Christian Camp & Retreat Center for 70 years in Perrysville, OH

Applications for Summer 2024 are open!

About the Job:

You can work anywhere this summer, or you can do something that matters eternally! One of the main responsibilities of staff at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp is to share the Gospel. We are in the business of impacting campers through the story of Jesus. Our camp sits on 250 acres in Northeast Ohio surrounded by towering hardwoods, scenic Mohican hills, and natural streams. We offer a variety of camps that include horseback riding, archery, marksmanship, crafts, canoeing, climbing tower, zip line, lake time on our beach, and so much more. We are seeking spiritually and emotionally mature individuals who have experienced forgiveness and who are actively pursuing Jesus. The summer staff team provides Summer’s Best Adventure to hundreds of kids and teens, pointing campers towards better relationships with each other and with Jesus. If you want to significantly change your life and the lives of others forever click “Apply Now” to submit an application and start your Summer’s Best Adventure.

2024 Summer Dates:

  • Staff Training: June 3-14**
  • Term 1: June 16-21
  • Term 2: June 23-28
  • Week Off: June 30-July 5***
  • Term 3: July 7-12
  • Term 4:  July 14-19
  • Term 5: July 21-26
  • Staff Banquet: July 27

*Required for Program & Support Staff

**Required for ALL STAFF

***These weeks are subject to change. Employment opportunities may be available these weeks or after the listed dates above. We will keep staff informed.

P.S. If you can only work certain weeks for summer, we welcome your application! CIT & Counselor positions are available for weekly contracts. We will be willing to discuss this option with you. Please state this in your application if it applies to you.

2024 Summer Positions & Pay:

Our Positions are flexible & may be able to work as internships!

Cabin Counselors

We are looking for individuals (18+) who have a deep love for Jesus. Counselors are responsible for leading on average a group of 12 campers through daily activities in a camp week. Counselors provide leadership and supervision to campers. Counselors also are trained in various activities around the camp to help facilitate camper growth and development. Assist in providing leadership and growth opportunities to our Jr. Staff. Counselors will also assist in retreat activities and other camp areas as necessary. We encourage counselors to be available through the duration of the summer but accept weekly contracted counselors as well.
Previous Experience: Experience with children is preferred.

Counselors in Training (CITs)

We are looking for individuals (16 & 17) who have a deep love for Jesus. They are to assist counselors with counseling responsibilities. They assist in providing leadership and supervision to campers. They will lead and assist in executing some daily activities. They assist in other areas of the camp as necessary. They may also assist in retreat programming and activities. 

Previous Experience: No experience required. Experience with children preferred.

Lifeguard Combo


This is a combination position, meaning that you can add these roles and responsibilities to another listed position. Positions that are eligible include: Counselors, CIT, Head Counselor, Chapel Coordinator, or Camper Advocate- this will be the individual primary role.. We are looking for individual who love Jesus and are Lifeguards or going to get certified before summer.The secondary roles and responsibilities is being a Lifeguard.As a lifeguard, the core responsibilities include vigilant surveillance, rule enforcement, emergency response, equipment maintenance, and delivering excellent customer service to ensure a safe and enjoyable aquatic environment. Previous Experience: Valid Lifeguard Certification is required( or must be obtained before the start date.

Program & Support Staff

Program Specialists

We are looking for individuals (18+) who have a deep love for Jesus. All program staff lead, assist and execute the daily program activities including games, meals, and adventure activities. They assist in scheduling, cabin assignments, inventory of programming materials, and management of program areas. They assist in other areas as needed, such as retreat programs and activities. 

  • (Filled)Head Counselor: In this speciality, the main focus is planning and executing the schedule. In addition, other focuses involve providing support to the Cabin Life Staff (through leadership, conflict management, and encouragement).
    • Previous Experience: Previous Experience: One year of summer camp experience is required. Experience with children is required. Leading a team is preferred. Experience with programming, scheduling, or leading a team is preferred.
  • Chapel Coordinator: They are to provide leadership and spiritual development to campers and staff. They are to creatively and effectively communicate the summer’s theme and God’s word to both staff and campers. They develop and execute the chapel curriculum and program. They must also coordinate the production of the chapel program which may include but is not limited to lights, sound, worship, and skits. They are to manage and take inventory of the chapel area.
    • Previous Experience: One year of summer camp experience is required. Experience with children is required. Experience with programming, scheduling, or leading a team is preferred.
  • Camper Advocate:  Responsible for collaborating and communicating with parents/guardians about their campers throughout the camp week. Support the camp team by providing problem-solving tools, leadership, and information to properly handle camper situations
    • Previous Experience:  One year of summer camp experience is required. Experience with children and parents is preferred.
Camp Health Officer

We are looking for an individual who loves Jesus. Their responsibilities include delivering camper medications, inventorying the medical supplies, updating medical records, communicating with parents as needed, and addressing health concerns for campers and staff, using the camp’s standing orders to determine the best treatments and care. It is important to note, given the specific duties of the camp officer, the person who holds this position will not be operating under their license. They will assist in other areas as needed. Including retreat activities and programs.
Previous Experience: Experience with children in a clinical setting is preferred. Nursing college majors, RNs, BSN, EMT certification, or similar education is required.


Positions Pay Incentives
Starting at $150/week
  • $5/Previous LIT
  • $5/Returning CIT
  • $10/Lifeguard Cert
Starting at $275/week
  • $5/Returning Counselor
  • $5/Previous CIT
  • $5/Previous Camp Experience
  • $10/Lifeguard Cert

Program & Support Staff


Starting at $325/week

*Starting Health Officer pay will vary based on the level of education and the certification(s) the individual may hold. This starting salary is the low-end and it varies with experience.

  • $5/Returning Staff Member
  • $5/Returning Program & Support Staff
  • $5/Previous Camp Staff Experience
  • $10/Lifeguard Cert 

Above is the pay rate for our summer positions. Each week that PHOC camp is in session, a staffer will receive their weekly rate. The pay for the staff training and retreats are separate from the weekly stated rate above. Staff Members will be paid every two weeks.

*Returning Counselor & Staff Member Incentive is $5/per returning year.

*To receive the previous camp experience incentive, the staff member must be working at PHOC for the first time and have been employed by another camp.

*Each position does have a cap number of incentives that can be applied. The negotiation of pay (including incentives) is up to the Executive and Program Director.

Resources for Staff

Job Descriptions
Typical Daily Schedule


Pleasant Hill believes strongly that supporting each summer staff member is essential. We are genuinely concerned that you have a dynamic, growth-filled experience. So, we provide the following resources for all summer staff:

Training- Staff members receive extensive orientation and training before campers arrive. Camp policies, Child protection policies, emergency procedures, counseling skills, and practical experience in all phases of camp operation are some of the areas addressed.

Staff Builders- staff gatherings throughout the day for devotions and prayer.

Open Office- Full-time staff members are available YEAR-ROUND to meet with you for support, advice, and encouragement.

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