Staff FAQs

Timber Ridge Camp lies along the banks of the fabled Cacapon River in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia. Our summers consist of several different sessions, all of varying lengths.  Some campers attend for two weeks, four weeks or all eight weeks.  All sessions are coed and feature extensive athletic, performing arts, horseback riding and creative arts programs, as well as waterfront, circus and outdoor adventure programs.

Our philosophy involves allowing children to interact with each other in a safe, positive environment while learning new skills in different activities. We want children to learn to respect each other and their belongings and to learn the skills they need to be away from home for an extended period of time.

We consider our staff members to be central to the success of this philosophy. They are the summer mothers and the summer fathers in the cabins. Their attitudes and motivations determine what kind of summer experiences our campers will have. Our counselors are role models for our campers. Accordingly, because of the nature of this relationship, we do not allow drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes in camp at any time.  We feel that there is no place for these activities within the wholesome atmosphere of camp.

Where do Timber Ridge Camp’s campers and counselors come from?
Our campers and counselors are from all over the world. We have an international flavor and select staff from coast-to-coast and throughout Europe as well. We feel it is important to offer this diversity and find that these summer relationships often turn into long-standing, international friendships with lifelong memories.

Will I be an activity specialist or a cabin counselor?
Counselors have dual roles — instructing an activity and living in a cabin. Our specialty area leaders come to us with a great deal of expertise. The waterfront, tennis, athletic and riding programs are all headed by experts in their respective fields. Soccer is taught by British coaches, drama is taught by outstanding actors and actresses from various backgrounds, tripping outings are led by accomplished backpackers, hikers and canoeists. While our specialists provide the necessary foundation in which we build campers’ skills, we also employ general counselors whose positions we value equally. They are especially essential to our younger groups, where the general counselor is the backbone of the unit.

What activity will I teach?
You will teach one of the over 45 activities we offer at camp!  These include:

Horseback Riding
Track and Field
Weight Lifting
ARC Swimming
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing
Project Adventure
Rock Climbing and Rappelling
White Water Rafting
Animal Husbandry
Aerobic Dancing
Indian Lore
Model Rocketry
Tap Dancing
Stage Craft
Set Design
In-line skating

Do the counselors live with the campers?
Except for a select number of specialists, all counselors live in cabins with our campers. At Timber Ridge Camp, the camper-to-counselor ratio is 3:1.

How about salary and time off?
We offer plenty of time for each staff member to recharge their batteries. At Timber Ridge Camp, we believe it is necessary for an effective counselor to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings or simply enjoy the outstanding facilities right on camp grounds. This is why we place a high emphasis on free time and offer multiple days and nights off to our staff members.  We also offer well-organized staff recreation programs.

Salary guidelines are commensurate with age, activity area, experience and prior involvement with children. Our salaries are among the most competitive in the field. In addition to your salary, we provide room & board in addition to supplying laundry service and a handsome travel allowance may be included, if applicable.

Can I earn college credit?
Definitely! Many of our staff receive credit for working at camp when it coincides with college programs. Our directors will be more than happy to assist you with this, but it is advisable to contact your guidance department or Dean’s office for more information.

What do I do now?
Now that we have briefly introduced you to Timber Ridge, we invite you to submit an application for employment with us. After we have received your application, we will contact you for a personal interview. At that time we can discuss salary and answer any questions you may have.
We at Timber Ridge Camp combine many years of summer camping experience with a love for campers, counselors, adventure and the outdoors. Our facilities are modern, well kept, and bear the very best equipment. For this, we are proud to say that nearly 50% of our staff returns year after year. There is no better place to learn, grow, cultivate friendships and to look back on the summer with a fondness for our campers and our camp. Come see for yourself!  We provide the most comprehensive and exciting camping programs available … anywhere!

We are sure your experience with us will be filled with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.