Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have access to the internet?
Internet access is available to you all day and evening (during your time off only) until curfew at 1AM. You do not have to bring your own laptop however we rarely have spare computers for you to use.
How old do I need to be to work at camp?
To work at Camp Shalom, you need to be a high school senior or at least seventeen years of age. We prefer staff applicants who have at least completed high school. For many of our activity specialist positions, we require that you are over the age of 21.
What if I am not Jewish?
Camp Shalom respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths. We are not an extremely religious camp, but Judaism is a substantial part of our camping style. While you may be a minority at Camp Shalom, it is our experience that non-Jewish staff members are very comfortable with the level and type of Judaism we practice.
When do I have time/days off?
Your position and the area in which you work will determine your time off. Counselors have time off each day which is assigned prior to the Opening Day of camp. Each counselor is able to sign up for 1 day off per week (with the exception of the 4th and 7th weeks of camp).
When do I get paid?
All staff receive their paycheck at the conclusion of the summer. A pay advance may be worked out with the Camp Director.
What if I am a vegetarian or have diet restrictions?
Camp Shalom is able to accommodate food allergies and vegetarian, vegan, and lactose-intolerant diets. If you have dietary concerns, please make arrangements with us prior to signing your contract.
Where our counselors are from?
We mainly recruit our alumni and from colleges and universities across the United States.
Where is Camp Shalom located?
Camp Shalom is located in Orange Springs, FL; about 45 minutes from Gainesville, FL (Home of the Florida Gators) and Ocala. We are a 1.5 hour drive from Orlando and Tampa. Counselors who are flying to camp should make arrangements to arrive at Gainesville, Orlando or Jacksonville Airport.
Can you tell me how the hiring process works?
Once we’ve received your application and references, they’ll be reviewed by one of our directors. If you live in the area we might ask you to come in for an interview. If we happen to be recruiting on your campus, let’s chat. And, if we’re unable to meet you in person, don’t worry! We’ll gladly conduct an interview by telephone.
If at any time after you’ve submitted your application you decide to make alternate plans for employment please contact us, as it would be unfair to other potential candidates if we held a position for you that you had no intention of filling. Required dates for summer begin 6 days before campers arrive through the end of camp. Oh and one other thing! it’s important that your stand out. Make sure you complete all of the application carefully to avoid a delay in processing. Thanks and good luck!