A/U Ranches Summer Staff, Counselors or Counselors-In-Training (CITs), have an excellent opportunity to learn and/or grow skills while gaining valuable leadership experience living, working with and supporting campers in their programs, in a loving Christian Science atmosphere.
At summer Youth Camp, activities include mountaineering, mountain biking, water activities, horsemanship, creative arts and sports. Sky Valley Ranch for 3rd – 8th grade children is great for people who love to work with the little guys and gals. But, if you prefer bonding with high school aged children, Round-Up Ranch would be a perfect match. We also have options in the kitchen and facility work around property. Most positions include living in a bunkhouse with campers, to nurture the growth of our young Christian Scientists! Working as a Camp Counselor can be a life changing experience for you and those you support.
Just had to share part of my son Christopher’s admission letter from the University of Rochester, “Each Rochester student makes a critical, personal contribution to campus life from day one. The counselors recommended that you be admitted in part because of your experiences at Adventure Unlimited.”
Gain a deeper sense of self-worth while serving others as a CIT
The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at the A/U Ranches offers 16 & 17 year olds an opportunity to learn and grow as servant leaders. CITs have the opportunity to learn skills in a chosen activity area while gaining valuable work experience that will set them apart from their peers.
CITs receive program specific training, are mentored by experienced staff members, and have an opportunity to actively participate in guiding activities. As part of the counselor team, CITs live in the bunkhouses with campers, supporting their cabin by engaging with campers during lesson study, praying with campers, assisting with cabin chores, and acting as role models for campers. They engage in discussions about Christian Science, ask questions that promote spiritual reflection, and have the opportunity to push both themselves and their campers to grow more spiritually.
CITs play a pivotal role in creating a sense of home for the entire camp community as they are responsible for the upkeep of the lodges. Before each meal, CITs are responsible for setting tables and making sure everything is at the ready to create a comfortable eating environment. At the end of each meal they excuse themselves from their tables to begin cleaning dishes and tidying up the lodge so it remains a safe, clean, and comfortable venue for the camp community. This lodge work builds relationships, encourages teamwork, and fosters leadership skills as they learn to navigate timelines and varied responsibilities. Embracing these responsibilities provides skills that will set them apart from others as they enter the work force.
Choosing to spend a summer engaged in service to others in an atmosphere of camaraderie and love creates memories that truly last a lifetime!
Mountaineering Reunion Staff
Do you want to come to the reunion and be part of the staff team – in exchange for a tuition reduction? We want you, too! Find out what’s involved.
Photographer & Videographer Internships
Being a summer photographer or videographer at the A/U Ranches exposes you to all of the amazing program experiences. You might be at the ropes course one day, capturing rafters the next day and shooting images/footage of a gymkhana event on the next. You are an essential part of sharing the story of the experiences taking place at camp for parents and those who aren’t at the A/U Ranches. Being a summer staff photographer – or videographer – can help you hone your skills, share your talents with others and make for an unforgettable summer.
Special Needs Job Coach Internship
The Special Needs Job Coach Intern is an individual who will be employed to help people with disabilities learn, accommodate and perform their work duties. In addition to working on skills related to performing specific job tasks, a job coach also helps with interpersonal skills necessary in the workplace. They may also live in a cabin with the campers and other counselors or in a cabin with their trainees.
Natural Resource Tech Internship
The Natural Resource Tech is responsible for forestry inventory and work; pasture management and fence building; as well as trail construction work. Work closely with the Ranch Foreman to understand the silviculture and pasture management practices of the A/U Ranches, as well as with the trail crew, ranch directors, and co-counselors in cabins.
How to Apply
Complete the online application.
Adult & Family Program Staff
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Youth Program Highlights
*Note* Registration isn’t open quite yet, but will be very soon! Thank you for your patience while we’re setting up the enrollment process, and check back soon.
Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 20-24
Session 4: July 27-31
Session 5: August 3-7
Youth Day Camp Core Cost = $300/child/week
If your middle or high school aged child would like to participate in a specialty program for the week instead of the core camp activities, the additional cost is:
- +$50/week for rafting
- +$80/week for horse program
- +$25/week for mountain
- +$75/week for mountain biking if renting our bike; +$25 if you bring your own bike
Christian Science campers can still apply for financial aid through our partner, The Campership Fund. (If you had already applied for a campership for overnight Youth Camp, those funds will automatically be applied to Youth Adventure Day Camp when you sign up.)