Camp counselor

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What does a Camp Counselor do?

A camp counselor is a person who directs, coordinates and supervises camp activities for kids and teenagers. The camp counselor is responsible for creating a fun, safe environment during the camping program. A camp counselor's job involves teaching and leading camp activities. They usually work in an immersive environment with kids between the ages of 7-16 years. A camp counselor can also be referred to as a camp advisor, camp lead or camp director.

Working as a Camp Counselor

While there are many responsibilities as a camp counselor, some that should be expected include:

  • Coordinating, leading and creating camp activities for kids
  • Facilitating interpersonal relationships between campers and settling disputes among them
  • Helping kids in the camp understand ground rules and ensure compliance
  • Organizing and leading evening activities
  • Providing counsel and support to individual campers

How much does a Camp Counselor make in the United States?

Average base salary
5.9k salaries reported, updated at Jul 01, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a camp counselor is $9.16 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Paid housing
  • Paid time off
  • Employee discount
  • Paid sick time
  • Flexible schedule

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Camp Counselor

Do I need to be 18 years old to become a camp counselor?

Yes, to be considered for the position of camp counselor you need to be of working age.

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Do I need to have attended a camp to qualify?

No, you do not need to have previously attended a camp to qualify for a position as a camp counselor. However, if you have attended a camp before, it will make your interview easier because you will be accustomed to how camps function and what is expected of camp counselors.

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Where does the camp counselor sleep?

The camp leadership provides cabins for all of the campers to sleep in. As camp counselor you are expected to sleep in the same cabin as the kids you are looking after. This ensures you are nearby and available in the night should any of the children need you.

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Do I need to complete a background check for the camp counselor job?