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The Best Summer Job for College Students Is Working As a Summer Camp Counselor

Why Work At Circle F Dude Ranch?

Working at Circle F Dude Ranch Camp’s Summer Camp is a unique opportunity to share your talents and passions with young people as you meet extraordinary people from across the country and world.

Get outdoors & have an adventure!

You could spend your summer inside a windowless downtown office, campus job, or waiting tables… but a summer camp counselor job at Circle F Dude Ranch Camp is an outdoor adventure in beautiful central Florida!

Come to Florida and Build Your Skills

You’ll spend time with professionals in the fields of child development, group dynamics, and wilderness medicine. You’ll learn about leadership and team building, and how to positively impact the lives of others — great skills in any work situation.

Want a Job After College? Circle F Prepares You.

The training you will receive is applicable to most any career you choose to pursue. A successful camp experience helps you develop flexibility, integrity, and leadership skills. You’ll gain experience in exercising judgment in many different situations, taking initiative, communicating effectively and maintaining a high level of energy.

You can even earn college credit for an internship!


Different roles at camp require certifications. If we need you to have a particular course, we’ll coordinate with you to get it or provide that training free of charge on site. These certifications may include CPR, lifeguarding, belay certification, Certified Horsemanship TrailGuide, USA Archery instructor, and other key certificates.

Room and Board for the Summer

If you’re looking for a summer job for college students with housing, you’ll be glad to know room and board are part of every camp counselor’s summer contract. Staff also receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner with their campers. Other job perks are weekly laundry service or your choice to use our laundry to do your laundry on off time, a dedicated counselor “Staff House” with wireless internet access, pool, snacks, and other treats throughout the summer.

Time Off & Down Time

Each week you’ll receive a scheduled time-off period of 23 hours at once. This time-off period will begin after all camp gatherings at approximately 7:45 PM on the first day and require you to return at 7:30 PM the following day. Staff additionally receive rotating siesta off’s, off-duty time each night after 10:00 PM, and 50/50 Adventures. As the summer progresses, activity periods off are often provided based on a schedule.

50/50 Adventures

Time together as a staff away from camp is essential to Circle F Dude Ranch. This is why the Ranch arranges for all-inclusive staff adventures four times a summer. In the past, these have included trips to see the BlueMan Group, Disney Springs, Dave & Busters, Baseball Games, Theater Shows, Bowling, Escape Rooms, and other fun events. The best part is that these adventures are entirely paid for by camp, so there is no cost to camp counselors and staff in appreciation for all the hard work.

Professional Development

Before you arrive at camp, we will enroll you in Expert Online Training. You will receive training from industry leaders in youth development and behavioral management in easy to watch online sessions in your own time. During Pre-Camp and Staff Development, we teach you everything you need to know in workshops that cover a whole range of topics relevant to your summer camp jobs.

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Highest Paying Summer Camp Counselor Jobs

We offer a competitive and progressive pay schedule based on your experience, age, education, certifications, and other factors.

Lifelong Friendships

The biggest and best benefit of working at summer camp are the friends and connections you make while you’re here. You will meet college students and young professionals from the U.S. and world. Start building your professional network at camp.

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