We are looking for staff for our 2019 Summer Camp schedule:

Assistant Director

We are seeking candidates for internship as Assistant Director, with opportunity for experience and training to become Camp Director. Initial internship to include assisting present Camp Director with educational programs during four weeks of nature study with children and teens, in June and July 2019. Tasks during camp sessions will include teaching nature subjects, serving as counselors of boys and girls, leading activities for up to 24 campers (age 8 to 16), and guiding campers to produce illustrations and written material for 16-page annual newsletter.

Future work as Camp Director may include development, expansion and oversight of all camp programs, budgeting and fundraising, staff search and training, administration of small nonprofit organization, as well as organizing and leading educational activities during camp sessions, including classes and outings for adults. Duties may also include developing and maintaining facilities including buildings, gardens, trails and campsite, and associated tools and equipment.

Activities at this unique, small but growing day camp are almost all outdoors. We focus on nature observation and building a cooperative camp community. We seek to avoid abstract concepts, established scientific theories, reliance on technology and textbooks, and indoctrination of any sort. Candidates must be willing to attend camp-sponsored training and classes in our special approach to nature study and educational guidelines.

Desirable skills and experience:

•   Strong background in nature observation and study.

•   Ability to work with children with sensitivity to their needs, and to guide them in activities that are both engaging and real.

•  Training, interest or experience related to Waldorf pedagogy, Goethean (phenomenological, experiential) science, community building, and direct observation of natural phenomena.


•  $3,200 for initial internship (4 weeks plus training and planning meetings).

•  Salary for permanent Camp Director position to be determined based on expansion of educational program, extent of facility work, and available funds.


•   The Counselors assist Camp Director and Assistant Directors with all camp activities as requested when camp is in session. In addition to general guidance and counseling of boys and girls, they serve as instructors and leaders of selected camp activities such as Counselor Features. They provide list of exact location where each camper is spending the night during our night of camping, and make sure that each camper is well equipped for camping in the woods. Counselors are expected to adhere closely at all times to all guidelines listed on attached “Counselor Duties” and are mentors to Counselors-in-Training. Counselors participate in off-season planning and training activities.

•   Counselors are paid $1200 for 2 camp sessions (4 weeks plus training and planning meetings.)

To apply:

Candidates please mail a Letter of Interest, along with resume, before April 15, 2019 to: Camp Director, Rapp Nature Camp, P.O. Box 145, Sperryville, VA 22740. Final selection of intern will require clear background check.


We hold volunteer work parties once or twice a year to help get camp ready for the kids. If you have a relatively strong back, like to work outdoors in a beautiful space with fun people, let us know, and we’ll invite you to our next work party!