Counselors must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years old
  • have attended at least one year of college or gap year
  • have experience working with children, ideally in a camp setting
  • be able to provide instruction in one or more of these program areas:

wilderness tripping
English-style horseback riding

  • have certification in or the willingness to become certified in the following courses:*

Wilderness First Aid
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers
Lifeguard Training

* Treetops usually offers some of these courses before Camp begins for a nominal charge.


Throughout the summer, counselors will:

  • supervise a tent group of four campers
  • be responsible for the overall care and well-being of the campers in his/her tent group
  • offer an activity during the four daily activity periods
  • be involved in co-leading several wilderness hiking and boating trips off the camp property
  • at various times during the summer, have the following duties:

Early morning duty: wake up children and supervise morning wash-up (begin at 6:00 am)

Morning chores: supervise a morning chore at the barn, in the pasture or in the garden (begin at 7:00 am)

Tent clean-up: help children tidy their living quarters after breakfast

Rest hour: supervise rest hour to ensure all children are quietly reading, writing, or resting

Afternoon work jobs: help campers with work jobs — picking flowers for the table, feeding pigs, repairing a boat, cleaning the craft shop, etc (begin at 5:00 pm)

Evening activities: offer an evening activity and put children to bed (four nights a week)

Late night duty: supervise the tent line until midnight — remaining in camp throughout the night (three to four evenings during the summer)

Meals: act as table head during meals — supervising and serving a table of about five children


Apply to be a Treetops counselor by filling out our online application. For more information about our application, interview, and hiring process, please click here.