Camp Counselor Job Description


Job Description

Job Title: Camp Counselor

              Classification:  Seasonal

              Reports to:  Program Director, Summer Staff Coordinators, Maintenance Dept.

Position Purpose: 

Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper.  The Counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

General Ministry Responsibilities:

  1. Live in and help foster Christian community.
  2. Maintain safe and clean environment.
  3. Seek to increase our care for creation.
  4. Promote peace and justice.  Share personal faith in God through words and actions so others may grow in their relationship with God through Christ.

Essential Job Functions:

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.

Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.

Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.

Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.

Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities.

Participate in a two-week paid staff training sessions to learn how to effectively implement program activities, songs, bible studies, and other trainings assigned.

Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.

Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.

Assist in program areas such as aquatics (canoeing & pool), zip line assistance, all camp activities, and arts and crafts as directed.

Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.

Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.

Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.

Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems, and discuss with camp Health Coordinator when appropriate.

Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to the Maintenance Department.

Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.

Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.

Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.

Other Job Duties:

Contribute to verbal evaluations and communication as requested.

Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.

Cover breaks for other counselors.


Counselors generally have regular relationships with kitchen staff, camp grandparents, maintenance staff, and support staff.

Equipment Used:

If you are 21 or older we may ask you to obtain a JO2 driver’s license in order to drive the camp van to transport campers


Must be 18 years of age or high school graduate.

Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.

Must submit health history record form prior to first day of work.

Ability to interact with all age levels.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Understand the development needs of youth.

Understand Lutheran Theology.

Lead bible studies and prayers.

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.

Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities.

Endurance for walking long distances, hiking, and canoeing along with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and bugs.

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