at Ekone Ranch
Service & Leadership Opportunities
At Ekone Summer Camp, we are committed to cultivating leadership and important skills among the young people in our community.
2021 Programs: We will have a limited number of spaces for Youth Volunteers this year! This is a great way for experienced Ekone teens to take on a new level of independence and leadership.
Past/Future programs: A few years ago Ekone staff realized that there should be a way for Ekone teens to stay connected to Summer Camp even if they weren't interested in becoming camp staff. And so, we created a youth volunteer program to make that happen! The Youth Volunteer program is for teens 14-19 who want to continue to participate in the camp community while working super hard and learning invaluable skills. Youth Volunteers will work closely with facilities staff and camp staff to tackle ranch projects and keep everything running smoothly. To keep volunteering affordable, there are options for covering cost--please see the Application (click the button below) for more information.
2021 Programs: This year all of our camps are custom-made for teens! Because of this we won't have CITs at camp this year.
Past/Future programs: For campers interested in learning about leadership and giving back to Ekone, we offer a selective CIT opportunity. Most of our CITs have attended camp for a few seasons and have shown that they are hard working, a positive example for other campers, and ready to take on more responsibility. CITs are ages 13-17, and are almost always returning campers. A maximum of four CITs will be selected for each camp session (no CIT positions for Wrangler Camps, Passage Camps or Young Rider Camp). This mentorship is provided as part of the cost of camp--we consider it an investment in the future leadership of summer camp!
For more information on becoming an Ekone summer camp CIT and application instructions, please click below.
2021 Programs: We'll have limited possibilities for internships this year, typically only for youth over 18. Please email if this is something you're interested in!
Past/Future Programs: Our Intern program applies to youth aged 16-22 seeking an in-depth volunteer leadership opportunity at Ekone Summer Camps, usually for 3 weeks at a time. Interns will work closely with camp staff, and participate in planning the camp program, daily decision-making, and leading activities as appropriate. Experienced staff will provide mentorship. This is an excellent opportunity to spend an extended period at Ekone, gain some real experience, and build your resume or college application. We happily provide references and recommendations for our interns, and Ekone experience is proven to be valuable later in life. Internships are unpaid, but unlike many internship programs for this age group, we do not charge Interns anything to live at the ranch for an extended time--we consider your service to summer camp a fair exchange of learning for work.