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How to join the camp staff team:

Are you are ready for the best summer job ever? Come join the team at north Pinellas county's premier summer camp. Camp CUBBER is the largest single-site summer day camp in the area for a reason.  This absolutely the best way to enjoy your summer and get paid for it!  We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2024 on Friday, March 1.  Please note that most positions are Monday through Friday.  Camp CUBBER boasts an exciting, fun work environment and each week is filled with amazing field trips and onsite activities.  Staffing is based on a low teacher / student ratio (average 1:18 onsite, 1:9 offsite) and groups have their own individual classrooms!

If all of this sounds like a great way to spend your summer, you can apply to be a part of the Camp CUBBER team.  For nearly all positions, applicants must be over 18 and have at least a high school diploma or equivalent (select positions available to younger applicants will be marked as such). All applicants should also love working with kids and live a lifestyle that exemplifies positive Christian values.


Applications turned in from March 1 - May 1 will have priority consideration.  Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on an “as needed” basis for potential additional help needed.  Download the application below.  The application has multiple pages.  Applications received without all pages will not be reviewed for consideration.

All staff hired will be required to attend both a new staff orientation training and an all staff training,  In addition, all staff will undergo fingerprinting, a full background check, and a reference check before officially hired.

Camp Position Descriptions:

Group Leader: 

Group leaders, sometimes referred to as camp counselors, are responsible for immediate supervision, interaction, discipline, and mentoring of campers in their group.  Group leaders provide the campers “connection” to camp and are a big reason why campers choose to come back year after year.


Available group leaders shifts are:

AM*:  7:00 AM - 12:30 PM (with additional hours on weekly field trip day)

*Please note, positions for this shift are extremely limited and often are filled by returning staff only

PM:  12:15 PM - 6:000 PM (with additional hours on weekly field trip day)

Some of the expectations of group leaders include:

  1. Group supervision of campers with attention to all of the following: program, health, happiness, discipline, cleanliness, safety, routine duties, character and skill development.

  2. Be concerned for the social adjustment of EACH camper.

  3. Help campers plan, carry out and evaluate projects and activities.

  4. Promote camper participation in ALL activities.

  5. Assist campers with housekeeping chores.

  6. Take turns with other counselors for various responsibilities.

  7. Teach or assist with camp programs and encourage camper participation.

  8. Exhibit personal habits, health, dress, speech, table etiquette and relationships with other staff that serve as a beneficial model to campers.

  9. Set a good example in ALL you do at camp.   Camp is a fun learning experience.

  10. Help develop, carry out and evaluate a camp program that reflects the goals of Camp CUBBER and Palm Harbor United Methodist Church.



Floaters help make a camp of our size work!  They are often the glue that holds us together and are perfect for folks that like change, can be flexible, and enjoy having lots of different experiences over the course of the summer.  Floaters cover for other staff that are either scheduled off or end up being out due to illness or other reasons.  That could include covering group leader positions (details listed above) or classroom teacher positions (details listed below).  Please note, this is not an "on call" sub position where you may or may not work.  This position is regularly staffed with guaranteed hours.  Even if all staff are present, floaters STILL WORK.  Shifts for floaters could include:

  • 07:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

  • 12:15 PM - 06:00 PM

  • 07:30 AM - 05:30 PM (3 days or 4 days)

Shift will be scheduled in advance, but applicants for this position must be available for all of the above listed shifts any given week.


Classroom Teacher:

Classroom teachers are responsible for creating and carrying out lesson plans in a specific curriculum area in a fun, camp-friendly way.  Classes offered @ Camp CUBBER are intended to be educational while still feeling fun and not “school-like”.  Classroom teachers will see multiple groups of the same age / grade level throughout the day each day, doing the same project / lesson with each group.  Classroom teachers work approximately 30 hours per week.  Schedules are usually around the 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM time frame.

Classes include:



Basic art for campers to include various forms of painting, drawing, coloring, sculpting, craft making, and more.

Creative Writing & Reading

For our younger campers this is helping them develop basic writing and reading skills, often through group reading, teacher lead reading, basic writing / handwriting activities.  For our older campers, this is helping them cultivate those skills, and the joy of using them, through fun writing activities, individual reading time, group reading activities, and more.

Music & Drama

For our youngest camper this is a basic / introductory music class designed to give campers a foundational music experience with listening to and exploring recorded music, singing, playing percussion, and more mixed with fun music themed games and activities.  For our mid to late elementary and middle school students this class can also include creating, preparing, and performing skits; brainstorming, story boarding, filming, and editing student videos; and so much more!

Sports and Rec. / Active Play

Every camper needs the opportunity to get out and PLAY.  Sports and Rec. provides that while simultaneously working on campers ability to work / play as a team and develop good sportsmanship.  Sports and Rec. is similar to what campers would experience during the school year in physical ed.

Science Discovery

A class designed to help students think creatively, STEM combines science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This class is intended to be almost completely “hands-on” projects that are student driven and help students work collaboratively and problem solve.



Car Circle Staff / Runner*  (12.5 hours per week)

*Positions are extremely limited and often are filled by former camp volunteers only

Help parents sign in daily each morning, take camper temperatures, give parents any important information, and escort groups of campers to their classrooms.  Shift is typically from 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM..  This position is open to applicants under 18.

Creative Team (Hours vary, but typically include work from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM plus additional prep hours as needed).

Creative Team positions include:

- Host / MC / Games

- Tech (A/V) Team

- Musicians

Creative Team positions are open to applicants under 18.

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