The different jobs at a summer camp


As a camp counselor, you will spend a large amount of your time interacting with and teaching the children. Strong communication skills with children are a must if you are thinking of looking for a counselor position at a summer camp.

Counselors are typically former campers that have returned to the camp looking for a job, but you do not have to be a former camper. Counselors are generally hired seasonally, which means they work a few weeks out of the summer, but they are on call 24 hours a day. There is a lot of responsibility associated with being a summer camp counselor, but the rewards are well worth the hardships.


Nurses who work at summer camps must have their RN or LPN certification. The only exceptions are nursing students who are occasionally hired to work as summer camp nurses.

Counselors can also double as nurses if they have the necessary qualifications, but this generally only occurs at smaller camps. Large camps have a full-time staff of nurses who must be ready, willing, and able to assist a camper 24 hours a day.


With the large number of children and staff running around at summer camps, there has to be someone to keep it all under control. A summer camp administrator is this person. An administrator oversees the entire operation and is employed full time, unlike the majority of the other staff.

The duties of an administrator typically include conducting daily meetings, both in the morning and the evening, to make sure the staff is on the same page for the day. Administrators should also be walking around the camp throughout the day to make sure everything is running smoothly. Announcements are also the responsibility of the director or administrator of the camp. These announcements are to help with camp morale and order.

To be a summer camp administrator, one should ideally have past management experience. Excellent communication skills are a must, as the bulk of your day will be spent talking to campers and staff members.


The maintenance staff at a summer camp is very important. These people are the ones who keep the cabins and other buildings clean. Other duties include emptying trash, doing the laundry, and cleaning the bathrooms.

You do not need special qualifications to become a member of the maintenance staff, though you should be aware that you will be cleaning up after children, and we know how messy children can be.


The groundskeeper, or groundskeepers, at a summer camp make sure that the summer camp stays looking great. Much like a maintenance working takes care of the inside of the camp, a groundskeeper is responsible for the outside. Landscaping makes up the majority of the groundskeeper's duties; jobs like cutting the grass, trimming hedges, pulling weeds, and raking leaves are all the responsibility of the groundskeeper.

Some small camps may only need one or two groundskeepers, but large camps can have an entire grounds staff. This is a very important job, because nobody wants to send their child to a dirty or ugly camp.

To be a groundskeeper, experience with landscaping is a plus, though not necessary. Candidates should also be physically fit to do any job that might come their way.


Many summer camps are either located near a body of water, or they have a pool. Swimming is an integral part of the summer camp experience; think back to your summer camp days and try to imagine it without the pool! Naturally, there needs to be a lifeguard on staff to keep the children safe.

Lifeguards must be CPR certified and have strong swimming skills. Lifeguards may also be asked to instruct swimming lessons or give CPR certification classes.


At small camps, specialty positions may very well be filled by counselors. Counselors with knowledge of a certain craft or skill may be asked to teach the campers. However, larger camps employ people just for these positions.

Some specialty positions include: Fitness, arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, shooting, dance, and music. These positions rely heavily on the type of summer camp that is in question. You can find more information on the different types of summer camps in this section as well.


Everyone needs to eat, right? The kitchen staff, much like everyone else involved in a summer camp, is crucial. The kitchen staff is responsible for cooking almost every meal for the staff and campers. The size of the kitchen staff will be dependent on the size of the summer camp.

Kitchen staff members will also be in charge of clean-up after a meal; yes, this means doing the dishes for a very large number of kids!