The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Camp Counselor

    Job Locations US-MN-Finlayson
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Seasonal Full-Time
  • Overview

    Please fill out the summer camp interest form which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete:


    To identify camper needs and to carry out summer camp programs. This is a temporary summer time position without benefits. The duration of this position is determined by the summer camp programs.


    Specific Responsibilities:
    1. Learn the likes/dislikes of each camper.
    2. Learn the names of each camper in your care by the end of the first day.
    3. Prepare and lead activities for opening day that make campers feel welcome, help them to adjust to their new home, and facilitate their ability to make friends.
    4. Help campers unpack and make sure each has all basic necessities for clothing and personal hygiene. Report any problems to the Head Counselor immediately.
    5. Review cabins rules with campers on opening day.
    6. Instruct campers in emergency procedures such as fires, storms, and missing campers on opening day.
    7. Prepare and lead devotions with your cabin side each night, based on the theme of the day using materials provided.
    8. Ensure that all campers shower every day and wear fresh clothes, as possible.
    9. Ensure that all campers awake on time and wear clothing appropriate to the day’s activities.
    10. Ensure that camper receive any daily medications and treat camper injuries following camp procedure.
    11. Teach cleaning techniques to campers and assign them specific responsibilities during daily cabin clean-up time.
    12. Participate with campers during all activities, including those that are messy or wet.
    13. Encourage campers to participate and try new things.
    14. Celebrate camper successes and encourage campers to try again when they fail.
    15. Prepare and lead a counselor-directed-activity each day, in partnership with your co-counselor.
    16. Recognize and take advantage of teachable moment’s everyday.
    17. Sit with and be attentive to campers during meals.
    18. Lead campers in grace before each meal and teach proper table manners.
    19. Lead your cabin in cleaning up after canteen time.
    20. Serve as a lookout when on duty at the pool on a rotating basis.
    21. Teach at least one special clubs or badge class utilizing the skills listed on your camp application. If you do not volunteer, a club or emblem class will be assigned to you.
    22. Help campers place their participation in village-wide or camp-wide programs, special events, and activities.
    23. Sleep-out with your cabin as assigned.
    24. Use unstructured time to engage campers in meaningful conversation.
    25. Be proactive in managing camper behavior following materials received during orientation.
    26. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group.
    27. Look for ways to enable each camper to experience success during camp.
    28. Provide opportunities for discussion on individual or group problems or concerns.
    29. Help each participant meet the goals established by the camp for camper development.
    30. Carry a first aid kit at all times and ensure that it is properly stocked.
    31. Carry out established rules enforcing camp safety regulations.
    32. Set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean up and chores, sportsmanship, and table manners.
    33. Prepare campers evaluations for each session and camper survey as assigned.
    34. Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities.
    35. Encourage individuality and creativity in campers.
    36. Help participants develop a sense of fair play, accepting both winning and losing graciously.
    37. Encourage understanding and sensitivity to the natural environment.


    Staff Responsibilities:
    1. Prepare for, and actively participate in, staff training.
    2. Manage personal time off in accordance with camp policy.
    3. Clean living area daily.
    4. Desire to be a team player.
    5. Check your mail and read posted flyers on a daily basis for camp information updates.
    6. Committed to the growth of campers spiritually, physically, educationally, emotionally, and socially.
    7. Encourage respect for individuals and their differences.
    8. Attend weekly staff Bible studies. This takes place during afternoon free time one day per session.
    9. Attend Sunday morning staff worship.
    10. Be a constructive member of the staff contributing in every way possible to the health, harmony, and happiness of the Northwoods Camp family.
    11. Pray that each camper will come to know Christ as Savior.
    12. Agree to voice criticisms to your Head Counselor first.
    13. To be in accord with camp aims and policies being loyal to camp at all times.
    14. Evaluate current season and make suggestions for following season.
    15. Assist where needed for the benefits of the campers and the smooth operation of camp.
    16. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and other duties may be assigned as required.

    * Please note that full participation means that although you may not have an assigned responsibility you are required to attend and participate in the various daily programs of camp, such as evening programs, camper worship, cabin devotions, etc.


    1. Committed Christian with a desire to share your experience with others.
    2. Totally committed on an emotional, spiritual, and intellectual level to the objectives of the camp and the children in your care.
    3. First year college student or 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
    4. Desire and ability to work with children outdoors.
    5. Ability to relate to ones peer group.
    6. Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
    7. Ability to assist in teaching an activity.
    8. Good character, integrity, and adaptability.
    9. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
    10. Ability to participate fully in the total camp program. *
    11. Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (various age and skill levels,) and provide necessary instruction to campers.
    12. Ability to observe camper behavior, assesses its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations, and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
    13. Visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities.
    14. Possess the strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
    15. Cognitive and communicative abilities to plan and conduct activities (i.e. clubs, emblem classes, rainy-day activities, etc.) that achieve camper development objectives.
    16. Ability to assist campers in emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury).
    17. Certified in CPR and have had first aid training or completed during orientation.
    18. Have completed the Safe from Harm program course or complete the course during orientation.
    19. It must be understood by the incumbent that the provisions of Safe From Harm will apply upon commencement of employment and also understood that the required Safe From Harm training be satisfactorily completed by the end of Staff Orientation week.


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