During the summer, Northern Minnesota enjoys moderate temperatures averaging in the upper 70s to mid 80s (Fahrenheit). Occasional rain showers ensure lush green forests and vast green fields, while the regular, sun-filled sky provides the perfect warmth for a dip in Lake Hubert. Even in the early summer for May and June work camp we see plenty of bright sunny days for all of our activities. It can get chilly at night, so make sure to bring a sweatshirt and rain jacket! July and August warm up quickly, and ensure solid “Chaco tan” lines!
Typically, counselors and staff are enrolled in or have completed at least one year of college or university. Many staff have experience working with youth or know they want to pursue a career in youth development. Others will come to work at camp for their own personal and professional growth opportunities. Some former campers or staff will return to work with us summer after summer. Make sure and talk to our team about opportunities to pursue internship credits while working with us, too!
Every year, Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert hire staff members from all corners of the United States and the World! Over the past few years, counselors and support staff have represented about 40 of the 50 U.S. states, and other countries from all over the World, such as: the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and many others.
At Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert, the campers’ experience and well-being is our top priority. When we design the time off teams each session, activity skillset, certification and training, previous experience and a variety of other factors come into consideration. The goal is to provide the most even mix of staff based on what is best for the cabin, division, and whole-camp dynamic. So we cannot guarantee that you will be on the same time off as your best friends at camp, yet, a high-five passing by is always awesome! It is important to us that our staff is well rested and energized in order to provide the best service and experience to our campers.
We live in rustic, log-style cabins, built in the early 1930s, with modern renovations over the years. Most of our cabins are alike with three bedrooms (called chalets), a large center room. The bedrooms sleep five to eight campers with cubby areas for clothes, and a traditional “green shelf” by each bed that holds each camper’s belongings. Four to six staff live in each cabin and provide the care and attention necessary for each cabin group. The large center room is like a living room for the cabin. Each cabin has a traditional wood burning fireplace, for cabin meetings and fun cabin events to take place. Bathrooms are located inside the cabin with toilets and sinks. Showers with hot water and more additional bathrooms are located close by. Typically, our support staff do not live with campers, and have other accommodations on-site.
Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert want to put together the best staff team to make every summer great. We are selective when hiring staff. In any given year, we receive about 700 staff applications between the two camps and hire about 225 of those prospective staff, including our returners.
All staff members are First Aid/CPR and AED certified. Depending on your position you may get certified as a Red Cross Lifeguard or in Wilderness First Aid. All of our team are required to attend our initial 10-day training called Orientation and Staff Development (OSD). During this training all staff will learn the ins and outs of life at camp, and are prepared to proactively and reactively respond to any situation that might occur at camp. After successfully completing OSD, staff will be prepared to lead their campers with confidence. Activity Directors and Specialists will go through additional training to help prepare them to lead with excellence.
Most of our staff members do not come from Minnesota, so on designated Staff Arrival days you can expect many staff to fly into the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport or drive straight to camp. Our Staff Coordinator will work with you to ensure that everyone gets a ride to camp, either from another staff member, or the Camp Van.
If you are accepted to work at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert, and you live in another country, we will work with an international agency to sponsor you for your J1 work Visa.
Staff are paid every two weeks by direct deposit into a US bank account. If you are from a different country, camp will work with you to set up a US bank account and get a debit card.
For staff members within the US, your salary is individually calculated according to a number of factors: certifications present before arriving to camp, your arrival and departure date, any outstanding qualifications or previous camp experience, your role, and a travel stipend. For those of you who are coming from outside of the country, your pocket money/pay will depend upon the agreements you have set with your sponsor agency. In addition to pay, all staff are provided room and board.
Yes you can! Please inform the Staff Coordinator during your interview and ensure that all necessary paperwork is sorted before, or during, employment. We are delighted to help you with plans or ideas for internship deliverables.
The campers at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert range in age from 6 years old to 17 years old.
Campers can choose from 2 and 4-week sessions.
Our food is great! We value variety, with a wide array of delicious and nutritious food throughout each day. At breakfast, we offer a variety of cereal, a breakfast bar with oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and we also always provide an entrée and side, such as: pancakes and sausage, eggs and bacon, breakfast burritos and hash browns, etc.
Our lunches and dinners consist of a freshly cooked protein, vegetable sides, and, sometimes, a bread roll or some sort of potato dish. In addition, a large salad, fruit, and sandwich bar, at lunch and dinner. Fresh fruit is always available between meals, and snacks are given in the afternoon and evening.
Though most of our meals are eaten family-style in cabin groups, we do have regular special meals, field meals, cookouts, and our world famous “International Food Night”.
Yes, Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert are both able to accommodate a wide variety of special dietary needs. Just make sure to discuss with our Staff Coordinator and note on camp forms prior to your arrival at camp.
Our Health Centers at each camp are staffed with Doctors, Registered Nurses, health care providers, and those with emergency medical training. The health care team make sure to tend to the medical needs of all campers and staff while camp is in session. This includes everything from caring for a sick camper or staff member in the Health Center, delivering medication to campers and staff at meals and other applicable times. If you get sick while at camp or need a prescription filled, our nursing staff and our Camp Doctor will be able to help you with that.
In case of emergencies, we are a 20 minute drive from an emergency medical center.
We ask that our staff keep their tattoos covered and for them to remove body piercings while at camp, or at a camp sponsored event. Females are allowed to keep basic stud earrings in their earlobes. This can be tough without prior planning and some thought as to which coverage options will work best for your specific needs and responsibilities at camp. Please get in touch with our Staff Coordinator to discuss options.
All facial hair (beards, goatees and mustaches) must create an overall neat and professional look. Staff members without a mustache, beard, or goatee are expected to be clean-shaven every day. If you are concerned about your facial hair you can discuss with the Staff Coordinator or Camp Director.
You do not need to bring your car, although staff members find having a car to be especially beneficial on days off. Camp does provide a limited shuttle service into town for staff members on their days off.
We have laundry machines on site to use. Staff can also choose to go into town to one of the local laundromats to do their laundry during their time off. Staff can also send their laundry away with the campers, for a charge.
Campers choose their activities for four periods per day, three days at a time. Each of those activity periods is one hour long, with the focus being skill and character development. Staff members are assigned to work at activities based on their skills, abilities, and the demand for staff in that area. For more information on the specific activities we offer, please select your respective camp: Camp Lincoln or Camp Lake Hubert.
We know it is important to receive the time you need to relax. During a four week session, staff will have to two Early Evenings (EEs) and two Days Off (DO). EE’s run from around 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. that night. Days off start around 5:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. the NEXT night. Staff who are not assigned on duty in the cabin can spend rest hour, or from 10:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m., or in staff lounge.
Typically, staff spend their time off doing laundry, going out to eat at local restaurants, or going to the movies. Occasionally, staff go down to Minneapolis to catch a Minnesota Twin’s game, visit Valleyfair Amusement Park, or go to the Mall of America (the second largest mall in the US). The Minnesota Northwoods are a beautiful recreation area, and many staff choose to explore, camp, hike, and adventure the surrounding area. Duluth and Lake Superior are approximately 2 hours East of the camps, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is around 3.5 hours away. Camp provides a shuttle service to the local town for staff members on their time off.
We do our best to accommodate important family plans, as we know how important family can be. During your interview, please mention your family plans and ask if it will be possible to move some of your time off around in order to attend. Alterations to the time-off schedule can only be made at the discretion of the Camp Director and the Staff Coordinator. We do our best, but please do not assume that we will be able to alter your time-off schedule to accommodate plans, given the nature of the residential summer camp environment, and camper coverage needs.
We are an “unplugged” camp, and our aim is to provide a summer experience away from screens for our campers. The goal is to increase social and interpersonal connections between people. Staff are allowed to bring their electronics to camp, but there are guidelines we ask are followed when using and storing electronics. Staff should keep their electronics safe and away from campers at all times. Campers should never have access/should never see staff members’ cell phones, computers, tablets, or eReaders. Each Camp has designated areas where cell phones can be used.
Everyday we all are constantly surrounded by technology. Having time in the woods of Minnesota without the distractions of cell phones, tv, video games, etc makes someone really learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and life.
Let me set the scene for you...Nineteen year old me, just finished my freshman year of college, and had no idea how to productively spend my summer. One of my best school friends mentioned that he was planning on working at a summer camp in northern Minnesota, and I thought 'why not?...,What I didn't realize at the time was that camp would not only define my summer, but would define my life.
Deciding to work at CLH was easily the best decision I've ever made! Camp welcomes its staff with open arms. It was such a safe environment to learn, make mistakes, and share successes. I've never experienced a place that has strengthened my character and challenged my limits while also giving me lifelong memories and friendships.