Camp Hilltop Staff

One of the keys to Hilltop's success is our staff. We take pride in the valuable people we hire. They are the most important people to our families, our campers and to us. We recruit counselors who are college age and above, as well as graduate students and teachers for our Senior Staff positions. The average age of the Hilltop staff is twenty-three.

Hilltop is an international environment both in campers and staff. Our staff comes from around the world, including; the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and other countries. No matter where Hilltop's staff are originally from, they have a desire to have a positive impact on children, have specialized skills and have what we feel it takes to be a great camp counselor.

All Hilltop staff members go through an extensive application and interview process. We provide an in-depth, week long orientation prior to campers’ arrival and work with them throughout the summer.

Hilltop has a high rate of amazing counselors returning each summer, to the delight of our campers and families.

2018 Staff Profiles

Here is a sample of some of the amazing counselors we have lined up for the 2018 camp season:

Name: Yasmin
Age: 23
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
University: BSC Criminological Studies at Abertay University.
Interesting fact about self: I have travelled 11 countries since I left camp last summer!
Experience with kids: I was a swim teacher throughout university, teaching kids of all ages. I have been a camp counselor at Hilltop for two summers (’15 &’17), spending the summers at the waterfront and a cabin counsellor in G6. Whilst on my travels I have also volunteered and met a lot of kids along the way who have taught me that you don’t need a lot in life to still be content and happy.
Why I want to be a camp counsellor: Being a camp counsellor for the summer is a highly rewarding job and one that always challenges you, brings out the best in you and puts a huge smile on your face. Kids are everything at Hilltop and everyone becomes a community where you want to try new things in a fun environment, where being surrounded by great people encourages you to achieve great things. Being a positive role model for kids to become confident, independent individuals, striving to learn from one another; in turn making memories that coming to a summer camp you can’t get from the outside world.
Why I chose to work at Hilltop: It’s a place where you can be whoever you want to be and no questions are asked. Each summer I come back because the Hilltop environment is a place where you see people grow both individually and as a community. Being at Hilltop is just a place where you feel comfortable, have fun and be you and that’s why working at Hilltop is one of the best jobs!

Name: Dom F
Age: 20
Hometown: Manchester, United Kingdom
Job: Junior Accountant
Interesting fact about myself: I can multiply any two-digit number by a single digit number within a second.
Experience with kids: I’ve been a soccer coach at a local club for three years. I work with children from 8 to 13 years old on a weekly basis.
Why I want to be a camp counsellor: This opportunity for me is truly a once in a lifetime. It’s obviously going to be a huge change from sitting in an office all day and I’m really looking forward to working with the children and coaching the sport I love full time.
Why I chose to work at Hilltop: I love the family environment. My family is something that is hugely important in my life and I really feel like I share the same values as the Young family.

Name: Rose
Age: 18
Hometown: NYC
University: Dickinson College, Psychology Major & Spanish and Women & Gender Studies Minor.
Interesting fact about myself: I have been riding horses since I was 8 years old!
Experience with kids: I was a CIT at Camp Hilltop for two years.
Why I want to be a camp counselor: I want to be a camp counselor because I grew up looking up to my counselors when I was a camper, and I want to be a role model for other children. Going to camp is such a valuable experience where a child gains confidence and independence, and I want to be able to be a part of their growth.
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: I chose to work at Camp Hilltop because of the inclusive, caring, and accepting environment that the camp provides. Camp Hilltop is a place for kids to be themselves and to grow into their own person. Camp Hilltop has a set of values for how people should treat one another called “The Hilltop Way” and the campers and counselors embody and live by the Hilltop Way in their everyday lives at camp.

Name: Lauren
Age: 24
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
Job: I have a BSc degree in Sports Coaching and a HND in Sports Coaching and Development. I currently work as a level 2 lead swim teacher at my local council run learn to swim program.
Interesting fact about myself: I used to swim open water swimming, which is where I would swim in freezing lochs in Scotland. I was also a competitive swimmer for 13 years and swam at regional and national levels. My dad is a bagpipe player and used to make bagpipes. He made the bagpipes for the movie Braveheart. 
Experience with kids: I have been a swimming teacher for almost 5 years and a swim coach for 2-3 years.  I teach all different levels and abilities within swimming and teach kids from ages 3-15 years old. 
Why I want to be a camp counselor: I love working with kids and seeing them have fun, progressing through skills and levels and making friends. I would like to gain more knowledge and experience working at summer camp. I also want to make new friends, learn new cultures and develop my skills.
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: Summers 2016-2017 I worked at a day camp and it was a great experience but I would like to work at a residential camp. I like how Hilltop has a friendly, family atmosphere and that the campers can pick 3 of the activities they do each day. I can’t wait to experience evening activities and cabin time!

Name: Liam
Age: 22
Hometown: Newcastle, UK
University: Biomedical Sciences at Northumbria
Interesting fact about myself: I once had breakfast with Jerry Springer as my family were being interviewed on the same daytime TV show he was on.
Experience with kids: I worked as a counselor at Hilltop last summer and in the UK I am a volunteer swimming, first aid and lifesaving instructor.
Why I want to be a camp counselor: To be able to work with one another as part of a community and to make a difference in people’s lives, become a role model for campers and help them learn new skills and have an unforgettable experience.
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: Hilltop is an amazing place with so much to offer. I chose to work at Hilltop because of the great sense of family and community that the camp has where everyone is made to feel welcome and can be themselves.

Name: Dom S
Age: 23
Hometown: York, England
University:  Manchester University doing a PGCE in Economics and Business.
Interesting fact about myself: I have qualified and played in the Irish Open (Tennis).
Experience with kids: I have over 6 years of tennis coaching experience; I have experience in the classroom also as over the last year I have been training to become a business and Economics teacher.
Why I want to be a camp counselor: Having the ability to teach kids new skills and see that first ‘lightbulb’ moment when they get it is magical. At camp I have the opportunity to see this hourly whether it be on the Tennis Court or building a birdhouse!
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: I will be returning for my 3rd year to Hilltop and it is for one main reason: The People. The family atmosphere that camp creates is amazing; the friendships you create will last a lifetime and will give you connections all over the world. It truly is a home.

Name: Benjamin
Age: 21
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Job: Head camp director at a horse riding school.  I am in charge of over 25 horse's health and well being. On a weekly basis, I have around 40 children in the riding school.
Interesting fact about myself: I love to explore new places and I've traveled to over 10 different countries.  I'm from a family of 5 with siblings living in Canada and Australia.
Experience with kids: Working pony camp has given me lot of experience working with kids.
Why I want to be a camp counselor: I wanted to be a camp counselor because I more or less do it here in Ireland but to experience it in a different country would be amazing.
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: Camp Hilltop and myself more or less picked each other, We stand for the same values.

Name: Jack
Age: 18
Hometown: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
University: Working on my Masters in Mathematics, Queen's University
Interesting fact about myself: I went to India in October 2016 to help the Delhi based charity Asha by working at a children's center in a slum colony called Mayapuri.
Experience with kids: I have helped coach kid’s tennis on numerous occasions over the past 4 years and also helped run the children's program at the slum center in India
Why I want to be a camp counselor: I love working with kids and really want to learn valuable skills in caring for them as I would like to be a math teacher when I graduate, and what better way to do that than at camp!  I can't wait to get stuck into camp life and all that it'll throw at me, all while having more than a few laughs along the way!
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: The family values and how they care about everyone on camp, it was just so welcoming!

Name: Rachel
Age: 18
Hometown: New Milford, CT, USA
University: Temple University, Environmental Science B.S.
Interesting fact about myself: I attended Camp Hilltop for four years as a camper, I love theater, photography, and sports! I played volleyball throughout high school, however, as a camper archery was definitely my favorite intensive.
Experience with kids: I babysat when I was younger and I was a CIT at Hilltop as well!
Why I want to be a camp counselor: I know how impactful summers are to kids, and my counselors when I was younger, taught me many lessons and they were great role models. I want to be able to provide a safe and fun experience to my campers and everyone at Hilltop!
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: I love the positive and welcoming environment Hilltop has to offer the kids. It is like a second home to me and my fellow returners, I can't wait to be back!

Name: Frase
Age: 24
Hometown: Adelaide, Australia.
School: University of South Australia - Bachelor of Architectural Studies.
Interesting Fact: I have been living, studying and working overseas since 2015 and have been to 39 countries.
Why I want to be a counselor: I have always loved sport, working with kids and traveling so camp seemed like a perfect fit. Due to timing of university in Australia I was never able to attend a summer camp but since graduating, the summer at Hilltop seemed like a great opportunity.
Why I choose to work at Hilltop: It may seem like a cliché but Hilltop really is a home away from home. Last year was my first summer and I couldn’t have felt more welcome from everyone at camp. There is so much diversity from staff and campers alike and it provides a refreshing perspective to live in an environment which doesn’t revolve around technology. There are so many new experiences waiting for everyone at Hilltop and I can’t wait to get back there this summer and do it all again!