Summer Staff

Summer Staff Positions Available

We are now accepting applications for summer staff 2020

Summer Camp Employment... more than just a job!

Will you inspire young people to make a difference in this world through the positive communication, collaboration, and teamwork skills they can learn at camp?

The Catholic Youth Organization is an agency that directs several Catholic camps in the “thumb” area of Eastern Michigan. We serve boys and girls ages 6-17 in a nurturing outdoor environment along the “fresh coast” picturesque shores of Lake Huron.

We have jobs at camp for male and female camp counselors, activity specialists, camp health officers, and team leaders. If you’re interested in joining the ranks of our exceptional camp staff, then read on to see if CYO Camps and Retreat Center is right for you!

If seeing is believing, then living is experiencing. Spending the weeks at camp with the children is incredible and the reward is beyond measure. The campers truly escape into themselves and is something they will never forget; this is the summer that they will crave to go back to for years to come.

Why Work at Camps Connect?

Young adults, like yourselves, can make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people and make the world a better place because of your influence. You’ll have the opportunity to work along-side supportive mentors that will help you build workplace skills to succeed at camp and in your future career. You’ll experience a collaborative work culture that encourages and values your input. You’ll invest your time and talents in our non-profit camp organizations that have been making a real difference in the lives of youth and families for over 90 years!

How to Apply

Applicants need to be at least 17 years of age by the opening of camper sessions for activity specialist positions, and 18 years old for all other positions.

  1. Read through our website to learn more about our culture, our programs, and our facilities.
  2. Review our available positions.
  3. Review the important dates and questions that new counselors ask.
  4. If your qualifications match our openings, apply now!

Important Dates for Summer 2020

Orientation sessions:
General staff orientation (staff training) begins on Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, June 27.

Specialist training (high ropes, lifeguard, etc.) begins on Sunday, June 29 through Wednesday,
July 1. If you are interested in taking either of these certifications please let us know on your
application or during your interview.

Camp Ozanam Commitment: six weeks
In addition to orientation, Ozanam Staffers are required to return after orientation on Sunday,
July 5 and be available through Saturday, August 8.

CYO Camp Commitment: six weeks*
In addition to orientation, CYO Staffers are required to return after orientation on Sunday, July
5 and be available through Saturday, August 8.

*Note that a handful of CYO Camp Staff will be asked to work the entire summer season
beginning on Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, August 8, 2020 in addition to Orientation.

What's It Like to Work at CYO Camps Connect?

If you have a question that isn’t answered below, give us a call at 313-963-7172 and we’ll be happy to talk to you!

Our one-week staff training (orientation) is a very comprehensive program covering all important topics and activity areas of Camps Connect Camps including camp traditions and philosophy, cabin life, activity lesson plans, and how to maintain the safety and well-being of campers in our care.

Lifeguards are required to have Lifeguarding and W.S.I. Certification. The position of Health Officer requires Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or First Aid Responding to Emergencies along with CPR for the Professional Rescuer. All staff members will complete the Protecting God’s Children certification through the Archdiocese of Detroit as well. In addition, staff will be invited to take high ropes training, lifeguard training, and archery training. All of these certifications will be provided at camp for staff to complete before camp begins, at no cost to the staff members. 

All staff are expected to wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for activity and occasion at camp. Most days the temperature ranges from cool in the morning to hot by the afternoon. Layers are a must! A formal camp t-shirt is to be worn for camper arrival days.

Camps Connect provides regular periods of time off during which staff members are free of assigned duties and may leave camp grounds. Staff members receive a break of about 3 hours every day.

Most staff will live in the cabins with campers and the age group that best suits every counselor will be determined during staff training week. Assignments can change every week for counselors.  There’s a good possibility that you’ll move from cabin to cabin throughout the summer.

You get paid twice. Once half way through the Summer, and once at the end. You also get paid for staff orientation week.

Yes, you may stay at camp on your days off. If you wish visit the local areas, there is much to do in the local “Thumb Area”! Lexington and Port Sanilac are the closest towns. There are shops, beaches, trails, hiking, bowling, night life, music festivals, a farmers market and more! Check out our “Things to do near Camps Connect” on Pinterest. 

Most activity instruction (archery, arts & crafts, drama, sports, etc.) is done by the activity specialists, but depending on the number of staff, this responsibility can be enjoyed by the counselors as well.  In general, cabins have 3 activity periods (1 hour each) every day in addition to swim time, evening program, and special events. 

We celebrate campers birthdays if they fall while they’re at camp, make awards for each and every camper to take home with them, and generally provide a welcoming, loving, and fun experience for all campers.

That everyone is here to help. If you have a question, ask. If you need a break, ask. And always take your scheduled breaks. It’s important to take care of yourself at camp!

While being a counselor is one of the hardest, most exhausting jobs, it can be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. It is not uncommon for staff to feel everything from relief to sadness when it is time to say goodbye at the end of the summer season. The experience of being a camp counselor often becomes a powerful source of strength and a knowledge base from which you can draw on your entire life. Friends for LIFE are made on Camps Connect’s staff!


Directions To Our Camp

Mailing Address

12 State Street, 2nd Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48226