Merrowvista Jobs

Village Leader

Cabin Leaders (summer camp counselors) in co-leadership pairs or trios lead a village (cabin group) of 10-12 campers and are active leaders in daily activities. Summer 2023 will include two weeks of paid staff training followed by six weeks of camp.

General Responsibilities

  • Encourage leadership development, healthy community living, and AYF mission and values driven practices.
  • Protect the safety and health of campers by adhering to community expectations and following all policies and procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook, including our alcohol-, drug-, and tobacco-free camp policy and AYF COVID-19 Staff Eligibility and Expectations.
  • Be a positive Role Model
  • Instruction in some skilled program activities
  • Fully participate in and be present at all community activities
  • Instruct campers in safety and health regulations, policies and procedures of camp and behavior.
  • Be a risk manager.
  • Be familiar with and apply the Four-Fold philosophy and Best Self practices to leadership, instruction and modeling while in camp.
  • Actively participate in staff training activities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Leadership and guidance of a village of approximately 12 campers, single gender identifying or co-ed.
  • Provide 24-hour supervision and mentoring to campers in assigned group in a cabin setting. Live with and eat meals with a cabin group, helping each camper to adjust to camp life and to achieve his/her personal best.
  • Teach interest groups, organize, and plan small group conversations, and lead or participate in Night’s Doings when assigned.
  • Set a high standard of respect for self, others, and the space though promptness, language, attitude, and participation
  • Use positive behavior reinforcement and human relations skills with campers and other staff members
  • Discuss with the Coordinator and Director any difficult situations that arise in camper or staff relationships, discipline, and other areas of concern to the camp.
  • Complete all requested records and written reports, including end-of-summer letters to camper families
  • Establish personal and professional goals for the summer and work towards those goals
  • Complete all job functions and other duties as assigned

Necessary Skills for Success

  • Be able to maintain focus for extended periods while assessing risks and supervising campers
  • Ability to respond to, teach and manage the behaviors of the campers in their care
  • Able to effectively manage their emotions to remain focused on what is in the best interest of the campers in their care in a variety of situations.
  • Effective communication with youth participants and adult staff across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Ability to foster positive relationships
  • Ability to respond to and direct campers and/or staff in an emergency
  • Ability to understand, promote, actively include, and work effectively with diverse perspectives and identities
  • Ability to maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers
  • Thorough understanding of critical issues shaping the lives of young people in the U.S., especially racial and gender equity, inclusivity, justice, ethics, and cultural competency

Work Environment

  • Position location is in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire at the Merrowvista campus. Position required to work onsite during summer.
  • The Merrowvista site necessitates the capacity to move through rugged terrain.
  • All meals and housing provided during training and program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 or older and one year post-high school graduation experience
  • Strong teaching/facilitating and leadership skills preferred
  • Previous experience working with children, adolescents and/or young adults required
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid (training available for accepted candidates)


  • Weekly pay: $600
  • Cabin Leaders will receive one day off for every six days worked

Questions? Please contact the Merrowvista team at

What should I know before applying?

Our Village Leaders...

• Love working with kids and being outside.

• Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.

• See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Merrowvista.

What can I expect if I am hired?

Our base salary for first-year leaders is $4,800, with additional bonuses available based on relevant experience and certification. • All food, housing, and trial gear is provided while you work at Merrowvista, and you'll have access to a number of pro-discounts on outdoor equipment and apparel. • You will receive free tuition for Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Lifeguard courses offered at Merrowvista.

Frequently Asked Questions


Leaders will learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with campers, how to teach activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, Village Leaders will be prepared to guide their group through positive experiences, teach Interest Groups, and more.


Leaders will begin and end their day with their Village and their assigned co-leaders, helping the campers prepare for the day and later for bed. In the morning, leaders will travel with their campers to a flag-raising ceremony, and eat all their meals at a table with their cabin. During the morning and afternoon, Leaders will teach three to four activities for campers that align with their interests and abilities (Interest Groups), will facilitate a rest hour for their cabin, and will engage with campers during Free Time. After dinner, Leaders will engage with the entire camp during a night time activity and will participate in an Evening Reflection. After helping the campers prepare for bed, Leaders will lead their cabin in an activity to close out the day.


Village Leaders are expected to sleep in the cabins with the campers. We have a range of cabins, some more remote and rustic than others. All cabins have trail access to bathroom facilities.


Village Leaders will get one day off for every six days worked.