Camp counselor

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How to become a Camp Counselor

Typically you can start by applying in March through agencies that advertise camp counselor jobs. If you plan to be a lifeguard you will need the necessary training. Camp organizers provide training before the camp begins.

There are also quite a few skills you should work on before becoming a camp counselor:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Team working skills
  • Experience working with kids
  • Camp-related skills such as archery or swimming are a plus
  • Physical fitness
  • Knowledge of life-saving skills like CPR, first aid, etc.

What skills help Camp Counselors find jobs?

  • Experience with Children
  • Teaching Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Classroom Experience
  • Robotics
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Conflict Management
  • Classroom Management
  • Administrative Experience
  • Special Needs
  • Swimming
  • Program Development

Career progression for Camp Counselor

Education levels for Camp Counselors

0%6%23%71%Master's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Camp Counselor job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-16Years of experience20k21k22k24k25kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Camp Counselor in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Camp Counselors

  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • AED Certification
  • Lifeguard Training
  • Driver's License
  • LPN
  • RN
  • LVN
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Child Development Associate Certification
  • Teaching Certification
  • IMSA Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Camp Counselor

Do I need to have any special skills to become a camp counselor?

Being a camp counselor does not require any specific skills or qualifications. Having a unique skill is not a requirement but will give you an advantage, because you can offer to teach the kids your specialty. This could be rock climbing, archery, swimming or some type of craft. If you don't have a special skill, you can be a general camp counselor. All camp counselors require a moderate level of fitness to keep up with children and participate in camp activities.

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