Camp Counselor Responsibilites
day is long. The day is hard. The rewards are great!
ARE A ROLE MODEL-The
most important aspect of your summer camp job is that you are a role model
for the campers. Campers are watching everything you do and
say. It is important that every minute that you are visible to
the campers that you demonstrate the qualities for which you
were hired. Fairness, sense of humor, no favorites, no obscene
language or gestures, a sense of fun and adventure, are all
examples of the qualities you should be displaying.
are 16 cabins in Boy's camp and 16 cabins in Girl's Camp. Each
cabin will have two assigned counselors. There will be a
primary counselor and a relief counselor for each cabin. This
position normally rotates during the summer.
most important requirements
of a cabin counselor are to:
Be a constant advocate on behalf of your campers. Make
sure they accomplish everything during their camp visit that you
believe they want to. Read all parent forms to assure you know
what parents want their campers to accomplish as well. This is
Build a team. In either the two weeks or four weeks that
you have your cabin group spend time every day building them
into a team that works and cooperates together. Work to
integrate first year campers on day one!
Reveille-You should be the first one up, helping your
campers get ready for the day.
Dining Hall-All meals at Skylake are very important. Be
enthusiastic about the day. Get the campers sharing ideas and
Cabin Clean up-Each morning the cabin must be cleaned for
inspection. This is to set the tone for the entire day.
Siesta and Shower Hour-These are relaxed times, staff are
rotated on and off during this time, if you are on duty you are
responsible for supervision.
Campfire-Counselors are always there with their campers,
sitting with cabin groups.
Taps-Staff are to be in the cabins with their campers.
Quiet talk is fun and perfectly o.k.
are the surrogate parent for the time the campers are in your
cabins. It is your job to be sure:
Campers brush their teeth, bathe, change clothes, and
perform proper personal hygiene on a daily basis.
Campers drink enough fluids, put on sunscreen, take their
medications, and get enough rest.
Campers get their laundry out at the appropriate time.
Campers write home at least once a week.
Campers eat properly.
addition to be the surrogate parent, you must keep the actual
parent and the administration informed of the progress of all
Post Cards- You are responsible to write a postcard the
day the campers arrive introducing yourself and announcing their
camper has arrived safely. A second card must be mailed home on
Thursday of week 1 and on Tuesday of each following week. More
is even better!
Camp paper work-At end of the session parents receive a
report from you regarding how their camper did in camp. It is
important that you keep track of these activities on a daily
Phone Calls-You will possibly be speaking to parents.
You will definitely be speaking with parents if any of your
campers are homesick or having problems.
offers approximately 20 different activities. Each staff member
is assigned to an activity. There are a number of primary
requirements as an activity counselor:
Lesson Plan-It is critical that you establish a written
lesson plan for what you plan to accomplish and how you plan to
accomplish it. The goal of all of our activities is that the
campers learn skills and how to enjoy their new activities.
Activity Preparation-During staff training and
continuously during the camp sessions you are expected to
properly maintain the equipment for your activity and to
maintain the area of your activity.
Timeliness-It may be fun to dawdle in the lodge over your
morning coffee, but it is critical that you are on time to your
Campers being present-It is very important that the
campers attend all of their activities. Campers have plenty of
flex time to hang out. Activity time requires them to be at
While lifeguarding for campers and while on duty supervising
campers at the waterfront, counselors must be in appropriate
Lifeguard swim attire. This requirement is both for safety
and role modeling. Counselors must have two such swim
suits for the summer. Suits can be purchased at
C. Camp Supervision-
Skylake counselors are no longer bystanders
when they see behavior, both positive and negative, that
deserves input. You should be there to congratulate any camper
you see do something positive and at the same time be ready to
step in when you see behavior requiring "adult attention."
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND AT ALL TIMES:
parents don't raise children alone. They have each other, they
have friends, and they turn to professionals. Do not try to
handle all of the problems you will confront by yourself. Share
your issues with other counselors and turn to the Head
Counselors and Administrative Staff for assistance. It is
required that any serious rule violations or issues be
communicated with Administrative Staff. We are all here as a
group to help each other.
will report directly to the Head Camp Counselor. That is the first
person you go to when you are having a problem, a question, or
just seeking general advice. It is the Head Counselor who will
be doing performance reviews during camp. You will experience
performance reviews twice during your summer at Skylake.
Reviews are nothing more than staff training, one on one, after
you have been tested under fire for a while. Their purpose is to
continue to keep camp counselors and staff focused on all aspects of
your summer camp job.
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