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Join the Camp Cullen Family

Do you want to join a family of energetic, diverse individuals who are passionate about the outdoors and impacting the lives of others through epic adventures?

The YMCA Camp Cullen staff team delivers experiences that help our participants grow and take steps on the journey to be the best version of themselves. We serve communities of all backgrounds through year-round programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body.

Camp Cullen hires passionate and dedicated role models that challenge, nurture, and inspire our campers with safety as a priority.

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Benefits of working at Camp Cullen

YMCA Camp Cullen is a special place to work. Leadership lessons, crisis management, leisure and recreation, hospitality management, child care experience, teaching skills, networking with people from around the country and the world, progression opportunities internally and externally, industry leading salaries and more are amongst the valuable developmental outcomes our staff enjoy. On top of all these benefits, the job is, simply put, fun! Working outdoors, among friends and colleagues, in a series of engaging and adventurous activities, impacting children and families along the way, a job at YMCA Camp Cullen undoubtedly offers rewards for the soul.

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Working at Camp Cullen

YMCA Camp Cullen hires staff for various roles, part time, full time, seasonal and year round. Positions are available in food service, equestrianism, education, adventure activities, hospitality, clerical and facility maintenance. All positions allow you to become part of an impactful staff team, making a difference in the lives of all who pass through our front gates.

Through roles in relationships management, facility management, program directors, kitchen management, and clerical work, our full-time staff team creates an experience for our guests that will never be forgotten.

Part-time roles are available throughout the YMCA Camp Cullen operation. Primarily in our front office, kitchen, and program delivery team. Camp is seeking people with a broad array of talents to offer magical guest experiences.

Selected for character, spirit, and desire to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve, our summer staff team comes from all over the world. They come with an array of talents and skills, to deliver life-changing experiences to the campers, and along the way, make memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

A small team of staff have the opportunity to live and work on site. These opportunities come with camp housing included and are ideal positions for people looking to build experience, certifications and plan for a future in the camping industry.

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Specialty Positions

Camp activity offerings cover a broad spectrum. The staff we hire often come with some of the talents required to facilitate these activities, but many can also be taught. These skill sets include high ropes and adventure, target sports, paddle sports, boat driving, fishing, sailing, lifeguarding, crafts, pottery, geology, environmental science, group game planning and more.

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Make the Commitment

Different positions and roles within the camp staff team require different commitments from those applying to join us. Part time and specialty positions can be Monday through Friday, or weekend heavy. Our seasonal positions for the summer staff team are the most commitment intensive. Our summer counselor team lives and works at camp for the season, providing youth with supervision and life-changing experiences for the duration in which the campers join us. This immersive experience is both one of the most challenging and most rewarding experiences a staff member can have with us.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise is to challenge you to be the best role model you can be, to help you grow and develop yourself, while always acting in the service of others. Will you join us? There is no doubt making the decision to become a resident camp counselor will be one of the best ever made. The friendships forged and lessons learned will be cherished throughout your lifetime.

Camp can be both a destination and a launch pad to the next opportunity

As one of the finest camps in the country, our staff often choose to take leadership roles in other camps around the industry. Many will advance themselves within our own leadership development pipeline, while others will use the fundamental skills learned at camp to pursue careers in hospitality or education. Whether these goals are shared or not, the soft skills learned at camp continue to serve our alumni well into their future endeavors – teamwork, resilience, confidence, decision making, leadership, organization, creative problem solving and more.

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Please contact the Executive Director, Luke Dooley at For more details of upcoming employment opportunities at YMCA Camp Cullen, visit our current openings here. Would you like to come to camp to check it out before applying? No problem! Let us know and we can arrange a tour.

Camp Facilities

YMCA Camp Cullen is a best-in-class camping facility dedicated to serving youth, families, and other organizations. Over 500 acres of woodland along the shores of Lake Livingston offers wonders at every turn.

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Mission & History

The mission of the YMCA: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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Meet the Staff

The passionate Camp Cullen staff is committed to providing children with a safe, impactful camping experience and giving parents peace of mind that their child is in safe hands.

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