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Camp Counselor Job Description
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Essential Job Functions:

  1. Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
  1. Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
  1. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
  1. Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.



Other Job Duties:
– Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
– Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
– Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
– Assist in the planning of any special events on or near the waterfront.


– Must be 18 years of age or high school graduate.
– Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
– Understand the development needs of youth.
– Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
– Demonstrate knowledge and skill in program areas designated camp program areas.

Physical Aspects of the Job:
– Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
– Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
– Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
– Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
– Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Some physical requirements of a General Counselor position could be endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching;  requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities;  requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs;  willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities;  and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.