Got Plans this Summer?


At Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, our Summer Program has one goal: to empower through nature and adventure. Our Summer Program hosts 12 diagnosis-specific camps that bring together a diverse group of campers with a shared experience. Throughout the week, campers participate in a variety of activities including high ropes, archery, fishing, campfire and scavenger hunts where they are personally challenged and encouraged to come together to support one another. Each week is a unique experience with different opportunities to learn and grow, and new campers to get to know. One week you will watch as teens with hand differences unite their teams with chants and capture each other’s team flags, and the next you will be overcome with emotion as you listen to a quieter camper at bereavement camp break out of their shell by singing in the talent show.


Because our camp is smaller than many others, staff members get the chance to bond with each individual camper while at activities, sharing meals, or splashing around in the pool. Since our Summer Program Intern staff is small, you will get the chance to live and work together with your peers, gaining a new family based on meaningful shared experiences. The friendships you make this summer will last a lifetime.


Throughout the three months, you can expect to build upon a foundation of valuable skills all while getting to work and play outside. Public speaking, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving will be strong suits of anyone leaving the internship at the end of the summer.


Although our Summer Program Interns spend a large amount of time with campers, their role differs from many other camps. You will be trained to facilitate all activities, support the maintenance of facilities, and assist program leadership where possible. As a result, you will learn a wide variety of activities and get to participate in all aspects of summer camp fun. While getting to spend the summer working outdoors together, you will be challenged to embrace your creative, sillier side and escape from the day-to-day stresses of life outside of camp. In creating the magic of camp for every child that enters PK’s gates this summer, you just might be swept up in the magic yourself!


“Working at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom has truly been the most inspiring and empowering experience I have ever been a part of.” –Former Summer Program Intern



2018 Program Dates:

May 18th – August 18th


Application Requirements:

First time applicants must submit:

Completed application for first time applicants

2 online recommendation forms

Current resume

Official college transcripts

Returning applicants must submit:

Completed application for returning applicants

Current resume

Official college transcripts


Education Requirements:

-High school diploma

-One year of college completed or equivalent experience


On-site training provided:

Food Handlers Permit

American Red Cross Lifeguard/ CPR Certification

VPKRC High/Low Ropes Facilitation

USA Archery Instructor Certification


Application materials should be emailed to or mailed to:

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children
19051 FM 2484
Killeen, TX 76542