At Tanadoona, we offer campers a traditional summer camp experience with canoeing, archery, swimming, kayaking, environmental education, high ropes course and more. Our main focus, however, is building positive relationships with campers and helping them discover their spark. Most counselors live on-site throughout the summer camp season, although some positions allow counselors to commute from home. Staff have free time during most weekends (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon). All meals are provided while working.
Sadly, we have cancelled our 2020 summer camp season due to COVID-19.
We will begin hiring for 2021 summer camp season in early winter – please check back!
Job Descriptions (links will be added in early winter)
- General Camp Counselor
- General Camp Counselor-Half Summer
- Camp Nurse
- Camp Photographer
- Office Assistant
- Camper Care Specialist
- Northwoods Trip Specialist
- Archery Specialist
- Outdoor Living Skills Specialist
- Camp Cook
- Kitchen Assistant
- Food Service Manager
To apply, complete BOTH of the following forms once links are posted.
- Online Application
2021 dates will be available later, below is a rough outline
Updated Training Dates:
- Leadership & Certification Training: mid-May
- All Staff Training: end of May
Camp Season: beginning of June – end of August
Staff Departure: 3-5 days after last day of camp
Can’t work the whole summer?
We want staff to have some flexibility to take on other adventures throughout the summer, while still serving all our campers.
A few things to note:
- ALL new staff are expected to be a part of staff training. It is strongly encouraged for returning staff.
- Hiring preference is given to staff who can commit to more weeks or the full summer. Please share dates you may or will need off before or during your interview.
- Most positions require a full season commitment and for staff to live on-site throughout their employment.
- ALL staff receive Friday evening-Sunday 2pm off.
Benefits of working at Tanadoona
- Build On Your Education: You’ll receive nearly two weeks of staff training and on-going team-building sessions. In these trainings, we’ll learn about camp activities, behavior management, parent communication, how to work with youth of all ages and backgrounds, the importance of developmental assets, and proper health and safety guidelines. These are valuable skills you’ll use throughout your life, no matter what profession you follow. Check out this New York Times article and Huffington Post article to learn more about the benefits of camp (or if you need to convince your parents!).
- Help Youth Grow Strong: Tanadoona counselors are caring individuals who love the outdoors and are dedicated to giving youth an amazing summer camp experience. You will help campers learn about themselves and others, learn new skills and encourage them to have fun in a safe outdoor environment.
- Build Incredible New Relationships: You will meet the wildest, most caring, fun-loving, adorable, energetic, courageous and confident campers around! They will impact your lives forever, and you will create memories that last a lifetime for you – and for them. You will also meet people from all over the USA and around the world. About half of Tanadoona’s staff will be from a country other than the USA. This is because we cherish diversity and want kids and staff to learn from other cultures. We embrace our differences! You will make friends for life in just one summer!
- Have Fun! While “camp is for the camper,” you’ll leave having had an amazing summer, meeting counselors from around the world, learning about yourself, trying new things and exploring the Twin Cities.