Work at Camp Michigania Walloon

Working at Camp Michigania in northern Michigan could very well be one of the most memorable jobs of your life. You’ll meet and network with amazing U-M alumni, get to know children and adults who will change your life, and make friends you’ll keep for a lifetime.

Each summer, around 75 passionate people are hired to help ensure Camp Michigania Walloon remains the special place it has been for over 50 years. Both current students and alumni can be a part of the Camp Michigania staff.

Staff members are hired to work in a specific program area and share responsibilities for the effective functioning of the Camp as a whole. You can expect to work six days per week, and even though working at a family camp offers more off-work hours than a kids’ camp might, you are still expected to be a role model 24 hours per day.

Below you will find link to the staff application, links to info on each individual program area, and general info and job requirements for working at Michigania.

Basic Requirements for Employment

  • All hired staff members must be at least 19 years of age or have completed their first year of college when summer starts.
  • All first year staff members must be able to stay for the entire contract period listed below to be considered in the first round of hiring.
  • All hired staff must be CPR/AED and first-aid certified prior to the start of the contract (specific areas may have other specialty certifications required).
  • All hired staff must commit to training requirements prior to the summer, during the winter and spring semesters.
  • Previous experience working at a children’s camp is suggested, but not required.

Important Dates for the 2017 Season

  • November 1, 2016: Employment application goes live
  • December 2016/January 2017: Group interviews for new candidates begin
  • January 31, 2017: First round hiring closes
  • February, 2017: First round interviews take place
  • March 1, 2017: First round job offers go out via email
  • May 31 – June 6, 2017: All staff report to Camp Michigania for training
  • June 17 – September 2, 2017: Camp Michigania Camping Season

Plan on moving in a day prior to your start date. Work will begin at 8 a.m. on your start date and will end at the end of the work day on September 3. Due to the importance of staff training, and to the fact that we expect that all weeks of camp will be filled, strong preference will be given to those applicants who are able to work the complete length of the contract. If you have any conflicts with the dates listed, it is your responsibility to bring these forward before or during your interview.

  • Gaining exposure and interacting with the network of alumni who visit Michigania is very beneficial in terms of making connections.Soojin Kwon, Ross School of Business

  • The training and skills a student counselor learns at Michigania are perfect for entering into the career search process.Al Catrone, Chief Administrative and Diversity Officer, Ross School of Business