|Desire and ability to work with children outdoors|
|Ability to relate to one's peer group|
|Ability to accept supervision and guidance|
|Ability to assist in teaching an activity|
|Good character, integrity, and adaptability|
|Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control|
|High school graduate or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age|
Head counselor and/ or camp director
This job description should include specific responsibilities that reflect the goals of the camp and the goals of camper development.
To identify and meet camper needs.
To carry out camp programs.
To fulfill other staff administrative roles.
This job description should also identify the essential functions of the job, including any physical, cognitive, visual, auditory, and other abilities essential to fulfilling the job.
Additional Duties for Day and Resident Camp Counselors
In "customizing" this job description to your day or resident camp, be aware of the following kinds of duties which may be unique to the duration of your camp day.
Day camp counselors may be required to drive vehicles for picking up and dropping off campers at their homes. This may entail using their own vehicles, participating in driver training sessions, or acquiring a special kind of drivers' license. In addition, day camp counselors will often supervise the arrival and departure of campers where there are important safety considerations. These transportation responsibilities may result in more frequent contact with campers' parents, bringing the opportunity to share information about the camper's progress and being a good ambassador for the camp.
In addition to those responsibilities listed above, resident camp counselors often supervise daily cabin or camp-wide clean-up chores, and have a shared responsibility to supervise the unit or cabin area after hours. They also have the responsibility to see that campers wear clean clothing and are appropriately dressed for the weather and activities of the day. Counselors may also be asked to see to it that campers write home. They bear a heavy responsibility for being aware of the health and well-being of their assigned campers.
Source: It's My Job: Job Descriptions for Over 30 Camp Jobs. Edie Klein, CCD. 1992. Martinsville, IN. American Camping Association. 765-342-8456. Reprinted by permission of the publisher
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