10 Reasons Why Hiring a Former Camp Counselor is a good idea

When I speak with friends who work in other industries, I always tell them that if you have an applicant who has been a camp counselor and has a positive reference from that camp, they should move to the top of that pile of applications that are overflowing on their desk.  A camp counselor is one of the hardest jobs out there. It is not all fun and games. Here is my list of the top 10 qualities you get when you hire someone who has been a camp counselor:

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General Counselor

Minimum Qualifications

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

Responsible To
Head counselor and/ or camp director

General Responsibility
To identify and meet camper needs. To carry out camp programs. Ensure that campers have a safe enjoyable summer while developing confidence, leadership skills, and giving positive feedback.

•   A Serious Work Ethic- An unwavering commitment to providing the best summer possible for Blue Dolphin campers

•   Teamwork-Socially able to work with and support others, while accepting on-going feedback and evaluation from supervisors.

•   Intelligence-Able to problem solve and make sound decisions.

•   Empathy- Sensitivity, compassion and understanding with children

•   Adaptability-The ability to think quickly on your feet and improvise.

•   Positive Disposition-An optimistic, upbeat outlook with lots of energy and spunk!


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Our counselors are predominantly college students and teachers.  Most of our counselors are either former campers or people who have excellent credentials with previous summer camp experience.  Senior Counselors start at 17 years of age.  Leaders in Training are selected from former counselors at age 16.

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Applicant Qualifications

We would love for you to apply to join our counselor team if you…

  • LOVE KIDS! (this is of supreme importance!)
  • Possess excellent character, integrity and adaptability
  • Exhibit enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience and self-control
  • Are able to work outside with kids in summer heat for several hours at a time
  • Relate to your peer group
  • Accept supervision and guidance
  • Can assist in teaching an activity

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