We're hiring for Summer 2024!
If you are looking for a summer that you will remember forever, look no further. Working at Brown Ledge Camp is not your typical summer job. This will be one of the hardest jobs you will ever love! If you’re passionate about learning and teaching, if you value community, and if you’re eager to experience a Vermont summer on the shores of Lake Champlain, then let’s chat!
How many people are on staff?
Brown Ledge employs about 90 staff members, of whom about 60 are activity counselors and 30 are support staff. Staff range from ages 19 to 65+, with an average age of 26. Our staff comes from all across the United States and 20-30% hail from outside the United States.
What makes our staff experience unique?
Trust is a hallmark of our community, so our staff has a large measure of freedom. We want our staff, like our campers, to develop a sense of independence, autonomy, and responsibility within our community. Outside of activity hours, mealtimes, and other scheduled duties, counselors are free to do as they wish. And unlike many other camps, Brown Ledge is structured so that counselors share their cabins and living space with other counselors, and not with campers. We also encourage staff to participate in activities during their time off, so long as campers are still given priority.
We hire our Activity Staff for their teaching knowledge and expertise. Teaching is the most important aspect of your job and staff who find this rewarding often excel at Brown Ledge. Because our campers have the freedom to choose which activity they’d like to attend at any given time, we’ve found that our Counselors get to work with campers who really want to be there. Working with campers who are interested, engaged, and excited to learn makes for an incredibly rewarding and stimulating teaching experience.
Counselors often return to Malletts Bay year after year, feeling just as connected to Brown Ledge as the campers themselves. As role models, mentors, and teachers, they are a vital part of the fabric that makes up the camp community. Read on to hear what a few of them have to say about their experiences at Brown Ledge, and what has kept them coming back for more each season!
“Brown Ledge is a truly absorbing experience. Once you find yourself nestled into the picturesque beauty of Mallets Bay, the timeless charm of the camp allows you to relax and be yourself. You will meet some of the most wonderful people you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet, and create friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Being a counselor has taught me to appreciate the joy and reward in helping others to achieve their potential. It has helped me to become a more understanding and knowledgeable person.”
– Murray Chatham
Tennis, 2012-2014, 2016
“Working at BLC as a counselor was an amazing experience for me. One thing in particular about Brown Ledge is that the traditions, routines, and daily schedule truly create a community — and coming in my very first year I felt like I was able to connect with campers and counselor who had been there 5, 10, 20+ years — just as well as I connected with newbies like myself.”
– Mills (Knight) Howland
Swimming & Events, 2003-2008
“I wouldn’t trade my time at Brown Ledge for anything. It’s a place that is totally accepting: Camp embraces campers for exactly who they are, and the amount of pure joy that those campers radiate speaks to the huge impact BLC has on them. Brown Ledge gives us all a place to develop into our fullest and most beautiful selves. That’s the whole point. As a counselor, I finally put aside external pressures and expectations. Brown Ledge is the place that allowed me to discover a lifelong love of teaching.”