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.
CAN I BRING MY PET?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.