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Become A Summer Camp Counselor

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Working As A Summer Camp Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $23,320

    Average Salary

What Does A Summer Camp Counselor Do At Jewish Community Center

* Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
* Be conscious of and protecting the health, safety and welfare of all campers in any area or programs at camp.
* Being able to assist campers in an emergency.
* Accompany campers to main program areas and particpating in programming.
* Lead small and large group activities.
* Superve campers participation in structured and unstructured activities.
* Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers served and acting appropriately with campers in a variety of situations.
* Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques - enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
* Attend all staff meetings, open house, special and camp-wide programs, parent-staff meetings and family nights as designated by the Camp Director

What Does A Summer Camp Counselor Do At Easter Seals

* Include, but are not limited to):
* Develop positive relationships with campers that enhance the camping experience and ensure that campers feel safe and cared for
* Help campers create and plan activities in the cabin for talent night, skits, and other programs
* Ensure camper safety and wellbeing at all times.
* Provide assistance to campers with bathing, toileting, feeding, and other personal care
* Engage and assist campers with a high level of energy and enthusiasm during activities including swimming, arts and crafts, the challenge course, sports and games, and evening programs
* Assist with maintaining the cleanliness of cabins and the camp grounds

What Does A Summer Camp Counselor Do At Copper Mountain Resort

* Ensure the safety of our guests and employees
* Supervise coaches by planning, assigning, and directing work as well as reviewing performance on a regular and consistent basis
* Encourage, reward, and discipline conduct as appropriate
* Address employee and customer complaints and resolve problems
* Create weekly schedules, sign off on payroll, and manage labor according to budget and business volume
* Train new and existing coaches on all aspects of the job
* Teach air-awareness, body control, balance, coordination, and other skills
* Open and close all campus zones and facilities, in accordance to camp procedures.
* Identify and execute repair and maintenance of features and equipment
* Oversee, assign and perform regular cleaning and maintenance inside and outside the Bunker
* Oversee campers and staff in the Bunker and Bunkhouse during summer camp
* Live on campus during summer camp and be a part of overall camp life and culture
* Create a working environment that inspires employees and guests to have fun and create lasting memories
* Uphold the highest standard of professionalism as a member of the Woodward coaching staff
* Work closely with Program Manager to develop coaching model, training, and retention
* Communicate effectively and motivate children, teens and adults
* Communicate effectively with parents
* Maintain a positive relationship with Boreal and Soda Springs staff, guests, and others in the community
* Make suggestions on improvements to the overall Woodward experience
* Manage staff in a professional manner
* Treat all employees equally and fairly
* Uphold company policies and procedures

What Does A Summer Camp Counselor Do At Galileo Headquarters

* Lead your team of up to 18 campers throughout the week to art, science and outdoor rotations
* Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
* Assist Lead Instructors in the classroom as they deliver curriculum to your team of campers
* Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
* Support camper check-in and check-out processes
* Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with them on a daily basis about their camper’s experience
* Write daily updates to families and weekly camper certificates
* Assist with daily setup and cleanup of camp and assist Instructors with lesson preparation
* Contribute to and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming
* The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member.
* Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary.
* We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp’s success.
* General Camp Staff Hours Information:
* Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
* Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
* Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
* Before setup days begin, complete between 2
* hours of online training
* Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
* Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 5
* hours, typically an extra 1
* hours at the end of each day during the final week of camp.
* On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which will be 6pm at the earliest
* Position
* Specific Hours Information:
* The camp day runs, on average, 8
* hours for Summer Camp Counselors.
* Summer Camp Counselors typically work 7:45am
* pm, with some also working Extended Care hours until as late as 6pm.
* We are committed to competitively compensating staff.
* Regarding compensation:
* Summer Camp Counselors are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $11
* per hour
* Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2
* hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training.
* Training and setup day hours will be compensated at a regular hourly rate of $11
* per hour
* Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time
* Overtime will be paid at 1
* x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements
* Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week
* General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by Camp Director

What Does A Summer Camp Counselor Do At Conservation Legacy

* As an SECC YCC program participant, work effectively as member of crew; perform heavy manual labor related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapts to various climates; camps overnight outdoors in wilderness areas near work sites for short or extended periods of time; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills and outdoor living skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.
* A parent open house before the season starts is a mandatory event for participation in the program.
* Expectations:
* SECC is a drug-free organization; alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited.
* SECC is an independent, non-residential program.
* The corpsmember must supply their own personal equipment such as a day pack, work pants, hiking/work boots, etc.
* SECC will provide the camp equipment, tools, protective gear and transportation to and from projects.
* The corpsmember is expected to provide their own transportation to and from the SECC office before and after each “hitch” on Monday’s at 7:30am and Friday’s at 4:00pm.
* While the staff at SECC works to provide consistency throughout the season personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs**.
* Project Work:
* SECC works with a variety of land management agencies in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast region, such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, State Parks and conservation-based non-profits.
* Projects vary but include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, fencing on public lands, invasive weed removal, and many others

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How To Become A Summer Camp Counselor

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.


As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Summer Camp Counselor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Korean

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Turkish

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Ukrainian

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Top Summer Camp Counselor Skills

  1. Daily Activities
  2. Summer Camps
  3. Fellow Counselors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created an enjoyable and safe environment for camp children through inventing daily activities and supervising recreational outings.
  • Instructed and supervised two, week long science based summer camps designed by NASA for students age 5-14.
  • Served as mediator and counselor to both campers and fellow counselors.
  • Worked with a team to supervise and counsel young people
  • Implement weekly lesson plans corresponding with activities.

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