Counselor Information

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Counselors are an essential part of camp! 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 camp programs
Click here to read the 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 are energetic leaders & role models for our campers, and they develop lifelong skills, friendships and memories while serving at camp.

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. Contact our office to get the volunteer discount code for your camp registration.


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.


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 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).


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