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Camp Bovey Director

Assumes responsibility for direction and operation of the resident summer camp program for youth ages 8-18 at Camp Bovey in Gordon, Wisconsin. Camp serves approximately 300 youth annually, June-August, in addition to a few off-season sessions and rentals. The Camp Director oversees 15 seasonal staff, 20 Teen Counselors-In-Training, and coordinates volunteer work groups in the spring and fall. Leads, supervises, and inspires camp staff in fulfilling the camp’s mission to “provide a safe place for youth to have fun while participating in outdoor activities that help build respect for themselves, one another and the environment.” Ensures that camp staff, programs, site/facilities and transportation function according to the standards of the American Camp Association and follow regulations of other governing bodies. Initiates and maintains strategic partnerships and collaborations in the Twin Cities area, as well as the local area near Gordon, WI, that enrich and expand program sustainability, camp facilities and programs, as well as recruitment and retention of campers and seasonal staff. In cooperation with Youth Department Director, ESNS Development Team, and ESNS Administration, plays a central role in preparing grant proposals, reports, and planning and facilitating the Camp Committee and Snowshoe Committee (Camp Fundraiser Event) to acquire funding necessary to accomplish goals and balance budget.

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Is responsible for, but not limited to, the following

1.  Administration 25%

  • Administers Agency policies, practices and procedures for the camp program staff in alignment with established camp and agency policies and procedures. Meets bi-monthly with the Department Director. Develops and coordinates data collection and evaluation methods and procedures, in accordance with contracted requirements. Oversees data entry and prepares reports developed with data collected from database and departmental staff.   Attends and leads Camp Committee meetings monthly and Snowshoe Shuffle event seasonally. Prepares Quarterly Reports, Committee Minutes, and Camp Presentations as required.

2. Program Development 25%

  • Sets a vision for programming based on camp mission, intended outcomes, client needs, funding trends, and shifting community characteristics. Integrate current research and best practices into program design. Ensures program accessibility to persons of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, low income households, English Language Learners, and other potential barriers to participation. Establishes and implements procedures, activities and schedules with coordination by the Camp Program Coordinator. Is on site to oversee day-to-day functioning of camp program when in session. Ensures camper and staff physical and emotional safety at all times. Facilitates review and revision (if necessary) of camp goals and program format. Works with various camp staff to ensure ACA safety standards.            

3. Supervision 20%

  • Plans, develops, directs, coordinates and evaluates all functions and activities of the camp program. Responsible for the selection, training, evaluation and direct supervision of lead staff. In-directly oversees counselors, kitchen staff, waterfront staff, maintenance, CIT’s (Counselors in Training ages 17-18). Responsible for supervision of other special programs as they develop.        

 4. Public Relations and Recruitment 15%

  • Attends agency and community events and meetings to promote a positive image of Camp Bovey. Promotes program to youth and parents in the community. Develops thorough registration materials and strives to maintain full camper enrollment. Ensures Agency representation on various youth, community and professional organizations, including voluntary and public agencies. Develops relationships with local schools, youth serving organizations, and colleges and universities to strengthen recruitment of campers and seasonal staff.

5.  Financial 10%

  • Prepares departmental budget. Monitors financial reports, receipts, and allocations for accuracy. Controls spending within budget limits supervising all departmental expenditures. Seeks out new funding sources, develops funding proposals, prepares funding reports, and maintains relationships with donors, alumni, and volunteers, with support from Youth Director, Development Team, Camp Committee, and ESNS Administration.

6.  Staff Development 10%

  • Oversees the planning and facilitation of camp trainings, targeted toward seasonal and CIT staff. Participates in relevant on-going staff development and in-service trainings. Participates in conferences and lectures, workshops and professional organizations. Participates in the monthly meetings and special events of the American Camp Association to promote camping and to maintain professional growth.

7.  Regulations, Procedures and Facilities 10% 

  • Reviews camp facilities and programs with Douglas County Health Department, American Camp Association, Fire Department, USDA and DNR in partnership with Youth Director, Camp Registrar, and other camp staff. Maintains nutritional guidelines and kitchen sanitation practices of the USDA. Recruits and oversees volunteer teams to open and prepare camp facilities in the spring and close down camp in the fall. Insures that buildings are in good condition and camp property is maintained and safe. Arranges for repair and maintenance of equipment and vehicles. Schedules and monitors rental groups. Develops and maintains the crisis management plan for camp, including emergency procedures. Ensures camp staff is trained to prevent and respond to emergencies efficiently.

8.  Evaluation 5%

  • Responsible for overall evaluation of camp program from staff, campers, parents and Camp Committee. Reviews results with Youth Director, Evaluation Manager, and Camp Committee to assess camp impact and inform continuous improvement process.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development, Education, Environmental Studies, or relevant field, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Preferred - ServSafe Certification/Food Manager in State of Wisconsin.


  • Must be at least 25 years old (ACA requirement).
  • Three years of increasing experience and responsibility in a resident youth camp setting.
  • Must have supervisory experience at a camp.
  • Preferred experience in fundraising and marketing camps.
  • Must meet American Camp Association minimum requirements.
  • Working knowledge of American Camp Association standards for resident camps.

$49,000- $52,000 annually, depending upon qualifications. Generous benefits including: Health, Dental, retirement, paid time off.