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Adventure Day Camp Instructor in Bay Area, CA

Avid4 Adventure

Adventure Day Camp Instructor in Bay Area, CA
Los Gatos, CA Internship Paid


$14.50 - $16 Hourly


As an Avid4 Adventure day camp instructor, you have the amazing responsibility of inspiring kids to lead active outdoor lifestyles. Adventure Instructors teach our 2nd-7th grade campers who have the choice of participating in multi-sport camps and/or single-sport camps. Our Explorer Instructors lead K-1st grade campers. Discovery Instructors work with our Pre-K (3-4 year olds) campers.

  • Multi-Sport Camps: During a week of multi-sport, instructor pairs guide campers through one adventure activity each day which can include: climbing or stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. On rock climbing and mountain biking days, instructors will partner with Specialist Instructors, who have advanced skills in each adventure sport.

  • Single Sport Camps: Instructors facilitating single-sport programs work with campers on one of our core sports for the entire week, including white water kayaking, SUPing, survival skills, rock climbing, mountain biking, and bike-park riding. Activities take place on and off-site, depending on program and camp location.

As a Day Camp Instructor, you will become part of a team of outdoor professionals who receive support and mentorship from our camp leaders, grow their teaching skills, and enjoy a community of peers who live the values our camps teach. The ideal candidates are detail oriented, highly organized, and ready for action. Applicants must also have significant experience leading children and experience in at least one of our core sports. Just as important, being an Avid4 Adventure Day Camp Instructor means being ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun!

All day camp instructor applicants will complete a general online application. During the interview process, we will determine which type of day camp and role is the best fit with your background.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide age and developmentally- appropriate instruction in mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, Leave No Trace principles, and team building.
  • Co-lead activities on or off-site (dependent on camper age group and program)
  • Drive campers in 15 passenger van and trailer when leading off-site programming. (Van driving training will be provided).
  • Provide exceptional customer service to parents and all participants in our programs.
  • Serve as a role model for campers in appropriate behavior, language, attitudes, and activities.
  • Provide guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities.
  • Thoroughly understand emergency action plans and help implement procedures if necessary.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of equipment, and report any damages to Camp Director.
  • Maintain excellent communication between campers, parents, and staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Take an active role in the continual evaluation of campers, programs, and staff.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.
  • Other duties as requested by the Camp Director.


Job Requirements:

  • Minimum age to apply is 19 years old. Due to insurance and driver needs, many of our new staff will need to be over 21 years old.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Significant personal or teaching experience in at least 1 of the following sports: climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, survival skills, outdoor education.
  • Experience leading youth and a passion for working with kids.
  • First Aid certification: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or higher is required for most Avid instructors. Instructors working only with our 3-6 year old programs only need Community/Basic First Aid, but are encouraged to obtain a WFA in order to fill in for older age camper programs.
  • CPR certification: American Red Cross or American Heart Association prior to camp start date (cannot be a 100% online course).
  • Valid Driver's License is highly preferred.
  • High levels of organization, communication, and judgment.

About Us

Avid4 Adventure empowers kids to choose active and healthy lifestyles in the outdoors. We run adventure camps in Colorado and the Bay Area, CA, but Avid4 isn’t just a camp or a school program. It’s an authentic outdoor experience that teaches kids the skills and confidence to climb, bike, paddle, hike and thrive outdoors, launching them into a lifetime of empowering outdoor adventure.

Fun Fact

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