Thank you for your interest in Tripp Lake Camp. This page provides information about becoming a staff member.  It is also intended to give you background about the community of Tripp Lake and the type of opportunity you may have while working here. We look forward to hearing from you. For more information, please call the Assistant Director at 1-800-997-4347. If you are interested in joining our staff, please fill out our online application.

Current Staff can log in for information about this upcoming camp season. You will be able to access all the necessary staff forms, bulletins, information, and updates.

Our Counselor Staff

Many of our counselors come back year after year. Only highly qualified candidates are hired to care for and teach our campers. Candidates must complete an interview process to ensure that each counselor is someone who embodies the values we promote at Tripp lake Camp. We carefully check the references you provide. These references provide us with a solid outline of your characteristics. We work hard to match your expertise with a position for the summer. Each counselor is hired to specialize in an activity. Counselors must demonstrate skills or have a degree in their area.  Each staff member is required to have an annual background check.

Bunk Counselors are a key element to the success of our campers’ summer. Our program is a seven week session where campers stay the full season. Most female counselors live in bunks with six campers, with the remaining staff housed in separate bunks. A bunk counselor is a role model and a mentor. They are pivotal in creating a positive cooperative atmosphere as serving as the primary leadership and guidance in the bunk.

"Last summer, I worked at Tripp Lake Camp. The experience was life changing. Working at camp was more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Getting to meet other staff from all over the world and getting to play a hand in the fondest of memories of Tripp Lake for campers was incredible. Seeing campers come back and think so fondly of their years at camp and then knowing I was a part of that for those I worked with and met is a like being a part of something bigger than myself. I had the privilege of changing lives. If I could spend the rest of my life doing what I got to do at camp every day, I would never work a day in my life."



Tripp Lake Camp employs over 200 people during the summer. Our counselor staff consists of approximately 135 activity counselors from all corners of the United States, as well as around the world. Staff members generally have completed at least one year of college before coming to camp.


Tripp Lake offers competitive salaries dependent upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications.

Transportation and Lodging

Tripp Lake provides transportation allowance to and from camp as well as room and board,  laundry service, wifi, and camp uniforms. Counselors have their own recreation lodge with TV, computers, phones, wifi, refrigerator, and microwave that are open for use during their leisure time.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of each individual is our highest priority. Our full-time residential medical staff consists of one physician and multiple registered nurses. We have a well-equipped modern health center on camp property. The medical staff maintains vigilant supervision of health issues.


Tripp Lake campers and staff wear a required uniform that is designed for comfort and function. The uniform not only eliminates competition in dress, but also promotes our sense of community and team spirit.


Tripp Lake Camp is located in Poland, Maine, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are 45 minutes north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and just 20 minutes from Auburn, Maine, where you will find shopping and movie theaters. The camp property is 260 acres of spacious open fields surrounded by wooded acreage, located on the northwest shore of Tripp Lake. The grounds and facilities are maintained in excellent condition. Tripp Lake Camp is the only camp on the lake. The lake is a clear and temperate body of water about a mile wide and five miles long.

For more information, please call the Assistant Director at 1-800-997-4347.

"After my first summer spent at TLC, I can honestly say I’ve never felt the longing to return to one place in such a way - the people, the place and most of all the wonderful girls who all made TLC such an amazing and rewarding place to be."


Pre-camp Training Start Dates

The camp season begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August. Staff members are required to attend pre-camp orientation, which begins seven days before the campers arrive. Some activities require additional training programs, which are scheduled before pre-camp orientation. We offer Rope Initiative Training, Lifeguard, Water Safety Instruction, First Aid, CPR, and Trip Leader Certification courses.

Arrival Dates
RRODL Staff & Lifeguard Training Arrive
June 2, 2024
Trip Leader Course Arrive
June 6, 2024
WSI Training Course (Swim Staff) Arrive
June 7, 2024
Riding, Kitchen, Office, Assistant Advisor, Advisor Staff & Nurses Arrive
June 9, 2024
All Remaining Staff Arrive
June 12, 2024
Campers Arrive
June 22, 2024
Departure Dates
Campers Depart
August 8, 2024
Many counselor staff depart with the campers
August 8, 2024
Remaining Counselors & Nurses Depart
August 9, 2024
Support Staff Depart
August 10, 2024

All dates subject to change.

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