Expeditions & Camp Kanuga Staff Application Process

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Camp Kanuga team!






Hiring Standards

Those who join the Camp Kanuga team undergo an extremely thorough interview process and background check. In fact, Kanuga’s hiring standards surpass the minimum requirements set forth by the American Camp Association.

Camp Kanuga applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • minimum age requirement:
    18 years old for Crew members
    19 years old or completion of 1st year of college for Counselors
    21 years old for Support Staff
  • pass a face-to-face interview
  • pass a national background check
  • pass a social media check
  • sign the Kanuga Community Covenant

For questions about the application process for our Residential or Starter Camps, please contact Camp Kanuga Director David Schnitzer at david.schnitzer@kanuga.org.

Job Descriptions & Applications

Applications differ depending on the position so please make sure to click the appropriate link.

Support Staff & Alumni Counselors

Some positions require support staff members to be at least 21 years of age. Click on the links below to read the job description for each position.

Support Staff Directors Support Staff Managers
Assistant Director Camp Chaplain
Programs Director Naturalist
Crew Director Camp Store Manager
Assistant Crew Director Office Manager
Mountain Bike Director Worship Coordinator
Art Director Waterfront Director
Assistant Leadership Director Climbing/Adventure Director
Social Media Manager

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First-Time Camp Kanuga Counselors

Applicants must be 19 years of age or have finished their first year of college by the time summer begins. There are full-summer and half-summer positions available.

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Camp Kanuga Crew

Applicants must be 18 years of age or have graduated high school by the time summer begins. Applicants must also be certified lifeguards.

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Expeditions Staff

Camp Kanuga Expeditions staff is carefully selected to make sure you have someone you can trust in the backcountry. These professional adult leaders go through an extensive training program that emphasizes techniques for team building and assisting in personal development, including technical skills and safety procedures. Two counselors (one male and one female) accompany each group of 12–13 Expedition campers.

We look for leaders who have:
  • Previous trail experience
  • Knowledge of wilderness medical procedures
  • Good judgment, patience and strength of character

Staff members typically are college graduates or college seniors, many of whom have experience with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School, both considered excellent preparation for persons working with young people in outdoor programs.

The Camp Kanuga Expeditions staff is a dedicated team that is excited to work with teenagers (ages 12–17) and gain practical experience in the field. We expect our staff to be fun, enthusiastic, capable, compassionate, experienced, faithful and flexible while living in our small community. Expeditions staff members receive a weekly salary, room and board.

Want to join our team of Expeditions Counselors?

Join our team, and spend your summer leading adventure treks in the Appalachian mountains. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, with interviews being scheduled on a rolling basis beginning in January 2017. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director Dave Bollen at dave.bollen@kanuga.org.

Current Positions Available:
  • Counselors: Professional adult leaders with a proven desire and ability to provide positive leadership, team building opportunities and outdoor adventure for campers in a Christian community. Offer guidance to participants as they grow individually and within the community. Decision makers related to risk management, participant health issues, base camp contact and route alterations. Displays solid judgment and character, backed up by practical, professional backcountry/adventure experience.
CK Expeditions Job Descriptions
Expeditions Counselors
Trip Leader
Crew Members

Application link coming soon!


Find out how you can support our counselors this summer through a few simple actions.

Committed to the principles of equal opportunity, Kanuga accepts employment applications without regard to race, color, gender or national origin.

For more information about Camp Kanuga, please contact Camp Kanuga Coordinator Patrice Suggs at psuggs@kanuga.org or 828-233-2744.