Job Title: Cabin Counselor

Classification: Volunteer 

Reports to: Cabin Director

Position Purpose:

Cabin counselors are the primary caregivers for their cabin group. The cabin counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out cabin activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.  They observe camper behavior, interactions, and development and report any concerns to management.  Cabin counselors know how many, where, and what their kids are up to.  They assist program staff by acting as crowd control, and handling discipline issues.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Responsible for the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their cabin, within activities, and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.

  • Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship, diversity, community, and personal issues.
  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.
  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
  • Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment by holding all campers to rules and regulations.

2. Participate in the implementation of program activities and outcomes by acting as crowd control, ensuring fair play, debriefing activities, keeping campers focused, managing discipline issues, and the like.

  • Actively participate and engage campers in all programmingWork with program staff in meeting learning objectives by giving them specific info about individual camper and group needs, and preferences.
  • Take an active role in managing campers during Freetime, electives, campfires, game night, the carnival, and other programming as assigned.

3. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.

  • Provide for daily care of each camper within your supervision by monitoring and intervening (when appropriate) with personal health needs (emotional, physical, etc).
  • Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.
  • Be alert to and sensitive of camper and staff needs.  Assist with personal and/or health problems when appropriate, and discuss concerns with camp health manager and/or the  camp management.
  • Be aware of the condition of equipment and facilities; report repairs needed promptly to camp director.

4. Be a role model to campers and other staff in your attitude and behavior.

  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Try to calmly and quickly resolve all issues.  Escalate to management as necessary.

Other Job Duties:

  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations, and communication as requested.
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned.
  • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
  • Assist in the planning of any special events.
  • Identify other tasks or duties that this position may be expected to perform but are not necessarily the primary focus of this position.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: (Minimum Education and Experience)

  • Must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma/GED.
  • Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Successfully pass Camp Quest West applicant screening process including phone interview, LiveScan Fingerprinting (resident of CA) or background check (non-resident of CA), and reference checks.
  • Successfully complete all training required: EOT, In-Person, and Pre-Camp Day.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understand the development needs of youth.
  • Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
  • Ability to communicate and work with staff and campers of various age and skill levels.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply suitable behavior-management techniques.
  • Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, and discuss concerns with camp management.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards.

Physical Aspects of the Job:

  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Endurance such as prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching.
  • Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment for camp activities.
  • Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities.  Willing to be exposed to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.


  • Approximately one-third of our campers are either African-American, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic. We are very proud of our ethnic diversity. You should be prepared to work with campers from across the racial and socio-economic spectrum.