We’re looking for the best staff for Summer 2024!

If you love working with kids, being outdoors, and have a passion for inclusion, then working at camp with Keshet may be the perfect fit for you! We are looking for kind, compassionate, and energetic staff to work at Keshet’s day camps, our partner day camps and overnight camp programs.

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Our staff say the best parts of their jobs are...

Making an impact

At camp, our staff have the ability to make a difference in the lives of our campers in creating meaningful activities and opportunities within the camping experience. When our campers succeed, we, as staff, feel just as accomplished.

Promoting inclusion

Our mission of inclusion and belonging certainly extends to our camp programs. Counselors provide just the right amount of support and encouragement for campers to feel independent, build social connections, explore new activities and experience the joy of summer.

Gaining valuable skills

Leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and confidence are just some of the many skills that our staff gain from working at camp. Many of our staff grow so passionate about the work they do at camp that they choose to pursue a career path that allow them to further their skillset in this area.

Available positions for 2024

Keshet Day Camp Counselors act as a primary staff member for campers who need additional support. Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 campers with special needs. Counselors are expected to look out for each camper’s health, safety and happiness while integrating into camp life. If applicable, day camp staff will ride the bus and attend before/after care with their assigned camper. Applicants must be a minimum of 16 yrs old to apply.

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As a Keshet Day Camp Head Counselor for individuals with disabilities, this key role centers on providing leadership and support in a daytime camp setting. Responsibilities include coordinating daily activities, supervising counselors, and facilitating an inclusive environment for campers with diverse needs. Candidates should have previous experience working with individuals with disabilities and exhibit strong leadership qualities to ensure a positive and enriching day camp experience.

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Keshet Overnight Camp Counselors act as a primary staff member for campers who need additional support. Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 campers with special needs. Counselors are expected to look out for each camper’s health, safety and happiness while integrating into camp life. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 yrs old and have a high school degree or equivalent to apply.

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As an Overnight Head Counselor for individuals with disabilities, this leadership role involves overseeing and ensuring the well-being of campers throughout the night, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment. Responsibilities include leading a team of counselors, implementing nighttime routines, and addressing any emergent needs or concerns. Ideal candidates will have prior experience working with individuals with disabilities and possess strong leadership skills. Must have previous counselor experience to apply.

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The Vocational/Life Skills Camp Counselor role requires individuals with a background in camp counseling to support personal and professional development for individuals with disabilities during summer camp. Applicants must possess prior camp counselor experience and be 18 years and older. This position offers a unique opportunity for experienced counselors to contribute to a transformative camp experience, equipping campers with essential skills for future success.

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Keshet Winter and/or Spring Day Camp Counselors act as a primary staff member for campers who need additional support. Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 participants with special needs or oversee a small group of participants at one time. Counselors are expected to look out for each participant’s health, safety and happiness while integrating into planned activities. Applicants must be a minimum of 16 yrs old to apply.

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The Site Director for a camp is a leadership role responsible for overseeing all aspects of camp operations. This includes program development, staff management, and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment. The director plays a pivotal role in creating a positive and enriching experience for campers, with a focus on promoting personal growth and fostering a sense of community among participants with diverse needs. This position is for day and/or overnight camp. Must be at least 21 yrs old to apply.

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Site Assistants require previous work in special education. A Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, special education, psychology or a related field preferred. Duties include assisting site director in planning, scheduling, camper management and staff supervision. This position is for day and/or overnight camp. Must be at least 21 yrs old to apply.

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We provide all of the training you'll need

We provide all of the training you'll need

Keshet partners with each respective camp to create a week-long staff training prior to camp beginning. These trainings teach staff the ins and outs of their campsite, best equip them to handle various challenges with their campers, and instill strategies to help foster inclusion and community throughout the summer. Our training week ensures that our staff are comfortable and well prepared for the summer ahead.

Programs, locations & dates

Programs, locations & dates

Keshet serves camp programs in several areas across Chicagoland such as the City of Chicago, Evanston, Northbrook, Wheeling, and Lake Zurich, as well as overnight camps in Wisconsin. Staff training dates vary based upon the campsite but could range anytime between June 3rd and June 17th. Keshet also holds a mandatory all-camp kickoff staff training before camp begins. Camp dates range anywhere from six to eight weeks following staff training and will conclude in early to mid-August. Our Keshet team will help match your campsite based on its location and your date availability.

Questions? Contact us.

Please contact us with any questions about the available positions and locations.

Day Camp: Drew McNamara at [email protected] or 630.566.9859
Overnight Camp: Polly Cheeseman at [email protected] or 630.566.9391

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