Excellent post by Tom Wright…
Many people prefer to spend their summers working at a camp, and for good reason. It’s a tough, but very fun job that carries a lot of responsibility and dedication.
Camp counselors, also known as cabin/activity counselors, carry out the activities they highlighted in their CV as well as supervising campers as they move between their activities. Counselors may also find themselves assisting in other activities which are part of the camper’s daily schedule and carried out throughout the camp.
A good cabin counselor is also required to have a strong all round skill set and ideally be able to take the lead in one or more specific activities. This is preferred by camp directors as they want staff with a balanced skill set and able to fill someone else’s shoes too if plans change on short notice.
This position is for those who have a certification or experience in teaching an in-demand skill. A specialist counselor is required to give classes related to a specific activity or multiple activities to the campers. Specialist counselors, like normal counselors, will be responsible for the campers’ wellbeing and they too have childcare duties assigned to them. Depending on your camp special counselors may live in campers’ cabins.
No camp or venture can succeed without the support of the behind the scenes staff, rightfully called the support staff. If you have experience of working in an office, maintenance, housekeeping or kitchen then you can apply to be part of the support staff. Support staff make sure that the camp has the facilities, equipment and sufficient food to keep the camp running smoothly. Support staff get higher salaries, are usually allocated more idle time and they live in cabins separate from campers.
How old do you have to be then?
Since being camp counselor or part of the support staff is a challenging job with loads of responsibility, all camp agencies require applicants to be a minimum of 18 years old from on June 1st for the summer they’re applying for. Some camps even prefer people who are at least 21 years old. Often camps give priority to college graduates and college students when choosing camp counselors as they’re seen to be more responsible. For support staff a lot of camps have a minimum age limit of 18 years.