Do you have a desire to make a difference in a child’s life? Here is your opportunity! Cheerio strives to make each camper’s experience the most magical week of his or her year. Campers choose to return to their “Home Away from Home” at Camp Cheerio because our staff nurture friendship, excitement, and a sense of belonging to each child. At Cheerio we focus on relationships, with our campers, with each other, and with God. Through these relationships, we build an encouraging and positive environment that allows every camper and member of our staff to grow personally in many ways.
As a staff member, you will learn to manage a cabin of campers, provide friendships to a diverse group of campers and staff, and create your own relationships and memories that will truly last a lifetime. It is impossible to experience Camp each day together and not develop an unbreakable and unforgettable bond with your co-workers. You will prove to yourself you are able to exceed physical, emotional, and mental boundaries in which you thought you had. Additionally, you will enjoy life without a screen in front of you. Creating face to face relationships, away from the filters of social media and worldly distractions, allows for pure and unconditional friendships to be formed. You will wallk away at the end of your time as a Cheerio staff feeling proud in knowing that you truly did make a difference in many lives.
Cheerio on the New River is nestled on 150 acres surrounded by riverfront in the Mouth of Wilson, VA. We offer week long sessions guided by a coed staff with a maximum of 40 campers per session. Our goal is to expose campers to the natural beauty of the great outdoors in a challenging, fun, and memorable camp experience. We are dedicated to helping campers build a lifetime of love for the outdoors.
The caliber of staff is an important aspect of a quality camping program. Our staff come from many walks of life, but have the commonality of love of youth, the outdoors and teaching outdoor skills. Cheerio on the New River staff are chosen with care and are trained and experienced in the activities they teach and lead. All of our staff will be certified in American Red Cross CPR and Wilderness First Aid. In addition, most of the staff will be certified as “Instructor” by the American Canoe Association. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working with children and have a love and appreciation for the outdoors.
All applicants undergo an interview process. We will also collect three to four references and complete a background check. Our goal is not only to find out if you are the best fit for camp, but also to ensure that Cheerio on the New River is the best fit for you. Working with us will be one of the most rewarding, challenging, and enjoyable ways to spend your summer!
Staff Training: May 31st - June 4th 2022 Girls Camp: June 5th - July 8th 2022 Coed Camp: July 9th - August 19th 2022
Staff Training: May 23rd - June 11th 2022 First Half: June 12th - July 8th 2022 Second Half: July 9th - August 13th 2022
Both Camps have Full Summer Options
There are three options an employee may choose.
If you need an internship and think working at a Residence Camp does not meet the criteria, let us summarize what our staff’s College Professors, Internship Directors, and College Admissions Directors have said about our staff. Working as a Summer Camp Counselor develops skills that are often overlooked in an office environment. Every single day you are developing skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, strategic planning, relationship building, networking, and doing it all while having the time of your life! Many skills required in all work environments are fine-tuned when working in a Camp environment. Please contact our Personnel Director for further information and discussion about how we can meet your internship requirements.
We have several staff that do take online classes while working at Camp Cheerio. Generally, it is best to only take one at a time because the extra time required to complete assignments and attend class is limited. Feel free to talk to a Full Time Staff for more information.
Junior Counselor: At least a Rising 12th Grader in High School
Senior Counselor: At least a Rising Sophomore in College
Climbing Staff: At least a Rising Sophomore in College
Aquatics Staff: At least a Rising Freshman in College
Target Sports Staff: At least a Rising Freshman in College
Kitchen Staff: At least a Rising 12th Grader in High School
Arts Staff: At least a Rising Freshman in College
Riding Staff: At least a Rising 12th Grader in High School
No, in fact we welcome new faces and ideas. Anyone is welcome to apply to join our staff.