Summer Staff



8 Weeks of Horses, Kids, Nature, Outdoor Leadership AND FUN!

EXPAND YOUR NATURE at Farm & Ranch Camp. Enjoy a summer of living, teaching, and working with kids in the fresh air. Creative, fun-loving, responsible, experienced staff members are needed for our summer camp (residential and day) program that teaches children and teens to live cooperatively and to love the natural world around us.


Farm and Ranch Camp is part of The Center, a private, not-for profit organization located in Chicago’s southwest suburbs on our 78-acre working farm, where campers become immersed in our forests, fields, wetlands, barnyard, and streams. We accommodate 40 campers in each residential session and up to 40 campers in each day camp session. We offer several different camping programs that are geared for different aged children. Farm Campers, grades 4-7, and Outdoor Adventure for Teens (O.A.T.s), grades 8-9, live in cabins in the woods behind the Main Lodge, while Ranch Campers, grades 8-9, live in a rustic log cabin at the farm. Senior Outdoor Leadership (SOL), grades 10-12, campers live in platform tents on our hilltop overlooking the farm. While those programs are all residential in nature, we also have day time only programs for children as young as three years old; Junior Farmers, Farm Explorers and Extreme Farm Explorers. Delicious, wholesome meals, including ingredients grown in our own garden, are shared in the Lodge Dining Hall. We try to live simply, naturally, and creatively as a part of this community. Our programs aim to develop community, responsibility, and respect for people and nature. Activities range from creek walks to farm chores and animal care, campfires and campouts, arts and crafts, teambuilding initiatives, and daily horseback riding.


-Experience working with children and leading groups

-Outdoor experience

-A love of nature and a passion for teaching kids about nature and animals

-High energy during long but rewarding days

-An ability to live and work in a close-knit community and with all kinds of people


-Create a fun, nurturing environment for kids that fosters personal growth

-Residential positions require living on site to provide 24-hour supervision of campers.

-Day Camp positions require a Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm commitment.

-Participate in a 10-day staff training, followed by 8 weeks of camp, a commitment of June 10 to August 15.


Competitive salary:

Day Counselor: Based on experience

Overnight Counselor: $2500

Overnight Program Director: $3300

Room and board

A summer in the woods and at the farm

Time off is scheduled daily

QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum counselor age: 18

Minimum Program Director Age: 21


Male & Female Farm Camp Counselors

Farm Camp Program Director

SOL Counselor & Program Director – canoeing and outdoor living skills necessary

Ranch Camp Counselor & Program Director – horseback riding experience required

Camp Wrangler—horseback riding experience required

Day Camp Counselors

Please submit applications to Amy DiDominicis, Camp Director, at

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