Summer Staff

“During my college years I spent two summers working at The Ranch. They were two of the greatest summers of my life. Now, almost 15 yrs. later, serving as a Pastor in full time ministry, I view my time on the ranch as crucial to my development as a leader and a minister. I love The Ranch!” — Former Camp Counselor

Did you know that over 60% of our campers come from unchurched, non religious backgrounds? In addition, the stats say that only 17% of the Northeast United States attend church regularly! We are no doubt in a potential Harvest Field. You will have ample opportunities to share and show the Love of Christ to the campers, by one-on-one, in your Cabin Pow-Wow, or at a Campfire!

The future of the Ranch has never looked brighter, we have a rich history of God’s faithfulness that we get to build upon! Summer Camp 2018 is going to be awesome. We believe God has the perfect staff planned, and each camper will have the best summer of their life. Campers get to experience the beautiful trails while hiking or on horseback. They will be able to choose 3 skills for their session, including the options of Paintball, Climbing Tower, Archery, Swimming, Outdoor Adventure, etc! Each session will have a Speaker and Worship Leader, who will encourage both the Campers and the Staff in their walks with Him! Our goal is to have 2 Counselors for every 10 campers, with about 100 campers each session. As a staff member, you will truly know many of the campers.

There are so many ways you can potentially plug in if you are interested in working at a camp this summer! One thing is for sure, no matter what position you prayerfully consider, you’ll have an impact on the lives of so many kids! Each of the following positions has a unique way of serving Christ and kids! Food and Lodging are provided with all positions. For more information or questions, please notify us…


Camp Counselor: A Camp Counselor is a Fun Loving, Godly leader who will work with a group of 8-10 campers per week. They are responsible for the overall well being; physically, emotionally and spiritually, of each camper! In additional, they will teach or assist in a few specific skill areas! Must be 18 years of age and finished 12th grade. The Camp Counselor is the most vital role in Camp! (Summer Salary: $1,100/Summer)

Head Counselor: This role is preformed by someone with previous counselor experience. They have the responsibility of leading and representing the Counselors to the Program Staff. Your goal would be to ensure the Counseling Staff has the information, tools and support necessary to carry out their duties as a counselor. We are looking for someone who will be a role model amongst his peers, and ability to pour their lives into the Counseling Staff! Previous Counselor experience preferred for this position. (Summer Salary: $1,200/Summer)

This team provides the support for the Camp Counselor and Campers.  They have the responsibility of the daily operations and maintenance that enables camp to run smooth, safe and effective.

Assistant Program Director: Provide leadership and direction of the Summer Program. Includes oversight and execution of all Camp Wide Activities, i.e. Morning Assembly, Celebration, Meal Times, Director Specials, and Late Nights. Previous Camp Experience is required. (Summer Salary: $1,200)

Tower Monitor: The Tower Monitor oversees instruction and facilitation of our Alpine Tower Skills and Activity. This individual has extensive knowledge, expertise in the area of climbing, ropes, and working with others. Must be 18 years of age. (Summer Salary: $1,100)

Head Wrangler: Oversees the Horsemanship Program, making sure the campers have a fun and safe time interacting with the horses. Qualifications: Extensive Horse experience, 18 years of age, and approved by Camp Director.  (Summer Salary: $1,200/Summer)

Wrangler: Assist Head Wrangler the Horsemanship Program, making sure the campers have a fun and safe time interacting with the horses. Qualifications: Extensive Horse experience, 18 years of age. (Summer Salary: $1,100)

Office Assistant: The Office Assistant duties include answering phones, managing mail, maintaining the camp schedule, overseeing our Hitching Post (Camp Store), as well as other duties assigned by the director. (Summer Salary: $1,200)

Assistant Cook: Assist our Food Service Director in providing our Campers and Staff the best meals possible. In addition, assist in serving and working alongside our Kitchen Staff members serving in the Kitchen. Must be 18 years of age and have previous experience serving in a kitchen. (Summer Salary: $1,200)

Kitchen Staff: Assist our Food Service Director in providing our Campers and Staff the best meals possible. Performing all duties related to the Kitchen, food prep, meal prep, serving, and dishes. Must be 18 years of age. (Summer Salary: $1,100)

Life Guard: The Life Guard oversees the program at the pool making sure the campers have a fun and safe time at the pool.  Qualifications: Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and be approved by Camp Director (Summer Salary: $1,100/Summer) (Can be a Counselor & Lifeguard)

Photographer: Photographer make programs memorable and fun by creating ways for parents to be engaged in Camp while their kids are away. Qualifications: Have basic photography skills. (Summer Salary: $1,100/Summer)

Videographer: Videographer make programs memorable and fun by creating ways for parents to be engaged in Camp while their kids are away. Qualifications: Have videography skills. (Summer Salary: $1,100/Summer)

Ranch Hand: Provide support to our Camp Program as needed. Includes facilities cleaning, mowing, driving, garbage removal, etc. In addition, provide support for large camp games, and activities. (Summer Salary: $1,100)

Will you prayerfully consider applying to join our staff? Email us at to request more information.


Summer Staff FAQ

We’ve tried to answer some common questions below. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please visit our CONTACT page and send us an email or call us.

What is the Staff Application Process?

1. Express Interest by Filling Out Staff Application Online (All Positions) 2. Submit 3 Reference Forms 3. Once Application and References are received and checked, an Interview will be conducted (via phone or FaceTime) 4. Following Interviews, you will be notified via Email with status of Summer Employment 5. If hired, Health Form and Background Checks will need to be completed. 6. Staff Manual, What To Bring, and Letter of Commitment will be mailed to you prior to Staff Training!

How long is my summer staff commitment?

Staff Training for all Program Staff begins Sunday, June 10th. All Staff and Counselors will report on Thursday, June 14th. Our Staff Closing Celebration will be on Saturday, August 4th in the evening. Staff will be able to leave Sunday am, August 5th.

How can I expect to be involved as a Camp Staff?

MAPLERIDGE would like to share with you what is expected of you for this summer
so we all can be on the same page and work well as a staff serving the camper.


Camp is a place of “Over The Top” FUN for campers. Because of the unique setting, it is expected that you enter into the elements of “FUN” daily. A Creative & Fun Camp Spirit is very important at camp.


It is our desire that everyone here is working for the campers. This means caring for their physical,
mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well being. You can expect there to be some tough times. We ask that you keep your summer one of balance even when it comes to weekends, relationships, rest, and spiritual growth. Keeping these in balance will help in finishing the summer strong.


Ranch Staff sacrifice their summer with hard days, long hours and being “on-duty” 24/7. We believe that physically exerting yourself is good and an act of service to God. You will have a 24 hour period off each weekend, but when it comes to camp you need to be available to campers and other staff. Staff work hard for very little pay but are rewarded eternally.


The demanding task of being with young people can only be sustained by being with the One that can supernaturally energize you. Parents desire to see young adult’s model Christ-like behavior and attitudes before the campers, no matter what the circumstance.


There are many instances at camp when things do not go as we wish. It can be frustrating, but it’s
eternity that we focus on as a staff. As the little things come and go at camp we ask you to let them go and stay focused on your ministry opportunity. Your hard work and meeting these expectations will be rewarded. It might come in a child asking you “How can I know Jesus?” You may see it when your camper is smiling in a picture or your camper overcoming a fear at the tower, horses or paintball.

What are the primary requirements for being a Summer Staff Applicant?

There are three primary things we look for in our Summer Staff.

1. They Love Jesus Passionately!

2. They Love Kids!

3. They Love Being Fun and Enthusiastic About Everything!

Everything else we can teach during Staff Training!