2024 Employment Dates & FAQs
We are now hiring for summer 2024!
For more information on how we are keeping campers, staff, and camp families safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, click here.
Staff Training Tues. June 4 – Sat. June 15
Camp Sun. June 16 – Sat. August 10
Optional Opening Fri. May 24 – Mon. June 3
Optional Closing Sun. August 11 – Sat. August 17
Base pay for Instructors is $5,300 for 9+ weeks of training and camp. All Staff are expected at Training with only rare exceptions. Pay increases $300 if you are a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness EMT; $300 if you are a certified Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Instructor or American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor; and an experience bonus of $250 per prior year as a staff member, (starting your second year on staff). Relevant certifications in core camp activities may earn an additional $100 each.
Additional pay is earned if you can help open camp ($1,250, 10 work days) or close camp (6 work days, $750).
Staff receive one full day (24 consecutive hours) off each week, plus the occasional activity period and evening off. Staff are paid at the end of each camp session. International staff are paid at the end of the summer; if needed, earlier payments can be arranged. Lodging (platform tents), meals, and uniform shirts are provided to all staff. Packing list is minimal.
Submit an Application
If you think Deer Crossing is a good fit for your skills and interests, complete the online application.
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 805-637-4776. 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