Become a Camp Counselor Today!
If you have a soft spot for foster youth and a love for camp, we want you!
Our counselors are the lifeblood of Camp To Belong. Counselors come from many walks of life and career paths, including social workers, computer programmers, educators, first-responders, nurses, students, mothers, fathers, siblings, doctors, and even former youth in care. Counselors do not need experience working with children, but they do need to be open minded, kind, caring and want to spend a week with youth of all ages.
The counselor role is both rewarding and exhausting. Counselors are with campers 24/7 and must provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Counselors eat with campers, stay in cabins with campers, and support campers throughout the day and night in their various activities and interactions. Counselors are responsible for supporting and encouraging each camper to participate fully in all aspects of camp, allowing campers to gain maximum benefit from their experience. They perform a key role based on trust, empathy, and mutual respect for campers, volunteer counselors and host camp staff alike.
Camp Counselor Requirements:
Minimum 21 years of age
Physical and mental capability of caring for campers
Knowledge of camp or camping experience
Desire and ability to work with youth outdoors
Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR certification a plus
Ability to maintain a positive cabin environment
Skills in encouraging problem solving, group cohesion and building self-esteem
Ability to work with others collaboratively and effectively
Patience, adaptability, flexibility and self-control
Good character and integrity
Enthusiasm and sense of humor
Camp Counselor Responsibilities:
Ensure health and safety of campers
Work alongside Lead Counselors, Cabin Counselors, Family Counselors and host camp staff in the development, planning and implementation of camp program activities
Lead camp programs and other activities as assigned
Communicate appropriate triumphs and challenges between cabin and family counselors as campers transition
Review all camp training manuals/communications and attend camp training prior to camp session
Interact and support all activities of individual campers and with their siblings
All volunteer camp counselors must commit to the entire camp session, including counselor training and wrap-up. Our campers have people coming and going from their lives all the time, so it is imperative for counselors to be prepared and committed to offering stability and support throughout the entire camp.
What to Expect
Training: All camp counselors participate in a mandatory three-day training session immediately prior to camp. This weekend is designed to help you get to know the team and learn about the kids we will be serving. It’s also a great time to ask questions and connect with veteran staff members.
Accommodations: Camp counselors sleep in the cabins with campers. Cabins are typically comprised of 3-4 counselors and 8-10 campers (boys and girls in separate cabins). You will need to bring bedding, towels and toiletries.
Breaks: Counselors receive an hour break every day. This time can be used to check your email, return a phone call, take a nap, or grab a coffee or snack.
STEPS TO APPLY AS A CAMP COUNSELOR VOLUNTEER:
Complete online application
Complete/submit background clearances (view background check policies)
Complete volunteer training