staff community. The Residential Life department provides ongoing problem-solving and guidance on camper topics, the Activity team will coach you through teaching and leading in your activity, and our Wellness Center team is available to provide additional personal support to staff as needed. Through weekly meetings and optional 1x1 check-ins, these teams, as well as our Camp Directors, are committed to providing the structure, sounding board, and resources you need to thrive this summer!