About Camp Sealth
Camp Sealth is one of the oldest and most successful summer camps on the West Coast. In the summer, about 2,300 youth ages 4 to 17 participate in day and overnight camp, and in the spring and fall, Camp Sealth provides outdoor education and retreat space for local schools and non-profit groups. We’re accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting hundreds of standards for program quality, health, safety, facilities, and administration.
Camp Sealth is located on Vashon Island, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The 400 acre property includes over a mile of saltwater beach on Puget Sound, plus evergreen forests, wetlands, and wildlife. It’s also conveniently located about an hour away from both Seattle and Tacoma.
What Makes Us Unique
We’re proud to be part of Camp Fire, a national youth agency with a strong focus on inclusion, leadership, and valuing youth’s voices. Camp Sealth selects summer staff who share the same values and who have a genuine desire to make a positive impact on kids.
- Inclusive: Camp Sealth welcomes campers and staff from all of backgrounds and abilities, and values the uniqueness of each individual.
- Leadership: We encourage all youth to be leaders, giving every camper the chance to become more confident and independent among their peers.
- Camper Choice: Kids have a voice and get to make decisions for themselves at camp; they help plan the schedule and make decisions with their group.
- Outdoors: We encourage kids to explore and learn about the outdoors, to gain outdoor skills and to value the natural world.
- Professionalism & Communication: Camp Sealth holds its staff to a high standard, and part of that means agreeing to maintain an environment free from gossip, drama, and negative talk. Staff are trained to use techniques for clean communication and are strongly encouraged to seek out positive and constructive solutions to resolve conflict.
All staff must be at least 18 years old, except for Kitchen Assistant/Rovers. Staff must be currently certified in First Aid and CPR and pass a criminal background check. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must have a visa or permit to work in the United States. In addition, all staff must believe in the values of Camp Fire and willing to uphold Camp Sealth’s policies and standards.
Some positions require staff to have specific certifications; you may apply for a position even if you have not yet completed the required certification, as long as you do so before your employment begins. In most cases, the cost of certification is entirely your own.
Salaries & Bonuses
Camp Sealth staff are paid a weekly rate for camper sessions (June 29 to August 26); rates vary by position and are listed on the website. The weekly rate for all staff during the training weeks is $100 per week. Returning staff receive an additional bonus of $5 per week for each full season previously worked (max. $25 per week).
Food and lodging is provided for all positions, in addition to workers’ compensation insurance, time off between sessions, and at least two hours off each full day of camp. Other perks include free laundry, a staff lounge with wi-fi and Netflix, free coffee/cocoa bar and a beautiful setting.
Dates of Employment
Most positions start on June 13 and end August 26. All staff are expected to work the full season, including the training weeks. Time off (up to one week) must be requested prior to hire. If you need more than one week off, it is likely that we will not be able to hire you. Exceptions may be made for returning staff, who can apply for half-summer positions (minimum four weeks).
The cost of transportation to Camp Sealth is entirely your own responsibility. We can provide a pick-up at the airport, bus, train, or ferry terminals at the beginning and end of your employment. Camp Sealth will also provide transportation for occasional staff recreational activities on break days, but all other transportation to/from camp is your own responsibility.
Spring & Fall Positions
There may be opportunities to start early in the spring, or work later in the fall, working with school and retreat groups to earn extra money. Let us know on your application if you’re available to start earlier than June 13 or stay later than August 26.
Talk to your college advisor about whether the position(s) for which you are applying will qualify. We will be glad to provide any information, reports, or evaluations required for you to obtain college credit.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Camp Fire is an equal opportunity employer. In its programs and in employment, Camp Fire is available to all people without regard to race, gender identity, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, economic status, or mental or physical disabilities. Camp Fire is committed to diversity.