Summer of Hope 2023

Believe in yourself. Believe in others. Believe in your dreams…

The Summer of Hope is a values-based, “Challenge by Choice” program with a focus on praising children for observed and developing character traits through the course of an 8-10 day program. This program is exclusively provided to youth experiencing foster care in Monroe County.

“Challenge by Choice” refers to challenging children to try new activities and activities with perceived danger or risk while allowing them to opt out of those activities if the challenge creates unmanageable stress or fear. The youth is responsible for determining and selecting what kind of participation level presents an optimal learning opportunity for themselves. By acknowledging whether they are in their comfort, challenge, or panic zone during an activity, campers build self-awareness as well as confidence in being able to overcome challenges, choosing to step outside of their comfort zone while setting boundaries when they are beyond their challenge zone and in their panic zone.

What are we looking for?

(click below to see job description for each position)

How to apply for the best job in the world!

If you are interested in our camp positions, we encourage you to apply. Please use our volunteer application for the kitchen crew position. Before you begin please read all the information presented carefully. Only then can you understand what Camp Hope is all about and the commitment it takes to be on staff with us.

All applicants must fully complete an application and be ready for a comprehensive interview by our directors. Three references with contact information must be included. Once this process is complete, we will contact you regarding your potential job status.

Before applying for the mission at Summer of Hope, ask yourself if you are ready, willing and able to…

  • Be a selfless team leader?

  • Conduct myself in a positive manner?

  • Be timely?

  • Be consistent in my attitudes and actions?

  • Be counted on?

  • Follow workplace policies and regulations in working with children?

  • Complete a thorough national background check?

If you have answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, you may want a different summer experience.

If you answered a resounding ‘yes’ to the questions, you are on your way to the most rewarding way possible to spend a summer.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Application Process

  1. Fill out the application completely and return it to The Hub585 (via email: by June 15, 2023.
  2. Give the reference forms on the last two pages to your desired references. Be sure to do this early enough so they have time to complete the form and send it to us. You should provide them with an addressed, stamped envelope so they can mail the reference form to us. Each reference should be from someone who knows you well, such as a teacher, employer, coach, mentor, or friend (over 18). If you use a friend for one reference, please use someone who can speak about you from a professional stand point for the other reference.  Relatives are not acceptable references.
  3. Contact us or visit our website at for more important information including job descriptions and the camp dress code.
  4. We will notify you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been accepted to work at the Summer of Hope Program. Please feel free to call us to verify that we have received all parts of your application.

    Please note that completing the application and attending a training day does not automatically make you eligible to work at the Summer of Hope program; rather, it gives us the information we need to be able to make a decision about hiring you.