Positions

Counselor

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If you’re great with kids, have a lot of energy, love to sleep in a cabin, tent, and spend an occasional night in a tree house or on a soccer field, then you may have a future as a counselor at Four Winds Westward Ho!

As a counselor, you'll be living with and caring for a group of 4-6 campers in a cabin (girls) or tent (boys). You'll be with your kids in the evening and through the night, and you'll also share your mealtime, rest hour, and special activities with them. During the daytime activities, you'll go your separate ways while you teach in your activity area and the campers go to their scheduled activities. You'll have a great opportunity to get to know each of your campers, and serve as a mentor, coach, and role model during their time at camp.

Being a camp counselor is an incredible way to spend your summer! You’ll make friends you’ll remember for a lifetime, learn songs you’ll be singing all year, and have an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll also participate in a comprehensive staff-training program that will teach skills you can use at camp and in the future, and be rewarded with the appreciation and respect of campers who sincerely enjoy spending time with you. Our pay is competitive with other similar camps, and our beautiful location will be an experience in itself. Most counselors either return or recommend others to our program.

In addition to being a live-in counselor, you’ll also be teaching in an activity area at camp, such as sailing, land sports, barn, or arts and crafts. See the Activities section for more details. You will be responsible for lesson planning, attending weekly meetings, delivering a creative and purposeful curriculum, and the safety of your campers at all times.

If you’re ready to apply for a position as a camp counselor, fill out a counseling application. We’ll be in touch to find out more about you and contact you for a personal interview.

To be a counselor, you need to have some experience teaching and caring for kids, be 18 or older, have completed your first year of college (or equivalent), and be ready to assume a challenging, yet rewarding position. You must also hold current CPR and First Aid certifications from an approved institution. Additionally, if you are hired to work on the waterfront, you must also hold a valid lifeguard certificate. Contact us for a list of approved courses.

Assistant Counselor

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Assistant Counselors are members of our Leadership Training Program. As an Assistant Counselor (AC), you will be assigned to live with a cabin group, and counselor, for each of the main summer sessions. One of your primary duties as an AC is to cover, or substitute, for neighboring counselors on their days off. You will become familiar with your assigned age group, and will have many opportunities to learn from, teach alongside, and provide support for, our fabulous counseling staff. ACs are also active instructors in an activity area, and may be responsible for planning and carrying out a series of creative and purposeful lessons. Assistant Counselors are employed at camp for both sessions and participate fully in our 10-day staff training before the campers arrive.

You must be 18 years old, and be graduating from high school this year, to apply for a position as an Assistant Counselor.

Heads

Head of Boys Camp:

As the Head of Boy's camp, you'll coordinate the activities of 16 male counselors, up to 6 assistant counselors, 80 male campers and their living quarters. You'll be training and mentoring the male counseling staff, managing the daily affairs of boys’ side of camp, conducting counselor evaluations, and work closely with assistant director and camp director. You should be a positive role model for both campers and staff, and be familiar with Four Winds practices and traditions. Experience with kids of different ages and supervisory experience is a must.

To be our Head of Boy's Camp, you must be 21 years old, and CPR & First Aid certifications are required.

Head of Girls Camp:

90 girls ages 9-16. 17 counselors. All wearing Bloomers.

As the Head of Girl's camp, you'll coordinate the activities of 17 female counselors, up to 6 assistant counselors, 90 female campers and their living quarters. You'll be training and mentoring the female counseling staff, managing the daily affairs of girls’ side of camp, conducting counselor evaluations, and work closely with assistant director and camp director. You should be a positive role model for both campers and staff, and be familiar with Four Winds practices and traditions. Experience with kids of different ages and supervisory experience is a must. To be the Head of Girl's Camp, you must be 21 years old, and CPR & First Aid certifications are required. Bloomers will be provided.

Head of Counselor Trainees

As our CT Leader, you'll direct the training program of 12 high school juniors and seniors for two 1-month sessions. You'll plan daily training and supervise their performance, and coordinate out of camp trips. You'll also supervise the CT’s in the planning of several all-camp activities, coordinate 'shadowing' or mentor relationships between CT and Counseling staff, counselor meal coverages, and one overnight coverage for each CT when applicable. As the leader, you'll provide verbal and written evaluations. To be chosen for this important position, you must be at least 21 years old, and CPR & First Aid certification is required.

One female and one male leader are hired each summer.

Head of Helping Hands

As our Helping Hands Leader, you'll direct the service learning program of 12 high school juniors and seniors for two 1-month sessions. The Helping Hands hold jobs like Dishwashers, Activity Area Hands, and Office Assistants. You'll live with them and help them as they make their transition from camper to staff. As the leader, you'll provide verbal and written evaluations. In addition to your duties as the Helping Hands Leader, you'll also hold a service position in camp such as Driver, Office Assistant, or Lodgekeeper - you'll be working alongside your Helping Hands! To be chosen for this important position, you must be at least 21 years old, and CPR & First Aid certification is required.

One female and one male leader are hired each summer.

Head of Dock

Our waterfront program at camp is very popular, and with so many activities offered to campers, it takes a special person who can coordinate and supervise it all. We're looking for that special someone to manage this program this summer!

As the Waterfront Director, you'll supervise staff of 12 sailing, rowing, canoeing and general dock instructors during 4 class periods each day, and coordinate with the Head of Trips to manage our water-based trips program. Mentor and help train other staff in instruction and safety procedures, and coordinate all dock activities. Safety is critical on the waterfront. The ability to work calmly under pressure and enjoy working with kids of all ages is also very important. To apply for this position, you must be at least 21 years old, hold current Lifeguard Certification and have experience supervising a waterfront program. First Aid and CPR certifications are also required.

Head of Garden

Our Garden is a favorite place for many campers in camp! And for good reason... Blackberry milkshakes. Herbal tea. Fruit pies. (Just to name a few!)

As the head of the Garden Program, you'll teach gardening skills, garden crafts projects and cooking. You'll assist our camp gardener in garden maintenance, watering, weeding, planting, etc., and supervise and schedule garden instructors and counselors. To be the Head of our Garden Program, you must be at least 21 years old, have current CPR & First Aid certification, and have good organizational skills.

Head of Barn

Are you great working with both kids and animals? Can you organize, supervise and support a staff of 9, and care for a wide variety of animals? Do you not mind if people call you "Barnhead"? If so, you may be the person to head our Barn program this summer!

As the Barn Head, you'll plan and execute our riding program, and supervise a staff of 9 who will teach riding (English and Western), cart driving, horse and stable care and trail riding. You'll be responsible for health and safety of both campers and horses, and making sure safety is a priority in all programs.

To be the Head of the Barn, you must be at least 21 years old, have skills and experience in activities to be taught, and have supervisory experience and CPR & First Aid certification.

Head of Arts and Crafts

Camp Four Winds Westward Ho has an incredible Arts & Crafts program, and what makes it so incredible are the people who run it! We're looking for the right person to help lead this program this summer.

As the Arts & Crafts Program Head, you'll plan and execute crafts programs to include pottery, fiber arts, drama, photography, weaving, drawing and painting, woodcarving, music, poetry, and bookbinding. You'll supervise a diverse staff, and make sure we have enough activities and supplies on the shelves to keep our campers busy. As an activity head, you'll also get to aid in all-camp program planning. To be the Arts & Crafts Head, you must be at least 21 years old, have current CPR & First Aid certification, and have excellent organizational skills.

Head of Land Sports

Soccer. Archery. Lacrosse. Ultimate. More.

As our Head of Landsports, you'll plan and execute programs in tennis, archery, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, LaCrosse, pickleball, kickball, and new games. You will manage a staff of instructors, and also be responsible for scheduling all-camp sports activities and staff schedules. When you're not throwing a frisbee or shooting an arrow, you'll aid in all-camp program planning with our camp director, assistant director and other camp Heads. To be our Head of Landsports, you must be at least 21 years old, have CPR & First Aid certification, and be comfortable with a non-competitive philosophy. Naturally, you're great with kids, too!

Head of Trips

The Trip Coordinator, also known as the Head of Trips, supports the camp program by planning, supervising, executing, and evaluating a safe, challenging, and fun out-of-camp trip program. The Trip Coordinator helps to coordinate and carry out trip staff training; supports, manages, and evaluates the performance of a staff of 5-6 trip leaders; ensures that gear, food, and overall scheduling of trips are in order; reports directly to Camp Executive Director. They participate in a 15-day staff training session prior to camp, and would be part of the core summer leadership team. The Trip Coordinator may or may not lead trips themselves.

At least 21 years old; current CPR, Lifeguarding, Wilderness First Aid (WFA, WFR, or WEMT); experience leading trips in the outdoors; significant experience managing peers and groups; experience coordinating multi-day trip logistics; ability to safely handle and maneuver canoes and/or kayaks (sailing a plus).

Trip Staff and Carlyn Crew

Trip Leader

We're proud of the overnight trips we take, and during the summer months, taking a trip our of camp is one of the highlights for our campers. We're looking for trip leaders to help make this program a success.

As a trip leader, you’ll plan and lead 1- to 6-day trips to various destinations throughout the beautiful San Juan Islands. While on land, you'll teach outdoor skills and environmental care and encourage campers to develop self-sufficiency. Safety is a top priority.

You will lead trips in at least two of the following modes of transportation: kayak, canoe, hiking, and sailing. CPR, Lifeguard training, Wilderness First Aid (such as WFA, WFR, or WEMT - we can help get you certified!), documented skill and experience leading similar trips are all required.

Our Trip Leaders must be at least 21 years old. We hire 6 Trip Leaders each summer.

Carlyn Mate

Four Winds Westward Ho owns at 62' yawl called Carlyn, which regularly takes kids on day and overnight trips throughout the San Juan Islands (and beyond). The centerpiece of the Carlyn Program is a 20 day trip with 14-16 year old campers to Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia. Critical to the success of our programs aboard Carlyn is our First Mate.

As the First Mate, you'll assist in planning our program, maintaining the boat, and counseling youngsters while on the water. You'll work with a USCG licensed skipper and deck hand on multi-day trips with 12 young sailors, ages 9-16. Naturally, you're great with kids!

You must have documented big boat experience, and must be 18 years of age, have CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding certifications. A USCG 50 ton license and auxiliary sail endorsement are highly preferred.

To apply for this position, you must also have completed at least one year of college (or the equivalent).

Deckhand

Four Winds Westward Ho owns at 62' yawl called Carlyn, which regularly takes kids on day and overnight trips throughout the San Juan Islands (and beyond). The centerpiece of the Carlyn Program is a 20 day trip with 14-16 year old campers to Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia. Critical to the success of our programs aboard Carlyn is our Deck Hand.

As the Deck Hand, you'll assist with all aspects of our program aboard Carlyn. You'll assist with sailing, counselling campers, and preparing meals. You'll work with a USCG licensed skipper and deck hand on multi-day trips with 12 young sailors, ages 9-16. Naturally, you're great with kids!

You must have be at least 18 years of age, and have CPR and First Aid certications.

To apply for this position, you must also have completed at least one year of college (or the equivalent).

Galley Coordinator

Four Winds Westward Ho owns at 62' yawl called Carlyn, which regularly takes kids on day and overnight trips throughout the San Juan Islands (and beyond). The centerpiece of the Carlyn Program is a 20 day trip with 14-16 year old campers to Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia. Critical to the success of our programs aboard the Carlyn is our Galley Coordinator.

As the Galley Coordinator, you'll work with crew and campers to plan and prepare meals on multi-day trips throughout Northwest waters. CPR and First Aid certifications are required. Big Boat sailing and cooking experience is highly preferred, as well as experience working with young people, as you'll also be assisting on other duties while on board.

To apply for this position, you must also have completed at least one year of college (or the equivalent).

Kitchen/Lodge

Kitchen Manager

At camp, we do all sorts of things. We wear uniforms. We sing songs. We eat. (that's where you come in...)

As the Food Service Manager, you'll organize as well as supervise a total of 13 staff, and manage the daily routines of the kitchen/lodge area. You'll be in charge of ordering food and supplies for the kitchen and lodge, and work with the other administrative staff to run a smooth program. Additionally, you may teach classes in activity areas.

To be our Food Services Manager, you must be 21 years old, and food service management experience required. Basic First Aid and CPR Certifications Required.

Head Cook

At camp, we try to provide the most positive experience possible for kids ages 9-16. They learn arts and crafts. They learn how to sail. They eat. If you're a cook with experience feeding 300, you might be the one we're looking for.

As Head Cook, you're responsible for all aspects of the preparation and serving of 3 meals a day for 300 people. You must help teach and direct other kitchen staff, and help with some kitchen maintenance and cleanup. Additionally, you must enjoy working in a busy kitchen and working with other staff and kids.

You must be 21 years old to apply for this position, and hold current First Aid and CPR certification.

Prep Cook

At camp, lots of great things happen, but without food, it all comes to a grinding halt. Can you help us prepare and serve 3 meals a day for 300 people?

As a Prep Cook, you'll work with a team of 13 other people to get 3 wonderful meals a day to the entire camp community. You must enjoy working in a kitchen and working with others. You'll work with cooks to coordinate meals. You'll also participate in the camp program on special days and evenings, and teach classes in activity areas. Job may be configured to allow participation in cabin group supervision.

To be a Prep Cook you must be at least 18, and have graduated from high school. CPR & First Aid Certification is required.

Baker

Our baker will need to have some serious dough experience - he or she will need to bake for the needs of 300 hungry people - each meal! The primary responsibility is for breakfast and lunch items. You should have experience with large scale baking and commercial kitchen equipment. This position requires responsibility and independence, and ability to work with both staff and kids throughout the summer.

To be our Baker you must be at least 18, and have completed one year of college (or the equivalent). Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required.

Lodgekeeper

As the Lodgekeeper, you'll work with a team of 13 other people to get 3 wonderful meals a day to the entire camp community. You'll organize and manage the mealtime procedures for the dining area. You'll work with maintenance people on Lodge repairs, and be responsible for cleaning the Lodge and setting it up for gatherings. You'll also participate in the camp program on special days and evenings, and teach classes in activity areas. Job may be configured to allow participation in cabin group supervision.

To be our Lodgekeeper you must be at least 18, and have completed one year of college (or the equivalent). Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required.

Other Specialist Positions

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Nurse

At camp we emphasize safety, and over the years, we've had an excellent track record. As careful as we are, we still need a skilled nurse to help make our summer a success.

The Nurse will live and work in our modern infirmary ("Health House" as we call it at camp) and work with a local physician here on the island. As the Nurse, you'll train our staff in First Aid procedures, encourage self-sufficiency and good self-care. You'll help dispense medication to campers during meals, take care of illnessess and injuries, the occasional bee sting, and be available for any medical emergencies. Although you'll have regular 'Nurse Hours' at camp, you'll be on-call and ready to respond when needed while in camp.

To be our camp Nurse, you must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with Washington State. You should be great with kids and barnacle scrapes.

Nurse Assistant

Although our Nurse is available to dispense medication and treat campers, there's time when he or she could use a little help. That's where you come in...

As the Nurse Assistant, you'll assist our nurse with basic first aid, medication distribution and preventative practices. You may be asked to transport campers to our medical clinic here on the island, help with a splinter, or provide first aid to an injured or sick camper or staff member.

To be our Nurse Assistant, you must have experience working with children and some experience in a medical setting. First Aid and CPR certifications are required, and advanced certifications are a plus.

Music Director

"This camp is built to music, therefore built forever", says a woodcarving outside our lodge. It outlines how important our music program is at camp.

As our Music Director, you'll learn, teach, and lead traditional Four Winds Camp songs, folk songs, as well as introduce new music to campers and staff. Aid in all-camp program planning, organize our weekly evening fires, and help plan special days and weekends. You should be very confident performing in front of campers and staff, have experience in leading group singing, be able to teach songs, and play guitar or a similar instrument.

Our camp also has a recording studio where kids can record their own songs. If you have experience using ProTools on a Macintosh, let us know! (Not required).

To be our Music Director you must be at least 18, and have completed one year of college (or the equivalent). Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required.

Barn Instructor

As a Barn Instructor, you'll assist the Head of the Barn in maintaining the barn, dealing with the horses and teaching riding classes in English, Western and/or cart driving. To be successful, you'll have experience with horses, and riding instruction experience is a must! Safety is always a top priority in the Barn.

To be our Barn Instructor you must be at least 18, and have completed one year of college (or the equivalent). Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required.

Driver

At camp, we live without many of the modern conveniences of everyday life. We go without electricity and cell phones, and walk to where we need to go. So why do we need a driver?

Well, occasionally we run out of butter. Sometimes we need to pick a visitor up at the airport, or take a sick camper to the doctor. We also need to safely deliver 180 kids to camp, and return them home at the end of the session.

As the camp Driver, you'll assist with picking kids up at the airport, and coordinate laundry pickup and delivery. You'll work with nurse to assist in medical center transportation, assist with mail pickup, and run errands for just about anything, like a door hinge or butter. When not driving, you'll be spending time with our campers, so you should be great with kids as well.

To be our driver, you must be at least 21 years old, and CPR & First Aid certification is required. If you have a driver's license, bring that along too.

Office Assistant

Do you realize how much mail 180 campers get each day? Add to that 90 staff members and you'll get the picture!

As our office assistant, you'll assist in our camp office, take responsibility for the mail each day, and take on important administrative duties on our year round staff members' days off. The job takes a high level of flexibility and problem solving, requires independence and responsibility, and an eagerness to jump in and help with just about anything. You will also have opportunity to teach and/or assist in classes, so you should be great with kids as well!

CPR & First Aid certification required.

Photographer

We need someone to take a whole lot of photos this summer. We need photos of every cabin group, of each activity area, of our evening activities, of kids just having fun, of staff members putting fake tattoos on a camper's arm - get the idea?

In addition, we need someone who can help us in teaching photography to campers, someone who is comfortable with both digital and film photography, and someone who loves kids!

We know it's a tall order, but if you have photography experience, a good eye, and a big heart, maybe that person is you.

To be our Photographer you must be at least 18, and have completed one year of college (or the equivalent). Current Basic First Aid and CPR certification required.

Assistant Head of Dock

Our waterfront program at camp is very popular, and with so many activities offered to campers, it takes a special person who can coordinate and supervise it all. We're looking for that special someone to help manage this program this summer!

As the Assistant Waterfront Director, you'll supervise staff of 12 sailing, rowing, canoeing and general dock instructors during 4 class periods each day, and coordinate with the Head of Trips and Head of Waterfront to manage our water-based trips program. Mentor and help train other staff in instruction and safety procedures, and coordinate all dock activities. You'll also act as the Head of Waterfront in his or her absence. Safety is critical on the waterfront. The ability to work calmly under pressure and enjoy working with kids of all ages is also very important.

To apply for this position, you must be at least 21 years old, hold current Lifeguard Certification and have experience supervising a waterfront program. First Aid and CPR certifications are also required.