2020 Employment Dates & FAQs
Staff Training June 4-13, 2020
Camp June 14-August 8, 2020
All staff must participate in Staff Training. Additional paid work options include opening camp (May 23-June 3) and closing camp up for the winter (August 9-15).
Base pay is $4,050, for 9-1/2 weeks of training and camp. Pay increases $300 if you are a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Instructor, or American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor or have worked at Deer Crossing before. Relevant certifications in core camp activities may earn a $100 additional pay.
Staff receive one full day (24 consecutive hours) off each week, plus the occasional activity period or evening off. Staff are paid at the end of each two-week camp session. International staff are paid at the end of the summer; if needed, earlier payments can be arranged. Additional pay is earned if you can help open ($960) or close ($675) camp. Lodging (platform tents), meals, and uniforms are provided to all staff.
Deer Crossing Camp
P.O. Box 1227
Pollock Pines, CA 95726 USA
We pick up mail at least once a week, a 90-minute drive one way. Because of the time it takes to reach camp, all mail should be sent to you no later than the first few days of August. If sent later, it may arrive after you have left and will not be forwarded.
For emergencies, give family and friends camp’s Summer Emergency number 650-465-5087. They can also email the camp office firstname.lastname@example.org. In either case, the camp office will let you know what’s going on as quickly as possible.
If you bring a vehicle and are willing to use it on behalf of camp (reimbursed at the federal mileage rate), we will ask for proof of registration, insurance, and driver’s license in advance. A driver’s report will be requested.
“I feel so lucky I got the job as a Climbing Instructor at DCC in 2013. 2016 will be my third summer at Loon Lake, second as Assistant Director and I still have so much to learn. Deer Crossing has been the greatest learning and life-changing experience of my life. I’ve become a better climber, teacher, leader, and person, and I’ve had a chance to gain skills that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I hope to use my experience to make a difference in campers, helping them achieve more, challenge themselves to climb the highest trees and peaks, and help them leave camp stronger and more confident.”
– Fred S., Instructor 2013, Assistant Director 2015–2016