Counselors are an essential part of summer camps! Counselors guide children and youth through their time at camp– as a counselor you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on a child’s life and create wonderful memories of your own. We need many caring, enthusiastic adults to serve as counselors; we have a low adult-child ratio, sometimes as low as 5 campers to 1 adult. That 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! Click here to see session dates for our summer camp programs.
Click here to read the full Counselor Job Description.
ALSO… we welcome youth between the ages of 16 and 18 as Counselors in Training (or CITs) to counsel at our elementary camps during the summer. If you are interested serving as a CIT, check out our Counselor in Training Program. CITs make energetic and exciting counselors, and they build great friendships and memories as well!
IMPORTANT: As a thank you for your volunteer service, counselors receive 50% off camp fees for one child. CITs receive 50% off camp fees for their own camp session.
How to become a counselor:
Submit a volunteer application (click here).
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 subject to a background check. All counselors must submit an application each year to make sure their information is current.
All counselors must attend one pre-camp training meeting
If you’ve been a counselor before, you know that each Sunday before camp starts we cram in too much planning and training. We have remedied this by doing some of the mandatory training ahead of time, at a couple of pre-camp training events. That way, when you arrive the day before camp starts, the counselors & deans can spend their time planning and preparing for the week– physically, mentally and spiritually. Counselors must attend one of the training events listed below (please contact us if you are unable to attend either training).
Saturday, May 18 at the UMC of Chugiak (2:00-4:00pm)
Click here for directions to the UMC of Chugiak
Sunday, June 2 at the Birchwood Camp Lodge (2:30-4:30pm)
Questions? Call us at 907- 688-2734, send us an email, or find us on Facebook