We Develop Leaders
Northern Frontier seeks to grow godly men through Christ-centered wilderness camping. What better way to learn leadership than by being on staff? Our staff goes through over a week of training where they live in close community and participate in group activities. This creates opportunities that focus on helping individuals operate as both leaders in some situations, and serve on a team in others. Summer program offers countless scenarios where leadership can be learned through hands-on experience.
We Grow Together
Northern Frontier is more than just a camp. It is a community. It is made up of the many campers, counselors, and administrative personnel who have spent their summers with us. We are a community that grows together. We believe that spiritual maturity can only happen when we are in fellowship with other believers. This exists at Northern Frontier because of our staff’s commitment to connecting through personal relationships. Our staff is expected to be considerate when speaking and careful when listening. By cultivating a community that respects one another we are truly able to grow as a whole.
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
We Invest In Our Staff
Our staff members are our most valuable assets at camp. Only when our staff are equipped can ministry happen at camp. That is why our primary center of focus is with our staff. We believe that by investing in the lives of our staff people we will be providing the best summer camp program possible to our campers. There are several men and women on-site throughout the summer who are available to mentor, counsel, encourage and support our summer staff.
We Work Heartily
Being on staff can be hard work. The days are long and physically exhausting. The work we do at camp makes a difference in many people’s lives. It requires time, focus, energy, and being flexible (even vaporous!) We seek to hire staff who will not only take ownership over their own work but the work of others too. This is because, as believers we know we are working for Christ, not for ourselves. As a community, we rely on God to supply our strength to do His work as we pour ourselves into the lives of campers every day.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23
A Northern Frontier staff member can make an incredible impact on a young boys’ life. Below is a list of the various types of staff positions at camp. Some of them require specialized training and certifications but all are vital parts of a whole community. Preference is given to those who can work an entire summer season.
Northern Frontier staff make an incredibly positive and lasting impact on a boy’s life. Preference and a financial bonus are given to those residential staff who can work the full summer season.
The Service Crew is an exchange program specifically designed for 15 year olds as a bridge between the camper and staff experiences, though no Northern Frontier experience is required. In exchange for service in the dining hall and kitchen and office, Crew members receive job training and experience, servant leadership training, outdoor adventure opportunities such as rock climbing, sailing, hiking and more. Crew members must commit to working the entirety of two full camp weeks.
- Resident position
- Minimum age: 15
Junior Counselors serve as mentors to a group of campers. Applicants must be able to work with children. Daily responsibilities include building positive relationships, leading and assisting activities, playing games, helping with cabin devotions, promoting maturity among campers, safeguarding campers physically and emotionally, and more.
- Resident position
- Minimum age: 16
- Preferred Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Wilderness First Aid
Collegian Counselors serve as mentors to a group campers. Applicants must have a sincere desire to work with children and are on call 24 hours per day and 6 days per week. Daily responsibilities include building positive relationships, leading activities, playing hard, guiding cabin devotions, promoting maturity among campers, safeguarding campers physically and emotionally, and more. Each counselor will also teach or assist with one or more Northern Frontier skills based on his skill set, interests, and the needs of camp.
- Resident position
- Minimum age: 18
- Preferred Certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, NRA, AED
- Required Certifications: Wilderness First Aid
The Photographer has the special privilege of documenting summer memories for campers, their families, and staff. In order to effectively capture important moments, this staff member must be fun-loving, affable, and able to reveal their subjects in ways that tell the story of Northern Frontier. Using creative genius, he are responsible for taking, uploading, and organizing digital photos as well as producing several videos throughout the camp season. This staff member must be organized, self-motivated, technologically savvy, and able to lead or assist the camp’s Photography skill.
- Resident position
- Minimum age: 16
- Knowledge and experience with Lightroom and Photoshop is preferred
The Kitchen Crew fuels the fun at Northern Frontier. Literally! This behind-the-scenes crew helps with food preparation and food service for each meal. Additionally, they perform a variety of clean-up duties including sanitization of the counters and kitchen appliances. The Kitchen Crew rises early in the morning to get ready for breakfast, and finishes their work in the kitchen following the dinner meal. These individuals must be team players, safety conscious, and take pride in their service.
- Resident position
- Resident Minimum age: 16
Training & FAQs
At Northern Frontier, our staff members are the most valuable asset. They are selected through an in-depth hiring process that involves many hours of application review, interviewing, background checks, and following up with references. Working at camp requires training and commitment to personal discipline. Training begins with the very first interview as we challenge our oncoming staff to prepare their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
Most of our staff reports to camp for over a week of intensive Staff Training. This time provides opportunities for each staff person to experience focused training. Our staff receives instruction on a variety of topics such as age group characteristics, camp first aid and safety protocols, how to address homesickness, camper and staff spiritual formation, leading games and group activities, and much more. Our Staff Training is also a lot of fun as we fellowship together in community. The last night concludes with a Vespers service to help center our hearts on the mission and ministry that God has called us.
Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions until we can talk further:
The camp cannot accommodate additional pets, so you will need to make other arrangements for yours. Typically one of our full-time administrative staff has a dog with them that you will be welcome to spend time with and even take for a walk during your off-time.
A personal vehicle is not necessary. Your meals, lodging, laundry, health needs, and fun are all provided here at camp. You can usually get a ride into town with another staff member when you have scheduled time off. Many of our staff choose to stay within the Adirondack Park and explore the many small towns. The closest shopping mall is over an hour away. If you are traveling to camp via airplane, we will work with you to get a ride from the airport in Albany, NY.
Camp has several washer and dyers that are available for use during your scheduled off-time. You should plan to bring detergent and dryer sheets.
Computer and cell phone use is limited to specific times and designated areas. Cell phone coverage is available, but spotty depending upon your provider. Staff usage of these items is a privilege that is not available to campers, so staff must use discretion with them. Additionally, staff members assume all risk associated with bringing expensive items to camp.
Our kitchen is capable of handling a number of dietary needs including gluten free and vegetarian. Give us a call if you have any specific concerns.
Your friends and family members are welcome to visit you on your days off. All visitors must be checked in at the Administration Office. You may show them around camp’s public areas, however, we cannot accommodate them for meals or lodging.
We recognize that there are other summer jobs which offer higher pay than being on our staff. Working at Northern Frontier is a service opportunity, and our counselors are active in Christian ministry. Spending your summer on staff at Northern Frontier should be viewed as a short-term ministry experience where young men can discover what it’s like to work in Christian service. That is why we encourage our staff to write a letter of support to their church, family, and friends. This is an informative letter to let others know about the type of work you will do at Northern Frontier. It also serves to give others the opportunity to prayerfully support you and consider donating toward your summer salary. Once you have applied and are accepted, you will receive more information about this opportunity inside your acceptance packet.
If your position at camp requires a certification, we will work with you to make sure that you are able to receive what you need. During our staff training, we offer Lifeguard training as well as Wilderness First Aid. These certifications are available to you at no cost.
Camp living accommodations vary by position but generally are shared living spaces with rustic flair and easy access to bathroom and showers.
Camp has plenty of space for running and hiking. Staff will often work out early in the morning or on their scheduled time off. We have some basic gym equipment, but you have to remember that this ain’t Anytime Fitness.
NF on Your Resume
Northern Frontier is a place that provides many benefits both now and in the future. It’s a place where you learn and practice professional competencies that will serve you well with any future employment. Therefore, you should speak of this work on your resume and in future interviews for what it truly is: Professional Youth Development!
Consider what the job might look like on your resume.
While daily working on a team of childcare professionals, I accomplished the following:
Connected with each camper through intentional conversations, listening well and seeking opportunities to engage campers and build community among themselves; developed a team-mindset among peers and supervisors while problem-solving camper and program-related issues.
Fostered a community where campers felt safe to explore, to ask questions, and to try new things, where they experienced a strong sense of belonging and shared power.
Served as a guide, provided direction while allowing campers to learn in their own way and to cultivate their ability to solve problems.
Implemented the camp mission through various programs, including large group activities and intentional small group activities, while also bringing a fun spirit and high energy to programs; took responsibility for an instructional skill area and inspired others to learn and grow through that activity.
Reviewed parent concerns and goals for their child, greeted and oriented parents to the camp experience, and provided specific feedback on their child’s growth while at camp; communicated camper and program needs to co-workers and supervisors; provided customer service to a diverse group of stakeholders.
Are You Ready To Answer God's Call?
If you have worked Northern Frontier in the past then you will log in with your existing account. There is an option to reset your password incase you can’t remember it. Take time to update your application and verify that all the information is correct.
It is our prayer that God would put a calling on your heart to serve at Northern Frontier. Hopefully you have been able to get an idea of what being on our staff looks like. Are you interested in making an impact for Christ in the lives of young men? Can you make our mission your own and meet the expectations listed? If yes, then we encourage you to prayerfully apply using the Online Staff Application found at the bottom of this page.
First you will need to create an account through our online application. After we receive your completed application, we will contact your references, conduct a background check, and schedule an interview with you.
This application is your first impression. Help us get a good idea of the kind person you are by fully and professionally filling out the application.
- Use complete sentences and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Give intentional thought and prayer to your answers.
- Provide references from different areas of your life.
- Be on time for your phone interview.
- Speak clearly and don’t mumble.
- Breathe deeply and relax!
If you have questions about working at Northern Frontier, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you in more detail about our mission and job opportunities.
Before proceeding with the application, please review our Staff Positions. We encourage both new and returning staff to visit this updated page.