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At Cub Creek Science Camp!


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2017 Summer Dates

May 21 – August 12


Staff Training Dates



Airport Arrivals

May 21- June 3


We provide free transportation service to and from the St Louis International airport during specified times. If you need to arrive or depart outside of this time, we can provide transportation for a fee of $150 or you will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to camp and from camp. Fellow camp staff are often willing and able to assist. We suggest that you post your needs on our staff Facebook page and offer to pay for their gas.

Arrival –  Free Camp transport leaves the airport at 1:00 pm May 21st

Departure – Free Camp transport will arrive at the airport at 11 am Aug. 13th (to be safe, don't book a departing flight before 1pm)

Summer Pay

$2,200 – $3,200 for the summer

$1000 – $2000 base pay + $1000 commitment bonus + $200 camp store credit

Minimum Qualifications

18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent


Experience working with kids (baby sitting, coaching, younger siblings etc.).

Physically strong enough to walk several miles each day, be in and out of air-conditioning and sleep on the top bunk if needed

Ability to put others needs before your own

Enjoy being outside (sun, bugs, and temp fluctuations). 

You must love animals of all kinds. While we do not expect staff to be comfortable handling all animals, we will only hire staff who can show a genuine interest and fascination with all animal species. This is an animal camp after all!

Caring, enthusiastic attitude



Housing is available from May 21-August 12, at no cost.


3-4 staff per camper cabin – 16 campers per cabin

Cabins are air-conditioned with private bathrooms. Bunk beds


Meals are available from the first day of training on May 21st through Aug 12th.

Special diets must be discussed at the time of interview to determine what accommodations are available.  

Staff are expected to eat what is being served in the dining hall, and a negative attitude about camp food is not tolerated.

We have fresh fruit, breakfast cereal, bread, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese available at all meals, fresh vegetables at every lunch and dinner and a very nice salad bar with each dinner.  Our experience has shown us that picky eaters and those on restrictive diets such as vegans, paleo diet etc, may have difficulty keeping themselves well fed over the course of a full summer.

Number of Staff


We hire 60 Counselors / Instructors plus additional support staff.


Background of Staff


Our typical staff member is a college student. Staff come from across the United States and other countries. We average 350 applicants per summer and select the most creative, talented and  positive staff from these applicants.


Program Overview


Cub Creek Science Camp serves children between the ages of 7-17. We have 14 cabins, divided by age group. Junior campers (1st – 5th grades) and senior campers (6th – 11th grades) take part in activities separate from each other. Each cabin houses 16 campers and 3-4 staff members. All staff members teach or assist activities, and we offer over 100 activity choices.




A camp counselor can be one of the most influential role models in a child's life. Because we don't want a camper to confuse character with appearance, we prefer that our staff have no visible tattoos, body piercings, or unnatural hair colors. Please discuss any of these with us during your interview so that you can be fully aware of our policies and can make an informed decision about possible employment with us.

Bear River Ranch is a smoke-free facility, and alcohol is not allowed on the premises.

Benefits and things to consider


Click here to read about the many benefits of working at Cub Creek Science Camp and the things you should consider before applying.


 Hours / Breaks


Staff work with campers during all waking hours (7:30 am – 10:30 pm). Staff who sleep in the cabins with the campers may be called on to assist campers during the night hours.

Each staff will receive a one hour break two times each day. Staff will also receive one 21 hour day off each week plus additional hours off each weekend.

Positions available at Cub Creek Science Camp

Apply on-line for one of our 2017 summer camp jobs

In-Cabin Positions

Counselor/ Instructor – These team members (mostly college students) live and play with campers in their cabins and activities to ensure their safety and fun. Through teamwork, they guide campers in hands-on, curiosity guided, science related activities, that will spark their imagination, creativity, and interest. They are responsible for teaching and/or assisting during activities to help campers build their knowledge and problem-solving skills.

We hire individuals described as: enthusiastic, outgoing, positive, creative, bright,  friendly, and caring. 

Good Communication skills, some teaching experience (formal or informal) preferred, and a passion for science, animals and children is a must! Must be self-motivated and willing to learn.

Lead Instructors – Lead Instructors are in cabin counselors that take on the responsibility of being the sole teacher for a specific course. 

Out-of-Cabin Positions

Camp Photographers – Capture memories of the summer! Our photographers take pictures of all activities and manage all camp photos. Photographers post and manage the photos on our online photo database as well as update our social media pages. Photographers also assist in the office answering phones and checking on campers. 

Camp Store Manager – The camp store manager is in charge of our fantastic camp store. Responsibilities include checking inventory, restocking, submitting order requests, filling supply requests, entering camper account information and using our POS system.

Camp Nurse (RN degree)

  • Experience working with children between the ages of 7 – 17
  • Experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Summer camp experience (preferred)
  • Enjoyment of the outdoors, science and teaching
  • Strong communication skills


Distribute medications to campers and staff.

Provide first-aid on an as needed basis.

Keep an up-to-date log of all medical treatment and consultations provided at camp.

Provide protective oversight for all campers and staff.


Nurse's Assistant – Assists the nurse with her duties.  Helps file medical paperwork for campers. Treat minor injuries (scrapes, bruises, etc). Also assists in the camp store. Must be detail oriented, patient and flexible. This is the ideal summer job for nursing students.

Ropes Course Staff – Work full time on our amazing ropes course! Must be comfortable with heights and tolerant of standing outside for long periods of time during the hot Missouri summer. Experience working on a ropes course is ideal, more specifically with belaying and rappelling.  

Arts and Crafts Supervisor – Supervisor to our arts and crafts programs. Experience with ceramics, kiln firing, and wheel throwing are preferred. Must be able to learn all of the crafts we currently offer at camp (lanyards, friendship bracelets, dream catchers, candle making, etc) and willing to develop more. Responsible for cleaning and organizing our art building. Creativity is a must! 

Kitchen Staff

Job Description – Kitchen staff are responsible for preparing 3 meals a day for 300+ people. They must be capable of moving boxes of food and serving dishes. Kitchen staff are expected to keep the kitchen clean and to do dishes after every meal. Staff will be expected to do anything required to keep the kitchen running and well-stocked order. This job does require physical labor, including lifting items. 

Housing- Housing is provided for staff from May 21st – August 12th at no charge.

Hours and Meals –  Kitchen staff work 6 days a week. They receive an hour break in the morning before noon, an hour break after Lunch and are off each evenings by 8pm. Staff also receive a meal time break three times each day. 

Policies and Pay – Kitchen staff are expected to abide by all policies and procedures of camp counselors. Including appropriate dress as well as behavior and conduct at work. Most of our kitchen staff come to camp through Camp Leaders or CCUSA. Staff pay is negotiated through these companies and is different for every staff. 2 

Benefits –  Staff will have the opportunity to go on outings and experiences much of what Missouri has to offer. Many of our kitchen support staff are from other countries and look forward to having the opportunity to learn about American culture and improving their English language skills.