As an Avid4 Adventure Day Camp Instructor, you have the amazing responsibility of inspiring kids to lead active outdoor lifestyles. You will become part of a team of outdoor professionals who receive support and mentorship from our camp leaders, grow their teaching skills, and enjoy a community of peers who live the values our camps teach. The ideal candidates are detail oriented, highly organized, and ready for action. Applicants must also have significant experience leading children and experience in at least one of our core sports. Just as important, being an Avid4 Adventure Day Camp Instructor means being ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun!
Multi-Sport Camps: During a week of multi-sport, instructor pairs guide campers through one adventure activity each day which can include: climbing or stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. On rock climbing and mountain biking days, instructors will partner with Specialist Instructors, who have advanced skills in each adventure sport.
Single Sport Camps: Instructors facilitating single-sport programs work with campers on one of our core sports for the entire week, including white water kayaking, SUPing, survival skills, rock climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding and bike-park riding. Activities take place on and off-site, depending on program and camp location.
All Day Camp Instructor applicants will complete a general online application. During the interview process, we will determine which type of day camp and role is the best fit with your background and preferences.
- Provide age and developmentally- appropriate instruction in mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, Leave No Trace principles and team building.
- Co-lead activities on or off-site (dependent on camper age group and program)
- Drive campers in 15 passenger van and trailer when leading off-site programming. (Van driving training will be provided).
- Provide exceptional customer service to parents and all participants in our programs.
- Serve as a role model for campers in appropriate behavior, language, attitudes and activities.
- Provide guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities.
- Thoroughly understand emergency action plans and help implement procedures if necessary.
- Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of equipment, and report any damages to Camp Director.
- Maintain excellent communication between campers, parents, and staff.
- Participate in staff meetings and program meetings.
- Take an active role in the continual evaluation of campers, programs, and staff.
- Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.
- Other duties as requested by the Camp Director.
- Minimum age to apply is 19 years old.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- Experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, survival skills, outdoor education.
- Experience leading youth and have a passion for working with kids.
- First Aid certification: (for details, please visit our FAQs page)
- Wilderness First Aid (or higher) is required for most Avid instructors. Instructors working only with our youngest campers (3-6 year olds) only need Community/Basic First Aid. Wilderness medical certifications must be delivered by a nationally recognized organization (SOLO, WMI, WMA, Aerie, etc.).
- Do we pay for your WFA certification? YES! To pay for this cert, we increase your hourly pay by $0.50. So, over the course of a summer, you will earn approximately $200 to cover the cost of this incredibly useful certification.
- CPR Certification:
- American Red Cross or American Heart Association prior to staff training (CANNOT be a 100% online course). Avid4 will offer CPR classes for anyone who needs it prior to all staff training. Avid4 does not pay for the time or cost of this certification. We organize this to ease the stress of finding a course.
- High levels of organization, communication, and judgment.
Typical Physical Demands & Working Environment:
- Course set-up, facilitation and take down is physically demanding requiring lifting and moving of heavy elements, setting up industrial type elements (such as portable climbing walls) that have large moving parts.
- Outdoor activities require ability to bike, hike, climb and kayak at a level that affords an appropriate margin of comfort while instructing students.
Mandatory Training Dates:
- Colorado Day Camp training is May 20th - May 27th.
- The training wage is minimum wage in the geographic location in which the training occurs. For training days where a certification is received, whether a 3rd party certification (ie, Red Cross Small Craft Safety) OR an Avid4 certification that can be marketed with future employers, employees receive the certification but not additional pay.
Typical Camp Schedule: 39.25 hours/week. Monday 7:30 am - 3:45 pm; Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 am -3:45 pm.
Camp dates vary by location, but typically begin in early June and end in mid-August. You will have the chance to indicate your availability and location preference in our online application.
Compensation: Varies based on certifications and location. View compensation table