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About Camp Zanika

Camp Zanika is nestled on the shores of Lake Wenatchee some 25 miles from Leavenworth in the Washington Cascade Mountain Range, and lies within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Camp Zanika is accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting hundreds of safety, health, facilities, and administration standards. Every Summer we welcome over 800 campers ages 6-17 from all different backgrounds and abilities. 

Our hard working, knowledgeable, and amazing staff is Camp Zanika’s greatest asset. For over 89 years Camp Zanika Lache has striven to find unique, safety minded individuals who enhance our programs with their own personality and spirit. Camp Zanika Summer Staff are required to be outdoors throughout the day and actively engage with all youth throughout the entire programming period.

Camp Fire NCW believes that in order for children to have a positive camping experience a well-trained, mature, enthusiastic staff is key. Camp staff are carefully chosen for their experience, values, and dedication to providing a fun summer experience for all youth in attendance. Camp Fire NCW, Camp Zanika, and its staff are dedicated to providing a safe environment for both campers and staff.

Camp Zanika Lache is proud to be a part of Camp Fire, a national youth agency with a strong focus on valuing youth voices, leadership, and inclusion. Camp Zanika  is all-inclusive welcoming campers and staff from all backgrounds.  Acceptance and participation in our programs is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.



Staff are required to have at least one to two years of college or have gone through a leader in training, and/or counselor in training program at Camp Zanika or one of our sister camps in Washington.  All Staff members undergo extensive training immediately prior to the camp season.  This training emphasizing safety, child development & growth, and group dynamics.  This training includes social/emotional facilitation where campers are encouraged to not only process feelings and behavior, but to resolve conflict and gain confidence.  This, in turn, helps campers develop a sense of belonging and skill in decision making.

Reference checks and criminal history background checks, including national database for sex offenders, are completed on all staff and volunteers. First Aid/CPR/AED training is required for all staff before arriving at camp. Lifeguards, Ropes Course Staff, Kitchen Staff, and Tripping Director require additional certification that we can assist in acquiring. 

 How to Apply

  1. Read the Working at Camp Info & 2023 Job Information Sheet
  2. Fill out & return a Job Application – OnlineDownload
  3. Wait for us to contact you to set up a first interview.
 Online Staff Application

Downloadable Staff Application

2023 Staff Paperwork

Contact Camp Zanika for more information

Volunteer Nurses

Camp Zanika is always looking for doctors (MDs), nurses (RNs), or EMTs to volunteer for a week or more during our summer sessions.  These volunteers work beside our terrific staff and campers throughout the week, not only working the nurses cabin, but participating in with staff during activities and helping to provide campers with memories that will last a lifetime.  Volunteering medical personnel reside in their own cabin on camp, known affectionately as the Holiday House.  This cabin has its own bathroom with hot & cold water, as well as its own refrigerator.  The cabinets and drawers contain all the supplies a doctor, nurse, or EMT may need for general medical needs that may arise during a summer session, as well as a place to lock-up and secure the daily medications of the campers in attendance.
In exchange for their service, volunteer medical personnel are allow to bring their children with them for the week at no cost.




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Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within