Counselor Information

Our volunteer camp counselors guide children and youth through their time at Birchwood, helping each camper have a positive, safe experience. Camp counselors have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on a child’s life and create great memories too! Birchwood Camp maintains a low adult-child ratio, sometimes as low as 5 campers to 1 adult, which means we need lots of counselors so that lots of kids will be able to come to camp. Please consider serving in this very important volunteer position and give children the experience of building community at Birchwood Camp! Counselors must be at least 18, and we love having counselors of all ages; read on for details. We also welcome teens between the ages of 16 and 18 as Counselors in Training (CITs) to volunteer at our elementary camps; click here for more information.

See our summer camp session dates
Read the Camp Counselor Job Description
 
Important: As a token of thanks for their volunteer service, counselors receive 50% off camp fees for one child. CITs receive 50% off camp fees for their own camp session. Volunteers should contact our office to get the discount code when registering for camp.

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How to become a counselor:

1. Complete a volunteer application

After you click on the link above, you will be asked to create an account in our system and then you will be taken through the online application. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our campers– all volunteers and staff are screened and background checked annually. All counselors must submit an application each year to make sure their information is current.

2. ATTEND A REQUIRED TRAINING EVENT

If you’ve been a counselor before, you know that each Sunday before camp starts we cram in so much planning and training that it was usually information overload. We have remedied this by doing some of the mandatory training ahead of time at pre-camp training events.  That way, when you arrive the day before camp starts, the counselors, interns, and deans can spend their time planning and preparing for the week– physically, mentally &spiritually. Camp counselors must attend one of the training events listed below; please email director@birchwoodcamp.org to RSVP for your preferred training event or if you cannot attend either event.

2016 Training Events:

  • Saturday, May 21, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Fireweed Hall (NEW date)
  • Tuesday, May 31, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Fireweed Hall