A camp counselor is a position that generally works with children in an after-school or summer-long capacity. It is not necessarily required that a camp counselor has a degree, as some camps recruit high school or college-age individuals for the positions. Camp counselors should be outgoing individuals, who are creative, patient, and able to communicate with children.
Responsibilities of a camp counselor depend on the nature of the camp itself. Some camps are more geared toward outdoors activities, while some are located in cities and focus on crafts or educational events. Camp counselors may be required to pass a background check depending on the camp they apply to work with.
A typical day for a camp counselor varies according to the focus of the camp itself. If the camp is an overnight camp, getting the children out of bed and prepped for the day would be the start for those counselors. If it is a day camp, getting the children checked in and prepared for the day’s activities would be their first priority. Usually the camps will have an agenda that dictates the rest of the day and the activities a counselor would be overseeing. While the main goal of the camp is to have a great time, a counselor would have to be prepared for potential emergencies or conflicts. Most counselors need to be trained in first aid and CPR.
Camp Counselor Tasks
Assist campers with cleaning and other routine duties.
Lead small group activities in numerous areas such as art, fitness, and social engagement.
Assist with group supervision of campers.
Work with other camp staff to promote fun, health, safety and etiquette.