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.


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 Returner Signing Bonus
    • Wages increased to $14 an hour for Counselors and $16 an hour for Leads/Floats
    • Input into staff training and summer program planning
    • 1-3 new T-shirts to add to your collection


Early Returner Signing Bonus


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

  • Have you worked a full season (fall, spring, or summer) as a paid adult Counselor or Lead?
  • If so, submit your complete application on or before January 31, 2023 (see below)
  • If you’re hired, we’ll add your returner bonus to your first paycheck of the summer. 
    • If this is your second year as an adult on staff, enjoy a $150 bonus!
    • If this is your third year on staff, enjoy a $250 bonus!
    • If this is your fourth year on staff, enjoy a $350 bonus!
    • You can see where this is going:)

And if you complete the weeks on your offer letter, you’ll get another $100 bonus!



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

Follow the link below and complete your application:

In your application, instead of uploading a resume, please share an “Update Letter” that includes the position(s) and location(s) you’re most interested in, what you’re hoping for from summer 2023, 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). We’re currently continuing to require all staff to be up-to-date on COVID vaccinations.


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.