Summer Job Opportunities in the Bay Area

Summer Jobs at Roughing It

Make a Difference in Children's Lives! As a summer camp counselor, you can have a deep and lasting positive impact on campers and their future.

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Our Story

Founded in 1972, Roughing It is owned and personally directed by Hobie and Ann Woods, who have many years of combined experience in organized summer camps and youth leadership. Ann and Hobie met as counselors at Kennolyn Camp when they were college students. Their dream of founding and directing their own camp became a reality when they opened Roughing It Day Camp over 30 years ago.

Roughing It offers a traditional camp curriculum that emphasizes positive growth and self esteem. Campers look to the tremendous staff at Roughing It as role models and that is why we hold our staff to the very highest standards. With the help of staff, the camp program instills team work, cooperation, friendship, and establishes a wonderful camp community. Campers receive lessons at all program areas, and are always challenging themselves with new skills and are encouraged to be the best they can be.

Why Work at Roughing It?

Make a Difference

As a staff member, you can have a deep and lasting positive impact on campers and their future.

Great Work Experience

Graduate schools and employers respect and value work experience and references from Roughing It.

Fun & Friends

Get out into the fresh air and pleasant Northern California weather for the summer. Fellowship with new friends.

Competitive Pay

Roughing It is one of the highest paying camps in California.

Available Summer Positions

Roughing It Day is currently recruiting staff who have a sincere desire to lead and serve children. We are looking to hire individuals of the very highest moral character who will serve as exceptional role models for our campers.

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I just loved my campers and am so happy for the time I got to spend with them.

All the great little moments added up to a wonderful summer. I hope to work at Roughing It again. The past two summers have been amazing and I love camp so much…

Carla, Group Counselor
2nd year staff member

Kids have amazing imaginations, and they know a lot more about life than we think.

Ryan, Group Counselor
3rd year staff member and former camper

Helping campers to conquer new challenges, and watching the uncertainty in their eyes be replaced by the confident and courageous look that only comes when you have reached deep down inside of yourself, and conquer your fears.

Seeing this happen to a member of your group is something I hope every counselor is able to experience. This is really what our job is all about!

Ashley, Group Counselor
1st year staff member

I think that it’s much more important to act as a positive role model than to act ‘cool.’

Molly, Group Counselor
1st year staff member

On the last day of camp a camper told me ‘I don’t have friends at school, but now I do’

and when his mother came to camp to hug me and thank me. She said I was the reason her son was always smiling now – that’s when I knew I had made a difference.

Eric, Group Counselor
2nd year staff member

I loved the times when campers would share something from their “outside” life with me.

It showed that they valued me as more than a counselor – as a friend.

Andrew, Group Counselor
1st year staff member

Working at Roughing It, I learned that kids, no matter what they do, aim to please.

Darryl, Group Counselor
1st year staff member

I learned a lot about working as part of a team, and how to appreciate all the different things in each camper that makes each child special.

Ashley, Rowing Staff
1st year staff member

Thank you all, so much, for an awesome summer! I still haven’t run out of camp stories to tell!

Kristen, Kayaking Staff
1st year staff member and former camper

My last nine years at Roughing It have been very rewarding.

Moving from being a camper to a CILT to a Junior Counselor to a staff member, I’ve learned that kids are probably the best possible group of people to work with. This camp has been a significant part of my life.

Leslie, Asst. Swim Director
2nd year staff member

At the end of the day, the most rewarding aspect of the job is to know that you have in some way positively impacted a camper’s life.

Stasi, Swim Director

I loved the bus rides, the giggles, the raking out stalls, and the teaching.

Roughing It has truly given me the ability to believe in myself as a teacher and an individual.

Erika, HDC Counselor
1st year staff member

My most memorable moment at camp was seeing a camper lope for the very first time on the trail, and knowing she had learned to ride correctly because I taught her!

Kim, HDC Counselor
1st year staff member

I want to thank you for treating all of your employees like family.

Sarah, HDC Counselor
1st year staff member

Working at Roughing It helped me realize that when the going gets tough the tough REALLY get going.

Shivani, Assistant Riding Director
1st year staff member

This summer was full of many fond memories for me.

I will remember many campers for many reasons, but what I will remember most is the sound of laughter and the sight of smiles that I saw every day this summer. I’d like to thank all of the counselors who, through their kindness, caring, and friendship, made Roughing It a fun place for (all of us) to come to. I’d also like to thank the campers for their enthusiasm, which made working this summer less of a job and more of a treat. Thank you all for the fond memories.

Eric, Unit Leader
3rd year staff member

There was always something in my day to make me smile.

The B2s’ jokes, the B1s’ huddle, the Little Raccoons’ cheers, hugs from the G1/2s, G2 saying hi when I pass; I just loved to see kids having fun in a healthy way.

Wendy, Unit Leader
2nd year staff member