Summer Teaching Staff (Beach Camp MMA)

Beach Camp MMA provides teaching and leadership opportunities for college undergrads from around the county and the world. Our seasonal staff of 30+ college students obtain valuable leadership and teaching experience as well as participating in marine science research and monitoring projects.

What does it involve?

The Beach Camp MMA program consists of 2 training weeks plus 8 full week sessions where summer counselor teaching assistants are assigned to a new group of students each week. Like any manager within an organization, summer counselor TAs instruct, lead, and motivate their group of young people to accomplish a wide variety of outdoor education activities and tasks each week. Also like real world managers and teachers, to be effective this leadership must be accomplished through fun and encouragement. Our summer counselor TA's work toward finding their leadership voice with the opportunity to learn and grow each week with a new group of students. For those passionate about the environment and outdoor education, and doing something positive for the next generation, there is simply no more valuable and rewarding way to spend a summer.

I'm headed to grad school, what can the MMA do for me?

For seniors heading for grad school in Seattle, we have off season opportunities which include room and board accommodations in our modern waterfront apartments. The off season program makes it possible for grad students to pursue graduate studies while minimizing further debt, as well as building their resume with MMA research and monitoring projects.

I'm a graduating senior and still don't know what I want to do following graduation, are there MMA opportunities for me?

Graduating without immediate plans is common but stressful, and Beach Camp MMA can help.


Our mission here is two-fold. To educate and empower our students with outdoor education life skills. And, to educate and empower our Summer Staff and help them work their way into meaningful career and educational opportunities.

There is simply no better way of developing the type of soft skills necessary for success in your first real world “big” job than spending a summer here. It goes without saying that you can accomplish a lot more a lot quicker with a team or organization behind you than you can on your own. However, it is a lot harder to work successfully within an organization than it is on your own because working within and organization requires special “soft skills” that take time and practice opportunities to develop.

​The three main soft skills necessary to get along and advance within an organization are “managing up” (dealing with your boss or bosses), “managing down” (dealing with your subordinates), and “managing across” (dealing with your peers in the organization).  All three take real world practice to develop. There’s no book that can do it for you, and there is no one single way to be. Everyone needs to find their own way, and our programs offer a unique opportunity for college students to practice these soft skills and develop the confidence to find their own unique leadership voice.​

How do I turn my summer here into a real world job or grad school opportunity?          

For those coming from around the country, the Sunset Bay Wharf is located only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, one of the most vibrant employment centers in the nation. A summer in Seattle can provide important local knowledge and an opportunity to connect with parents and young people from major Seattle based employers such as Amazon, Microsoft, REI, Boeing, Costco, Starbucks, the University of Washington, and many others.  

Although there is never anything easy about getting into a selective grad schools, or obtaining meaningful work and financial independence right out of an undergrad, we offer a well trod path and supportive environment for young people to relax, grow, learn, and achieve their dreams.

Summer Teaching Staff (Summer Law+)

Summer Law School+ provides a great opportunity for talented law students from around the county to hone their teaching and communications skills while keeping current in the core legal subject areas needed for the bar exam.  

Summer Law+ "associate professors" live and work with their group of 10 high school students under the direction of a practicing attorney from the local area. You will be co-teaching with another summer law student AP with their own 10 student section. 

You will also have the opportunity to network with outside attorneys, judges and elected officials in arranging evening law speakers for your class.    

What kind of commitment does it involve?

Summer Law+ APs must serve a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks, and be comfortable and committed to discussion classes and the Socratic method of teaching. You will be paired with another AP teaching the same subject in two 10 student classes which may be combined for certain subjects. 

Summer Law+ classes run from 8 to noon with beach time after lunch and law speakers in the evenings. You and your students sleep in single gender law dorms and eat together on the pier or Wharf picnic areas. You will be also be assigned one high school student assistant of your choosing.

I'm a graduating L3 and still don't know what I want to do following graduation, are there opportunities for me here?

Summer Law + is a great place to spend the summer for anyone prioritizing studying for the bar exam. In addition, those graduating without a lot of student debt may be interested in a live-work arrangement with our public interest law firm Bayside Law in the fall where they can gain valuable legal experience pursuing worthwhile projects.   

CITs (Beach Camp MMA & Summer Law+)

​Beach Camp and Summer Law+ recruit nationally and internationally for the best possible staff to instruct and inspire our students, and we are also committed to developing our own talent through multi-year progression all the way through high school which allows Beach Camp students to progress through the various levels of knowledge and responsibility necessary for full paid counselor TA positions when they reach college. 

Campers with substantial Beach Camp experience and the requisite maturity and responsibility are eligible for the CIT program where they shadow or work alongside Beach Camp Counselor TAs or Summer Law+ APs to help plan and deliver the highest quality and safest summer program possible. There are 3 CIT levels, CIT 1 (tuition continues to apply), CIT 2 (CITs attend camp free of charge), and CIT 3 (CITs earn a stipend). 

How to be a CIT?

Applications are sent out in the Spring to Orcas from last season who expressed interest in the CIT program. I you are not certain you are on this list from last summer, please send us and email in the off season expressing interest. CITs are chosen based on space available and prior experience and performance as a Beach Camper or Summer Law+ student. There are 3 CIT levels, CIT 1 (tuition continues to apply), CIT 2 (tuition free of charge), and CIT 3/JC (Stipend paid). New Beach Camp Orcas and Summer Law students who demonstrate special ability and maturity may also be eligible for promotion to CIT on subsequent weeks based on their interest and Staff recommendations.