Camp Quest Smoky Mountains is staffed and run entirely by adult volunteers (ages 18 and up) who take a week off of work or school to guide, challenge, listen to, chase after, and play outside with a big group of energetic, freethinking kids (and adults!). Most Camp Quest volunteers love the experience so much that they keep coming back year after year.

Please note that all staff positions are unpaid, one-week volunteer positions. Staff must also arrive at camp a day early for orientation and additional training.

Senior camp staff review the applications on a rolling basis and accept new staff based on applicants’ qualifications and the expected number of campers.

Staff members are responsible for getting themselves to and from camp. Meals and housing are provided. Background checks are performed on all staff members.

Counselors are responsible for the safety, well-being, and education of the campers. They sleep in the dorms with the campers and participate in programs and activities with the campers. In addition to this, counselors are encouraged to run one or more programs throughout the week.