Summer Camp Counselor FAQs

Is there a deadline for applying to be a USNWC Summer Camp Counselor?
Is it necessary to have experience to be a USNWC Summer Camp Counselor?
What topics will be covered during the week of Summer Camp Counselor training?
Do I need to be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to obtaining a job as a Summer Camp Counselor?
Does the USNWC require counselors to purchase their own gear for activites?
Once I am hired, how often will I work?
The USNWC offers a wide variety of camps throughout the summer. Which camps will I be working?
How many campers will I be responsible for on a weekly basis?
If I am not scheduled to work a week of camp, can I work in another department?

Is there a deadline for applying to be a USNWC Summer Camp Counselor?
There is not a deadline for applications; however, interviews for Summer Camp Counselors begin as early as January of the program year. If you are interested in becoming a Summer Camp Counselor, it is recommended that you apply before April of the program year. Your chances of being hired as a Summer Camp Counselor increase the earlier you apply, as there are limited positions available.

Is it necessary to have experience to be a USNWC Summer Camp Counselor?
It is not necessary, but recommended that applicants have experience working with youth, especially in a camp environment. Regardless of previous experience, all selected applicants will be required to go through a week of paid training prior to the commencement of Summer Camp.

What topics will be covered during the week of Summer Camp Counselor training?
The main focus of training will be to familiarize counselors with ways to create a safe, fun, and educational experience for campers during each week of camp. Topics of training will include an in-depth look at USNWC Summer Camp policies and procedures and the facilitation of a variety of games, programs, and activities to be used during camp sessions. Training will also help establish a comprehensive knowledge of the USNWC facility.

Do I need to be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to obtaining a job as a Summer Camp Counselor?
No, you are not required to have a current certification to be hired as a Summer Camp Counselor; however, it is required that counselors obtain the certification before the paid week of Summer Camp Counselor training. If you are not certified, we do offer a First Aid, CPR, & AED Certification course at the USNWC.

Does the USNWC require counselors to purchase their own gear for activities?
You are not required to purchase any gear to work as a Summer Camp Counselor. The USNWC will provide you with all necessary gear on a day-to-day basis. If you are interested in purchasing your own gear, the USNWC Outfitters is well stocked and offers employees a 25% discount. Additionally, used gear can commonly be found and is a great option for reducing cost.

Once I am hired, how often will I work?
Summer Camp at the USNWC runs for 11 weeks, beginning in June and ending in August. When hired as a Summer Camp Counselor, you are typically hired for the entirety of the season; however, we are unable to guarantee that you will work every week of camp. Demand for staff is dependent on the week-to-week volume of camper registration. All USNWC camps are week-long (Monday-Friday) day camps – some camps include one overnight stay.

The USNWC offers a wide variety of camps throughout the summer. Which camps will I be working?
Counselors will be assigned to camps based on their individual skills and experience; however, we like to give staff the opportunity to experience working most all camps over the course of the summer.

How many campers will I be responsible for on a weekly basis?
The camper-to-counselor ratio varies by camp. A counselor could be responsible for anywhere from 6 to 12 campers. In general, camps that require a more specialized skill set break participants up into smaller, more manageable groups.

If I am not scheduled to work a week of camp, can I work in another department?
If you are not working a full week of camp, you may choose to work in another department. You will need to contact the department that you are interested in working for well in advance to discuss any additional interview or training processes required. You should aim to fulfill any necessary requirements early in the summer.