For Staff

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We are so excited you are interested in working at Camp Chippewa! Let’s get started!

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For Prospective Staff

Thinking about working at a camp this summer? Want to make an impact and have an unforgettable experience yourself? Check out the links below to learn more about what working as a counselor at Chippewa is like.  


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For Returning Staff

Looking forward to returning to the shores of Cass Lake this summer? We’d love to have you back. Before we can send you a contract, you need to update your staff application with your current address, education, and certifications. Don’t forget to click Submit!

Check out the resources we’ve collected to help you translate working at camp to your resume. Camp is a real job. 

2024 Key Dates

Training & Sessions Dates
Lifeguard Training June 1-5
Whitewater Training June 4-5
Staff Training June 5-15
First Session June 15-July 11
Intersession July 12
Second Session July 13-August 8
Staff Depart August 9

Bring A Friend

Know a fellow leader who is passionate about the outdoors? Your friend might be a perfect fit for a counselor position at Camp Chippewa! Every day our counselors spend time outside connecting with people in meaningful ways while playing sports, enjoying nature, or just having fun. Reach out to us using the Contact Us form to learn how they can join our community.

Prepare for Camp

Travel to and from camp is your responsibility. Whenever possible, we recommend that you bring your own vehicle to camp. While camp cannot assume any liability of your vehicle, it is a welcome resource to have at camp during your time off. For those who will not be driving to camp, we provide transportation from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) prior to Staff Orientation. Plan to arrive before 12:00pm noon so that we can make it to camp before orientations begins at 5:00pm. When leaving camp, please make sure that your flight departs from MSP after 5:00pm in the evening to allow ample time to arrive in Minneapolis to catch your flight. We also provide transportation to/from the Bemidji, Minnesota Regional Airport (BJI)  30 minutes from camp at any time. Please contact the staff coordinator with help in arranging your travel.
Once your travel plans are made, log in to your CampInTouch account to complete and submit the Staff Travel Form, which is due by May 1st.

Log in to your CampInTouch Account to download your Pre-Camp Staff Guide which will provide a packing list, a counselor checklist and information to help make your summer a successful one.

The health and safety of the campers and staff is our priority. All of the information you provide is strictly confidential. You will be asked to provide a Health History (completed by you) and a Physical Exam form (completed by a doctor). If you have recently had a physical, most physicians will complete our form without the need of an additional office visit. It is important that all of your vaccinations, including COVID-19, MMR, and Tetanus, are up to date. These forms are required by the ACA (American Camp Association), our insurance company and the State of Minnesota to help ensure proper health and safety at camp. Log in to your CampInTouch Account to complete the Health History form and download other health forms.

Camp Chippewa is a tradition that provides children and young adults a healthy atmosphere to develop into citizens with character. Camp Chippewa has contributed to my character development invaluably. Anyone who is privileged to have spent part or all of one’s summer at Camp Chippewa agrees that time cannot be replaced and inspires one to live life with purpose. I give back to Chippewa to help the tradition carry on, especially in a world in desperate need of strong citizenry.

Dave E., Former Camp Staff, Minnesota

Make an impact on our campers, and have an unforgettable summer!

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