Summer Camp Counselor Job Description

Catalina Island Camps staff live with campers and guide them through the daily camp program. 


Minimum Requirements:

(In order to be considered for employment at CIC you must meet the following criteria)

  • Staff members must be at least 18 years old, graduated high school AND completed their first year of college OR 19 years old. (We ask that International Staff are at least 21 years old)
  • Staff must be available for the entire summer with a start date of June 1st (Leadership Team), June 4th (Waterfront Lifeguard and Challenge Team), or 8th (All Staff Mandatory Staff Development) through August 13, 2019
  • Have First-Aid and CPR certification upon arriving at camp. Waterfront staff should have previous Life-guarding experience or be very comfortable in the water. (Waterfront Lifeguard Training provided at camp).
  • Submit to a drug screening during staff training in accordance with the Catalina Island Camps, Inc. Substance Abuse Policy. Participate in our Child Abuse Prevention online course prior to employment.
  • Be willing to maintain a well-groomed appearance during the entirety of your employment. (At the discretion of Camp Directors)
  • Possess the desire and ability to work with children (6-year-olds to 16-year-olds) in an outdoor setting
  • Possess the ability to relate to one’s peer group
  • Possess the ability to accept supervision, guidance & feedback
  • Possess the ability to teach an activity
  • Possess a good character, flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience & self-control

Responsible to:     Camp Director / Program Leads

General Responsibilities:

All staff must participate as a member of camp. This includes supervising, identifying and meeting the needs of campers while providing a high-quality experience for all campers in the daily operation of camp and to provide a safe camp experience.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Live in a cabin and provide consistent and active supervision, promote group unity and learn about each individual camper’s needs.
  2. Supervise ALL aspects of the camper’s day including morning and bedtime, clean-up, meal times, rest hour, daily program activities, evening activities, special events and after-hours duty as assigned.
  3. Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the camp program and those individuals, both campers and staff, involved.
  4. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group.
  5. Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff.
  6. Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp.
  7. Help each participant meet the goals established by the camp for camper development.
  8. Guide campers to participate successfully in camp activities.
  9. Carry out and support established roles for supervising camper health and safety.
  10. Develop cabin group activity plans as appropriate and scheduled.
  11. Assist with planning and encourage campers’ involvement in camp-wide programs, special events and evening activities.
  12. Assist in teaching or leading an activity, as assigned.
  13. Prepare for and actively participate in staff training, meetings and supervisory evaluations.
  14. Set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, clean-up, sportsmanship and table manners.
  15. Follow and support rules and regulations and policies of Catalina Island Camps.
  16. Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment and facilities.
  17. Manage personal time off in accordance with camp policy.
  18. Conduct self when away from camp or on days off in a positive manner to build CIC’s reputation.
  19. Maintain good public relations with campers’ parents and other community members.
  20. Submit all paperwork and reports on time.
  21. Communicate with appropriate management staff about the behavior of campers on day trips, overnights and other camp activities.
  22. Intervene in activities where camper safety is threatened or staff leadership is lacking.
  23. Communicate with appropriate management staff about concerns of camper health and safety.
  24. These are not the only duties to be performed. Some duties may be reassigned and others may be assigned as required.

Essential Functions

  1. Ability to communicate and work in groups, and provide necessary guidance to campers.
  2. Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  3. Ability to supervise campers, follow assigned program schedules, and encourage and adapt to each individual camper’s needs within the outcomes of the camp program.
  4. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  5. 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.
  6. Physically fit to be able to,
  • hike for extended periods of time across varied, uneven terrain
  • swim 50 meters in the ocean without assistance
  • move multiple pieces of luggage approximately up to 50lb
  • perform and participate in all camp activities.






Mainland Office for all programs

  Phone: 626-296-4040


  Catalina Island Camps
707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001