Returning Staff

Welcome back! 

We’re hoping you’re on this page because you’re interested in another summer of whittled butter knives, creek stomping, fort building, and playing games in the forest. We also hope you’re interested in another summer of mentoring children and teens, building your skills in group management, and deepening your pool of empathy and kindness. Not a returning staff member? Or interested in a position longer than the summer? Click here to see our openings for new staff.


If you’re interested in working this summer please complete the application steps listed below.

Make $250 in three easy steps.

It helps our planning in a major way to know about returning staff as early as possible. In that spirit, we’re excited to announce our Returning Staff Early Signing Bonus!

  1. Have you worked a full season (fall, spring, or summer) as a paid adult Counselor or Lead?
  2. If so, submit your complete application on or before January 31, 2022 (see below)
  3. If you’re hired, we’ll add $250 to your first paycheck of the summer


Returning staff are extremely valuable to us. They know where Turtle Camp, Mist, and Big Creek are; how to play and lead games like Beckon, Werewolf, and Six Feathers; and what Growth Rings are. They also know about the philosophies that drive us at Schoolhouse, how we want to respond to kids having a hard time, and how to connect with a diverse range of campers.

To reflect the value of returning staff, we’re pleased to offer:

    • Eligibility for the Early Applicant Signing Bonus
    • Wages increased to $13/hour for Counselors and $15/hour for Leads
    • Input into staff training and summer program planning
    • 1-3 new T-shirts to add to your collection


To Apply

First: Please complete the Summer Applicant Info Sheet.

Second: Email us an Update Letter to Schoolhouse of Wonder at Please include the position and location you’re applying for, what your expectations are for summer 2022, your interest in working at Schoolhouse of Wonder again, and what you’ve been up to since we last saw you!

Reminder: We require current pediatric and adult CPR and First Aid certification by the first day of work. We accept certifications from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).


Schoolhouse will pursue both indicated and non-indicated references.

Qualified women, minorities, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish speakers) are encouraged to apply. Schoolhouse of Wonder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.