Now Hiring 2018 Camp Guides

Do you have a genuine love and respect for children? Do you believe that small experiences can have a significant impact on a child’s development? Do you believe that given the right structure, children can learn more from each other and themselves than from an adult? Are you able to maintain a positive attitude regardless of daily challenges? Do you have more energy than most people you know? Do you want to change lives? If you answered yes to these questions, keep reading to see if being a Camp Guide at Summer Spark might be the right way for you to spend your summer.

Job Description: Camp Guide at Summer Spark, one of Austin’s highest rated summer day camps.

Summer Spark focuses on helping children develop a growth mindset that will allow them to continually grow and thrive in our rapidly changing world. Through fun, engaging hands-on building challenges, children stretch themselves and practice flexible thinking, collaboration, and perseverance while developing their curiosity, creativity, and confidence.

As a Camp Guide, you get to be a part of this magic. By creating a nurturing environment and asking great questions to stimulate deeper work and help campers process their experiences, you become their champions. In the course of just one week, your careful guidance can have a lasting impact on their futures.

Duties & Responsibilities: To create a safe, nurturing, fun environment for elementary age children to experiment, struggle, play and learn by:

  • Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of EVERY camper
  • Setting up and maintaining an environment and the materials necessary for weekly creative problem solving challenges
  • Inspiring and motivating every camper through positive feedback and thoughtful questions
  • Encouraging children to embrace problem solving and failure by modeling curiosity, flexible thinking, perseverance, empathy, and a positive attitude.

Schedule: June 4th – August 10th, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm OR 10am to 6pm, includes training May 12th & 13th

Location: Downtown Austin (Headwaters – 807 Rio Grande, 78701) OR Southwest Austin (Headwaters – 9607 Brodie Lane, 78748)

Compensation: $15/hour

Application & Interview Process: The application process is designed to help us find great Camp Guides, but also to help you determine if this is the right fit for you. If it is, you will come out of the summer with an intimate understanding of how to guide and coach children instead of teach them, and the ability to plan and execute project-based learning. Being a Camp Guide requires both extreme patience and a high level of energy. It is rewarding, but hard work. The application and interview process involve more time and energy than is typically the case for camp counselors which is indicative of the fact that this is not a typical camp counselor position. While it only lasts ten weeks, the impact you will have on the Campers and the impact the experience will have on you will be lasting. Read through the application and interview process, as well as our website, to help you decide if this is the intense, life-changing experience this summer.

  1. After taking a thorough look at the website, submit your resume and a cover letter addressing the questions below to
    • Why would you like to be a Summer Spark Camp Guide?
    • What do you think you have to offer the program? What do you think the program has to offer you?
    • Where do you think you are most likely to succeed? Where do you think you are most likely to struggle?
    • What do you find most interesting about the program based on what you have read? What do you find most confusing based on what you have read?
    • What do you think the difference is between a Camp Guide and a camp counselor?
    • What experience do you have with children ages 5-12?
    • Describe your personal experience with summer camp.
    • Please provide two professional and one personal reference. If you have graduated from college within the past five years, please also provide your GPA.
    • Are you available to work June 4th – August 10th to work Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm with no days off? Are you available to be in Austin May 12th + 13th for training prior to the start of camp? Are you be willing to commute to either downtown (8th Street & Rio Grande) or southwest (Brodie Lane & Slaughter Lane) Austin?
  2. 30-minute phone interview. NOTE: We will begin scheduling phone interviews on April 2nd. You will not hear back from us until then.
  3. Homework: Read a selection of the Camp Guide Manual (to be provided after initial phone interview) and provide a written response.
  4. 1 hour in-person or Skype interview.
  5. Possible follow-up interview after we have done reference checks.