it’s the BEST job ever!

You can make a difference. You can inspire greatness. You can chase away the bad dreams and make the good ones come true. You can grow as a person. You can lead by example. You can be one of the important people in a young girl’s life. You can be part of our “heavenly world”.

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positions available

Cabin Staff

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Wearing different hats and having a variety of experiences is the hallmark of a summer at Illahee. As a cabin staff member you are a mom, older sister, friend, mentor, and teacher all in one. You will live in a cabin with seven or eight campers and a co-counselor. During the day, you teach activities, usually in at least two different activity areas. You will make a positive difference by sharing new ideas, teaching with creativity and enthusiasm, and building relationships with the campers and staff around you.

Cabin Life       Activity Life


adventure/specialty STAFF

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Some activities, such as horseback riding, rock climbing, and kayaking require advanced skills and expertise in order to teach. If you have a lot of experience and a passion for one of these areas, and a love for and interest in working with children, a non-cabin staff position might be right for you. Ultimately, you might feel like the horses are your campers and the river is your cabin, but the experience and impact you will make is equally rewarding. For adult staff and support staff, we have limited staff housing options.

Equestrian     Arts      Adventure      Support Staff



application process

applying is as easy as 1,2,3

Camp Illahee is now accepting applications for staff positions. We are seeking enthusiastic, creative, mature individuals who love working with children and enjoy being outdoors. We receive a large number of staff applications each year and hire the very best staff. So, we take the application process seriously. This includes carefully screening each application, checking all references, doing a background check, and conducting a thorough interview, preferably in person and at camp. We give priority to applicants who are available for the entire summer season.

Being a counselor is very much like being a parent. The real reward is knowing that you have given a big part of yourself to children; they will carry that with them for the rest of their lives. In that spirit, Camp Illahee only seeks staff who want to make personal contributions to the children they serve.

If you are at least nineteen years of age at the start of our camp season or have completed your freshman year of college, please follow the three easy steps below:

1. explore the website and watch the Summer highlights video

Summer Highlights!

2. inquire further or Complete and submit the application

If you inquire below, a director will reach out for a brief phone conversation to share more about camp or you can get the ball rolling by submitting an application. Either way, we look forward to connecting with you. If you have questions, please inquire or contact us.

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3. Interview with Illahee’s directors

Upon receipt of your complete application, we will email you to set up a time for an interview. Our preference is for you to interview at camp so that you can see first-hand where you will be working/living and to give you the opportunity to ask questions. If that is not convenient, we will also arrange to interview you virtually, at your college (or residence) or over the phone.

2024 hiring Timeline

  • We will begin reviewing applications in mid-September
  • Interviews will be conducted in the fall and will continue until all positions are filled
  • Most positions will be offered within two weeks of the completed interview
  • Apply early for the BEST summer ever!

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A couple of nuts and bolts


Consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors (under 21) while employed by Camp Illahee is prohibited and is grounds for dismissal. Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages may be brought into camp and no one may return to camp under the influence. The use of any controlled substance while employed by Camp Illahee is absolutely PROHIBITED. Persons violating this policy will be subject to termination of employment and legal prosecution. These policies apply to staff during the entire contract period: when on duty, on time off and between sessions. Smoking, vaping, or the use of other tobacco products is prohibited anywhere on camp property.

 non discrimination

As a permit holder for group activities on public lands (Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala, Chatooga, DuPont) we comply with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: and Title IX of the Educations Amendments of 1973; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”