Summer Camp Junior Counselor

Job Description

Primary Responsibility Areas:

Support the vision and direction of the Executive Director through the Director of Youth Services.

Support your assigned senior counselor by assisting in creating a caring, fun and safe environment for the children and in implementing daily camp programming activities.

Supervise children in a manner that promotes the development of positive relationships. Maintain order and provide safe and timely transitions between activities. Know and follow the camp’s discipline policy. Know the physical location of your assigned children at all times. Report any signs of child abuse to your senior counselor or the Youth Services Director.

Assist in the implementation of camp recreational and educational programs and experiences in a small group setting with the goal of developing the child’s self-esteem, moral character and social skills, expanding their knowledge on a number of camp topics, and improving motor skills and athletic abilities.

Actively engage in all activities, encourage participation, and ensure program materials are available.

Observe and inform your senior counselor of children’s interests, needs, and progress in developing social skills, motor skills and athletic abilities. Report any obstacles to their learning and ways to improve their learning experience.

Provide instruction on camp rules and safety requirements and ensure they are followed.

Observe each camper daily and check for cuts, bruises, skin rashes, or other indications of illness or injury and report these to your senior counselor.

Assist children in maintaining proper hygiene, such as washing their hands before eating and after using the restroom, showering before and after swimming, etc.

Promote good manners at mealtime and encourage common courtesies in serving, passing, and eating of food.

When sports equipment is used, ensure the equipment is used properly and safely.

Keep camp supplies and sports equipment in good repair and store them properly when finished with a project or activity.

Set a positive example in attitude, behavior, and personal hygiene.


High school diploma or general education development certificate (GED).

Two years (2,500 hrs) of documented experience working with children is preferred.

Receive a minimum of six hours of annual training in child care.

Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills:

Ability to influence children positively and to help them learn and develop good moral character.

Ability to assess the appropriateness of behavior and provide mentoring and encouragement.

Maintain certifications in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation@(CPR).

Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Physical Requirements:

Position requires high energy and emotional maturity.

Be able to pass a health assessment per State requirements.

Be capable of a full range of body movement (e.g. standing, sitting, running, twisting, bending, climbing, kneeling, crawling, etc.).

Be capable of lifting and/or moving 50 pounds.

Ability to swim is preferred.

Normal visual and hearing acuity.

Hosanna House is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.