Our Staff

Join a bunch of committed and passionate folks at Redwood Adventure Camp.

Our staff is our most important resource. We strive to provide a place where our staff feels welcome, is committed to personal growth, feels comfortable sharing their faith, and gets inspired and inspires others. Our staff enjoy living and working in the beautiful outdoors. Who better to tell you about why to work on staff than our staff in their own words…

Camp is incredibly special to me. It has shaped my past, my present, and forever my future. I am who I am because of it. The experiences and the people from Camp have help me to define myself as a person. There is a special place in my heart reserved for Redwood Adventure Camp and those who have journeyed this path with me. All of us know the work it takes to run this program, but the rewards are truly priceless. Not a summer goes by when I don't wish to be there, nor will that ever change. I will be there whenever I can and in any capacity I can manage. I owe much to this program, and I will support it however I can for as long as I can. Camp is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, one that should never be wasted!

Melissa (Wagner) CampbellFormer Staff/Volunteer/Parent

One of the biggest reasons I went back to work at camp year after year was the people I got to work with. The people I met at camp are some of the funniest and most genuine people I know. I would never have met all of them if it weren't for camp. RAC is an amazing place.

Jack WoernerFormer Camper/Staff

I've worked on the staff at Redwood Adventure Camp for 3 summers. From just a few short weeks spent with a group of friends in the beautiful surroundings of RAC I came to gain some lifelong friendships and memories that leave me to this day telling people that it is one of the most meaningful places to me. Not only does it give you the opportunity to build on your own skills in leadership but you also have the benefit of seeing campers grow in so many ways. I live half way around the world from RAC but it is definitely in my plan to come back to it with my family so my own children can experience the incredible opportunities this camp offers and being on staff is a truly unmissable opportunity to experience it.

Katherine VasFormer Staff


A week-long intensive training session to prepare our staff to be the best, most prepared staff to work with our campers. Several certifications are provided to our staff free of charge. These certifications can be taken with our staff to obtain future jobs outside of Camp.

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid for Infant, Child, and Adult Certification is provided at no cost to our staff prior to the start of Camp (a $200+ value)
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
  • Redwood Adventure Camp Staff Training which includes: basic archery & riflery, hiking & backpacking skills, interpersonal skill, working with kids, and much more
  • Many staff members receive CA Serve Safe Certification which permits them to work in kitchens


  • Staff members are over 18 at the start of the first camping session
  • Redwood Adventure Camp may choose to hire 17-year-old staff members if they have participated in either Redwood Adventure Camp’s CIT or Graduate programs the prior summer
  • CPR/First Aid certified or the ability to obtain certification prior to Camp (we offer a course – free of charge to our staff – pretty cool!)
  • Must complete ACA Voluntary Disclosure Statement
  • Must be fingerprinted for criminal background check and sex offender registry checks
  • Must complete state-approved Sexual Abuse Prevention Course
  • Share an interest in working with kids
  • Must have a desire to make a difference in the world
  • Must be willing to engage in spirited activities and willing to share their positive energy with others
  • Must be willing to engage in and/or lead Christian prayer

Summer positions

Important Dates for this season:

  • Minimum age for Counseling Staff is 18 by June 26, 2024
  • Minimum age for NEW staff that have participated in Adventure or Graduate Programs is 17 by June 26, 2024
  • Minimum age for Relief/Maintenance Staff is 17 by June 18, 2024 (first day of training)
  • Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR –  June 14-16, 2024
  • General Training – June 18 – June 26, 2024
  • Campers arrive – June 26, 2023
  • Staff will be considered under contract from June 18 (1:00pm -3:00pm arrival) – Aug 1 (5:00pm).

There will be a celebratory staff dinner the evening of the Aug 1st that we hope staff will stay for, and staff are welcome to spend one final night at Camp if desired.

Read below for more information.  Click HERE to apply!

Contact us if you have any questions at office@redwoodadventure.org.

Counseling Staff

Counseling Staff are hired to fulfill the job description of a Group Counselor and/or one other Central Staff Position (Nature Leader, Craft Leader, Kitchen Assistant, Maintenance Assistant/Relief Counselor, Lifeguard/Maintenance Assistant/Relief Counselor or Horse Program Assistant).  If staff members are hired for just one camper session, at the end of the training program they will be assigned either as a Group Counselor or a Central Staff depending on need and individual skills.  If staff members are hired for more than one camper session, they will normally fill the position of Group Counselor for one of those sessions and may fill the position of Group Counselor or one of the Central Staff positions for the other camper session, again, depending on need and individual skills.

Counseling Staff Job Description

Apply Here

Administrative and Full Summer Staff

A variety of administrative and full summer positions are filled each year.    See below for job descriptions of possible positions.

Kitchen Manager Job Description

Challenge Course Leader Job Description

Horse Program Leader Job Description

Apply Here

Volunteer Staff

There are a variety of volunteer positions available each summer that one may apply for.  All new volunteers to Redwood Adventure Camp must contact our Director of Summer Programs prior to submitting an application (mary@redwoodadventure.org).

Employment Forms for Hired Staff

Welcome!  Now that you have received and accepted your contract, here are some more forms to fill out!!  If you have any questions, you can contact Mary (mary@redwoodadventure.org) or Kelly (Kelly@redwoodadventure.org) or simply call the office number 707-984-6877 and leave a message if you get the voicemail.  Soon we will all be together at Camp!!

General Information – this is information about the nuts and bolts of living at Camp, be sure to open, read and print/download for future reference.

Immunization Record/Health Exam This form should be completed by your physician and must be completed your first year on staff.

Fingerprinting – Request for Live Scanmust be completed the first year you work for Redwood Adventure Camp even if you were fingerprinted for another job.  Fill out form and make 3 copies – take all 3 copies to your nearest Live Scan location.  If you are in the Sonoma/Marin County area please contact Ameriprints (http://www.ameriprints.com/).  One copy comes to us as soon as possible for your background check.  Keep your receipt for reimbursement!

Mandated Reporter Training – If you did not complete this last summer, you will receive an email from the American Camp Association (ACA) with login information and directions.

i-9 FormFilled out once when first hired, so only complete if you have not filled out an I9 Form before for Redwood Adventure Camp.  Please bring your identification with you when you bring the form to Lifeguard Training or Staff Training.  Your passport, if you have one, is the best!  If you don’t have a passport, you will need two forms of ID.  Suggested ID’s:  Driver’s license or School ID with picture and Social Security Card or certified copy of your Birth Certificate.  Check the last page of the I9 Form for more options.

W4 FormFor paid staff only, must fill out your first year of employment with the Camp and any year your information changes, this form tells us how much tax to withhold from your paycheck.

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