Summer Camp Kitchen Staff Job Description

Would you like to spend the summer months working at a fun summer camp location but don't feel that you are particularly great working with children or would rather not have the responsibility of working with campers 24 hours a day. If so then remember all of those hungry little mouths need feeding and all summer camps offer jobs in other operational positions such as kitchen staff.

Working as a cook at a summer camp you will be required to work as part of a team and prepare meals on a daily basis for campers and camp counselors. This will usually mean being up early to prepare breakfast, then preparing lunch and an evening dinner.

In addition to preparing meals you will also likely have other responsibilities such as cleaning the kitchen and appliances used in the kitchen, monitoring stock levels, completing order forms based on supplies that are required and also making sure that you pay close attention the the special dietary requirements of campers that may have certain allergies such as nut allergies.

Rate of Pay

Well lets be honest, most summer camp positions don't offer you the kind of money that will allow you to retire at the end of the summer. The rate of pay for kitchen staff is quite basic but you will have the luxury of having food and board covered. Most camp workers are able to save enough money so that they can go traveling a little at the end of the summer.


It is not required that you have any formal qualifications but if you do have some formal catering training then that certainly will not harm your chances of landing a position wrking in the kitchen.

What They Say

"I applied to work as a kitchen staff memeber at a camp in Colorado. It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed working in the kitchens as although I love kids and being around them, having to supervise campers 24 hours a day was not really what I wanted. Working in the kitchen allowed me to still enjoy the camp experience and atmosphere without the other responsibilities."

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