What does a Camp Counselor do?

Camp counselors plan, organize, implement, and lead age-appropriate activities for children. Activities generally include arts and crafts, sports, nature, songs, and an element of education. Aside from leading children through activities, camp counselors are also responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of campers. Camp counselors usually have a knack for creating an accepting, positive, and wholesome environment.

Camp counselors must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). In addition, most camp counselors must be CPR and AED certified, have completed some first aid training, and can pass a background check. Most people working as camp counselors do so seasonally, usually during the summer. The best camp counselors have a passion for working with children, strong communication skills, and are able to multi-task.

What responsibilities are common for Camp Counselor jobs?
  • Ensure a group of assigned campers is supervised and safe
  • Utilize appropriate behavior management techniques
  • Prepare and lead a variety of activities that are age-appropriate
  • Model good behavior for campers as it relates to sportsmanship, manners, and respectfulness
  • Identify teachable moments and capitalize on them
  • Perform all responsibilities in a manner that guarantees the safety of campers
  • Facilitate and encourage participation in camp activities
  • Interact with parents in a professional and polite manner
What are the typical qualifications for Camp Counselor jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • 1 year of experience supervising and working with children, preferably as a camp counselor or teacher
  • Certification in CPR and AED
  • First aid skills and training
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • General mobility including, but not limited, to walking, kneeling, and standing
  • Proven ability to maintain a safe environment for others in adherence with provided protocol and standards
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and lead activities for large groups of children
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Camp Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£19,268 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£13K
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£30K
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
8%
2 - 4
3%
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0%
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89%
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Camp CodyCamp Cody
Camp Counselor
21 Feb 2020

“You make some amazing friends and it is a summer job / experience you wont find anywhere else!”

New Jersey YMHA-YWHA CampsNew Jersey YMHA-YWHA Camps
Summer Camp Counselor
28 Jul 2020

“It’s a great job for college students looking to have a fun summer and meet lifelong friends”

Geneva Park DistrictGeneva Park District
Camp Counselor
30 Mar 2022

“I met some great people through this job and have enjoyed every summer working here.”

Greater Philadelphia YMCAGreater Philadelphia YMCA
Camp Counselor
10 May 2022

“It was a fun and welcoming environment and I got to help a lot of kids.”

DecathlonDecathlon
Omni Sport Leader
17 May 2022

“You will enjoy the work but at last you will know that your work life balance is going worse.”

Wilmette Park DistrictWilmette Park District
Summer Camp Counselor
5 Mar 2021

“the pay was not very good when I worked and I applied again the next year but never got a response.”

Peoria Park DistrictPeoria Park District
Summer Camp Counselor
1 Apr 2021

“it was pretty fun and it was great meeting new people”

Camp Farley
Camp Counselor
6 Apr 2022

“Fun place to work and good peopl”

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