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Junior Counselor- Summer Camp

Pay Range:                      Volunteer

Job Type:                         Volunteer

Location:                          Dragonfly Forest - YMCA Camp Speers

# of Openings:                6

Dates of Service:            


Basic Assignment

Do what needs to be done to show the campers the most amazing camp experience. Serve as mentor and role model for campers with various special needs while leading and supervising various recreational activities and provide overnight resident supervision to campers in the overnight camp program.  Provide excellent customer service to all clients, know and enforce rules and safety measures, care for all equipment and facilities, and work well as a member of the Dragonfly Forest camp community.



  • Must be 17 years of age

  • Experience or aptitude to work closely with children in a positive, supportive manner

  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency situation

  • Know and understand needs of each individual camper within the supervision group

  • Ability to safely and effectively lead participants in activities, enforce safety regulations, and apply appropriate policies and procedures


Major Functions

  • Shadow counselors who oversee group of campers in cabin activities including but not limited to transitions, mealtimes, morning and bedtime routines, interpersonal conflict, and daily schedule

  • Use good judgement and make conservative decisions to ensure the safety of our campers

  • Employ leadership techniques and demonstrate excellent customer service and work ethic as covered in Junior Counselor training

  • Attend additional Junior Counselor in-service trainings and leadership workshops as assigned

  • Provide exemplary role modeling at all times, and demonstrate a strong sense of ownership over camp, including cleaning of facilities and care of equipment

  • Assist with supervision of campers during mealtimes, overnight in cabins, during transitional times and during cabin chores or activities.

  • Follow specific directives of leadership team, including Unit Leaders, Activity Directors, Camp Directors, and Executive Directors as assigned.  Communicate all work-related issues through the Unit Leaders or Activity Directors of assigned area.



  • Junior counselors will attend all 5 sessions of camp. They will arrive at camp on the first day of all staff training

  • Junior counselors will not be permitted to stay on camp property during staff time-off, and will go home on closing day of each session, unless permission is documented from a parent/guardian.

  • Junior Counselors will have guidelines and expectations that differ from staff and from campers, and will adhere to the policies as outlined during their individual training.