Work for Camp Blue Spruce

Mom, this was the most MAGICAL week of my entire life!

Paprika, Counselor 2019

Be a part of the Camp Blue Spruce team!!  If you have food allergies or would like to make a difference in the lives of children with food allergies, apply today as an Employee or Volunteer for Blue Spruce on the Loose and (hopefully) overnight camp! Counselors, Program and Kitchen staff make camp a reality for our campers — both in person and virtually. Lead a variety of daily activities for boys and girls, ages 9-17. Teach arts & crafts, play games, cook delicious food, and mentor happy campers!

General Requirements for All Positions

  • Desire to work with children
  • Be a team player and participate in all camp activities
  • Attend and participate in camp staff training
  • For in-person camp, have current certification in CPR, First Aid, AED
  • Reliability and dependability

Positions for Overnight Camp and Blue Spruce on the Loose (Virtual)

Counselor (10 positions)

Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. The Counselor is responsible for carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Counselors must be 18 or older.

Counselor Teen Unit (5 positions)

Lead teen group in team building and initiatives. Facilitate discussions and challenge courses. Direct, supervise, and organize teen campers and their activities. Teen unit counselors must be 21 or older.

Unit Assistants (3 – 4 positions)

Assist cabin counselors and program staff with campers, activities, and general camp tasks. CIT training and experience preferred.

Positions for Overnight Camp

Program Staff (3 positions)

Arts & Crafts and Nature Programs. Develop and implement curriculum to provide campers with a creative, fun, and rewarding Arts & Crafts or Nature experience. Must be 18 or older.

Kitchen (multiple positions)

Assist the Head Cooks in preparing and serving nutritious meals and in maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the kitchen and dishwashing area. Must be 18 or older and have current Oregon Food Handler’s License.

Extra Allergy Coordinator (1 position)

Be the primary contact for campers with food allergies beyond the top ten allergens. Write daily menus and assist campers to be sure they are eating the foods that are safe for them. Must be 21 or older. Dietitian or nutritionist experience preferred.


I was sad that this was the last year he can be a camper, but he is adamantly planning to be a CIT next year and counselor after that. I’m so glad he can stay a part of the CBS experience and family long after he ages out.

Teen Camper Mom, 2019

Counselor In Training (CIT)

Positions Available for both Blue Spruce on the Loose and Overnight Camp

The DeMerell Leadership Initiative – Counselor In Training Program provides a progression from camper to staff. The program fosters valuable leadership skills that prove beneficial in every aspect of life. Participants must complete a competitive application and be selected to participate.

A portion of the day is spent on camp and leadership skill building. Activities may include, but are not limited to, CPR/Basic First Aid, Camp Craft, communication, and human relations skills.

In preparing to become a cabin counselor, CITs shadow cabin groups and plan, lead, and participate in a variety of camp activities. We emphasize team building and other group development activities.

Age/Grade: Teens who are at least 17 years old can apply to be a CIT.