You should apply! Filling out an application is just the first step. It’s not a commitment to work. You will have more time to think about your options after you apply. Also, everyone who applies is guaranteed an interview with one of our full-time staff. In an interview you will be able to ask all your questions and get a decent feel for what working at camp would really be like.
Our year-round offices are located at 719 Earl Garrett Street, Kerrville, TX 78028. Our summer campground is 50 minutes away from our offices. Camp is situated along the banks of the Frio River on the 1,900-acre H. E. Butt Foundation property deep in the Texas Hill Country, 13 miles north of Leakey on U.S. Highway 83. Camp is approximately 120 miles northwest of San Antonio and 60 miles west of Kerrville. It will show up on google maps if you enter Laity Lodge Youth Camp, U.S. 83, Leakey, TX.
At LLYC we are all about relationships, so you will make great friends. You will learn invaluable life and leadership skills. You will get to live, play, and work in a spectacular river canyon. You will get to go on adventures. You will save money because there are very few expenses at camp. You have the opportunity to impact lives forever.
The American Camping Association puts it this way: Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else! Regardless of your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp counselor translates into excellent management and personnel skills.
LLYC offers generous weekly wages that are competitive with most other summer camps. Pay ranges vary depending on the job and your level of experience. Pay is increased for every year you return to work. You can also increase your earnings by coming to our pre-summer trainings and becoming certified in one or more of our specialized activities. Additionally, camp covers room and board and the camp life requires little to no expenses, so staff members frequently report saving more money at camp than they would have living and working somewhere else.
Yes. Every position at camp requires at least some training and certifications. It depends on the position you are hired for. If the position you are hired for requires a certification of any kind, LLYC will ensure you are properly trained at no cost to you. Please see our summer job descriptions for more details on the trainings and certifications required by each position at camp.
Campers are encouraged to bring everything in a hard-sided camp trunk. If you already have a trunk, you are welcome to bring it. Duffel bags work fine as well. Plastic drawers and plastic bins are often used by those who prefer the ability to divide and organize their things.
Camp is disconnected and we love it! We will happily grant you brief access to these things if there is a pressing need to contact friends or family. For casual or extended calls and Wi-Fi, you will need to wait until you can go into town on your day off.
You will get one overnight day off per week. On days off, camp staffers are encouraged to rest, relax and recharge somewhere away from camp. Days off are a great time to connect with other staff members that you don’t directly work with or see often. Frequently, there are staff members who live nearby who offer up their homes as a place to crash and hang out for anyone else on their day off. The nearest day off destination is Kerrville where you can shop, eat out, or see a movie. Some other fun ideas include – floating the river in Concan, visiting Garner State Park, going to San Antonio (about 2 hours drive) or Austin (about 3 hours drive), or going to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels (about 2 hours).
You will only need your car at the beginning and end of camp, and on days off. Most staffers bring their cars to camp, but it is certainly possible to carpool with friends or be dropped off at camp. If you catch a ride to camp, there are always groups of people going on their day off who have room in their cars.