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Now hiring for Camp Director!

Camp Staff

A team of dedicated, special individuals is perhaps our greatest resource at camp. Our team fulfills our mission of providing free and and life-changing experiences to seriously ill children and their families through the joy, comradery, and respite of camp, helping families create lasting memories that transcend pain and illness.

We will begin accepting applications for 2019 Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe staff in February/March. Positions open may include nurse, counselor/junior counselor, kitchen staff, and waterfront director/lifeguard positions (descriptions below). Please check back for updates.

NOW HIRING – Camp Director

The Camp Director is responsible to develop and supervise family programming including but not limited to the eight-week summer camp program and holiday weekend. Other duties may include helping with organizational special events and facilities rentals in the off-season.


The Camp Director works under the direct supervision of the Dream Day Executive Director and in conjunction with the Family Relations/Facilities Committees to ensure a successful camp experience for the children and families that attend and also maintain a safe, vibrant, professional camp setting. This includes:

  • Complying with all Dream Day policies and procedures and updating as necessary.
  • Establishing and maintaining significant relationships with the children, families, volunteers and paid staff.
  • Providing direct supervision to the paid and volunteer staff.
  • Meeting regularly (daily when is in session) with the staff and volunteers.
  • Recruiting, cultivating and supporting qualified volunteers to assist with camp maintenance and activities.
  • Recruit, screen, and schedule families to apply to family programming.


The Camp Director, under the supervision of the Executive Director and in conjunction with the Family Relations/Facilities Committees, is responsible to carry out the following functions:


  • Together with Executive Director and the Board of Directors Family Relations Committee, develop a camp program upholding Dream Day ideals, using camp resources, and appropriate to the client population.
  • Operate camp program within budget with exception of Board approved overrides.
  • Ensure that all programs and events are properly staffed within budget.
  • Recruit, screen, interview, reference-check, and hire staff and volunteers.
  • Provide orientation and training to staff regarding camp policies, procedures and camp activities.
  • Lead paid and volunteer staff discipline, reviews, final evaluation, and suggestions for rehiring.
  • Provide volunteer staff orientation.
  • Ensure the safety of all children, families, and staff when camp is in session.
  • Provide daily supervision to staff and volunteers when camp is in session.
  • Ensure that the camp activities and events are appropriate and that the program schedule is maintained.
  • Organize camp volunteer schedule and maintain communication with volunteers.
  • Coordinate off-campus trips.
  • Order all supplies and food (in conjunction with the Chef) to ensure that all programs are properly equipped with necessary supplies and or product.
  • Providing the Executive Director and the Family Relations Committee with weekly written on the status of operations.
  • Use data from family and staff evaluations to inform programming operation.
  • Network with caregivers, parent groups, professional organizations on Dream Day’s behalf with purposes of recruiting families, staff, and volunteers – and also for public relations purposes.
  • Develop offseason family programming – one day gatherings and others as directed.
  • Align Dream Day’s camp program within national association standards.
  • Work with ED to use data (including demographic and health) collected to inform and support fundraising efforts.


Together with a facilities team, assist in maintaining a camp facility which meets the needs of the client population

  • Work with facilities team to maintain compliance with Town Health, Fire, and Building standards, ensure clean, safe, and secure property and facilities, keep the property and equipment neat and orderly at all times, and help identify and communicate any property needs/issues.
  • Responsible for all permitting needed to open camp each year.


The ideal candidate will have significant past camp experience with, at least, one year as a Camp Manager or Director. S/he will have a strong record of successful relationships with camp staff and possess demonstrated leadership. Proven skills as a leader and team builder are essential. CORI/SORI checked.


The Camp Director is ultimately accountable to the Executive Director, who works in conjunction with the Family Relations/Facilities Committees, for the fulfillment of the responsibilities noted above and for conforming to organizational policies and procedures.

  • The Executive Director and Family Relations/Facilities Committees are responsible for providing the authorization, resources and involvement necessary for the successful realization of the responsibilities of the position.
  • The working relationship is reviewed as a part of the annual review.


The Camp Director directly supervises the camp counselors, nurse, chef, waterfront staff and other paid and volunteer staff.

This position is part-time (off-site remote work) from after Labor Day to June 1st, and is full-time/residential from June 2 through Labor Day. Estimated hours off-season 10 per week with occasionally more as needed. Some visits to Cape Cod required in the office season for weekend meetings and our Holiday Weekend program which is typically held the second weekend in December. Dates are negotiable for the right candidate.

Housing is provided on site during the residential season in beautiful Nickerson State Park in Brewster on Cape Cod. Includes all utilities.

Please EMAIL cover letter, resume, and certifications to

Residential Positions
Check for position openings in February/March of 2019.

Residental positions run approximately June 17 through August 17.

Nurse/Health Manager/EMT – Our lead health/first aid attendant on staff. Duties include:

  • Provide first aid for various camp related incidents including but not limited to cuts, scrapes and other wounds, poison ivy, ticks, sunburns, allergic reactions, etc
  • Serve as primary health informant on staff; educating staff about needs of campers week-to-week based on their conditions
  • Oversee the Emergency Action Plan; responsible for educating staff about the plan and implementing the plan
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality at all times

General Counselor – Carry out the social and recreational programming of camp. Duties include:

  • Facilitate and support positive camp experience of all campers
  • Lead local excursions and activities
  • Be sensitive to needs of all campers and accommodate those needs as appropriate
  • Lead games, swimming, boating, arts/crafts, skits, and more

We look for counselors who are positive, upbeat, hardworking individuals with enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, and self-control. Due to the small nature of our organization, it is assumed and expected that all staff work together as a team to carry out our program as well as completing various facility chores (as-needed cleaning, dining prep, etc.). Sensitivity and professionalism when dealing with confidential matters are imperative. Certifications in areas such as ropes course, lifeguard, archery, and more are helpful but not necessary.

Lifeguard/Waterfront Director – Keep our campers safe while they enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and other water activities. Duties include:

  • Maintain oversight of staff while at water activities ensuring they adhere to policies and procedures
  • Designate stations for staff and volunteers so they may assist you in keeping water activities safe both at camp and offsite at local beaches
  • Lead other camp activities when not supervising the waterfront

Lifeguard Certification from the American Red Cross with waterfront designation or equivalent, CPR, and first aid certifications required. Open water, surf, and WSI highly desired.

Nonresidential Positions
Check for position openings in February/March of 2019.

Assistant Cook
– Approx 20 hours/week (may be residential depending upon applicant and other duties)