There are many rules and responsibilities that make for a good counselor. Read the list below carefully. You are the key to making each camper’s experience a great one. And, whatever you do, have fun at camp and make memories with our campers that will last a lifetime.
If your actions are unbecoming a counselor, we may ask you to leave. We may also decide not to have you on staff in the future.
- Being a counselor requires a cheerful, hard-working attitude; you will spend 24 hours a day with an active group of children; make sure you truly like kids
- Divide your time equally among each child in your room; treat all your campers as your favorites
- Be a good role model to the campers and conscious of what you say and do; don’t use rude language or make indecent remarks; be enthusiastic, polite, cooperative as you are the one who sets the tone for the campers
- Lead the campers without them feeling that they are being led; motivate them without barking orders; gaining their confidence and respect will have them follow you anywhere
- Have patience; not every camper moves at the same speed and not every camper catches on to what you’re doing or saying right away
- Communicate with the group as a whole and with each individual camper; many campers have never been to camp before; calmly and clearly explain any rules, etc.; let them know that they can talk to you if they don’t understand something
- If needed, talk to a camper privately – away from the others; if it’s personal, speak with them and help find solutions to problems or behavior issues; if it’s a problem you feel you can’t handle (misbehavior/dangerous conduct) contact the Head Counselor or Fr. Serafim
- Our camp program is filled with activities all day long and you need to keep up your enthusiasm and energy until the end of the day; eat at mealtimes, drink plenty of water, try to get enough sleep
- Every camper deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and every child should have the same chance to do the same things regardless of their abilities; get everyone involved and let everyone have a chance
- Kids come to camp to have fun; respect all the campers; don’t call them rude names or get rough with them; don’t ever make fun of them; avoid sarcastic remarks or ridicule, even if you think it’s all in fun
- Counselors and helpers should be willing to help out whenever and wherever needed at camp
- Cell phone usage is prohibited during the day (while campers are active); you may use your phone once campers are in bed
- Camp committee members periodically stop in during the week; remember to respect what they say to you or what they ask of you; they will do the same with you and will