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Frequently Asked Questions

At Camp Jeanne d’Arc, being on staff means more than just a summer job, you join the CJDA family! You will be given a unique opportunity to work with incredible people from the U.S. and around the world in a magnificent setting, the Adirondack Mountains.

More than 30 counselors and staff members assist the directors in the day-to-day operations of camp. The camper-staff ratio averages 3:1. As a staff member, you will be entrusted with someone’s most priceless possession, their child. We look for counselors who exhibit the maturity necessary to succeed in this critical role.


What is a typical day like for a counselor?

  • Care for campers in the cabin and guide them at activities
  • Teach and lead activities
  • Participate and lead camp traditions
  • Work individually and in a group

Travel Information

While specific arrival and departure dates are determined each year, counselors will arrive about one week before campers arrive for pre-camp training. Counselors can expect to  stay at camp a few days after campers depart to help with end of summer duties.  Please email us for more specific dates.

It is common for counselors to travel together after camp.  We will work with you to coordinate your arrival and departure from camp.

Living at Camp

Counselors live with one or two co-counselors in a cabin and have 13-15 girls in their cabin.  For information about our cabins see here

Junior Directors live in the cabins and some have separate living quarters.  All male staff live in separate quarters.

Staff Pay Scale

All employees are compensated based on prior experience, qualifications, and level of education; as well as position and availability dates. Camp Jeanne d’Arc salaries are competitive and include room, board, and laundry. Internet access is available to be used during a free period or days off only. Cell phone coverage is limited.

Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Policy

Consuming alcohol, vaping, smoking, chewing tobacco and using other controlled substances are not allowed on camp property. In addition, employees are not to return to camp property under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Breaking this policy is grounds for immediate dismissal.

Time off and Free Time

During the total employment period, staff members will receive 24 hours or more each two (2) weeks in blocks of no less than 12 consecutive hours. There are no days off during the first and last weeks of camp. Certain exceptions are made for important family events, school events or religious worship, within reason.  Catching the bus to Plattsburgh must be coordinated with the Head Counselor.  

You will be permitted to access the internet during free periods or days off in the Chalet; however, you will not be permitted to keep your device on you or in your cabin. For the most part, we are a tech-free environment.


We would love to accommodate your desire to carry out an internship at Camp Jeanne d’Arc. Give us a call or send an email, and we’ll work out the details.

Religion and Faith

We are a camp of inclusion, acceptance, and respect. On Sundays we provide an opportunity for campers and staff to worship according to  their faith; we also provide a non-religious/values based meeting option. Campers and staff are asked to choose one of the following 1-hour activities: 1) Non-religious Inspirational Service, 2) Catholic Mass or 3) Bible Stories. At the end of campfire each night, we recite the Lord’s Prayer together (sometimes in multiple languages). Singing grace before and after each meal is also part of our camp tradition.


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Camp Mission

Our mission at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc is to build strong girls, and empower them with the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Our Motto

Faith, Endurance, Courage and Confidence


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Core Values

We value wholesome, playful fun

We value every individual’s unique gifts

We value becoming our best selves

We value all, as members of the Camp Jeanne d’Arc family

I thought my job as a counselor Camp Counselor Testimonialwould be to build relationships through deep conversations and a listening ear. While this isn’t wrong, the building blocks to get here are much smaller moments. It’s waiting for the girl that took an extra minute rolling out of bed in the morning, sharing easy laughs over lunch in the Hearth or taking the time to say goodnight to each girl and shut off the lights at the end of an exhausting day. These moments capture the loving and family-like feeling that a summer at Camp Jeanne d’arc inevitably provides. While singing campfire songs, diving into the lake or playing games on the field make JDA so lively and exciting, it is the girls building relationships, sharing stories and discovering new things about themselves that make their experience -and mine- so indescribably unique.