Day Camp Counselor

Make a difference for kids at Day Camp as a Counselor!

Come spend the summer with us at Camp Fire Day Camp and help our campers have the summer of their dreams. We are looking for staff to join us at Carkeek Park for fun in the sun alongside the beautiful Puget Sound. Play games, sing songs, take hikes, go for beach walks, make lots of crafts, cook outside, learn about science, and more. Counselors may have a group of campers for a week or lead an activity area, depending on your interest and the needs of that week, all while building leadership and communication skills.

Position Details

Job Title Day Camp: Assistant Camp Director
Department: Community Programs
Location: Seattle, WA
Reports To Day Camp Director
FLSA Status: Non – Exempt
Full/Part Time: Seasonal
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Rate: $18.70/hour
Housing N/A

Essential Job Responsibilities

•       Assumes responsibility for a unit of campers and guides their experiences through a youth/adult democratic planning process
•       Participates with and supervises unit in their activities
•       Incorporates teaching of camp and other special skills and an appreciation of the outdoors into the program
•       Responsible to lead and assist with the teaching of activities to meet session goals; actively participates in all program areas, as assigned
•       Participates in the development and implementation of program activities within operational goals
•       Provides for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities
•       Assists in program areas such as waterfronts, nature, all camp activities and arts and crafts, as directed
•       Maintains high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff
•       Assures campers are properly supervised at all times; be aware of and implement safety guidelines as outlined in Camp Fire, ACA and camp operational guidelines
•       Responsible for campers receiving their medications as directed by health care manager or assistant camp director
•       Is alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; consult with camp health manager and/or camp director, when appropriate
•       Is alert to equipment and facilities to ensure safe utilization, proper care and maintenance is adhered to; reports repairs needed promptly to camp director
•       Follow all emergency procedures appropriate to Camp Fire Central Puget Sound and in conformity with the procedures adopted by the emergency service authorizes to ensure the safety of all members, volunteers and staff
•       Provide needed direction and guidance to staff and program participants
•       Maintains clear and positive written and verbal communication with all internal and external clients
•       Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities
•       Adheres to all council policies and procedures
•       Observes all safety precautions and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures
•       Attends pre-camp staff training and mid-summer in-service training
•       Assists with other camps/programs, as assigned. May be called upon to fill any camp role
•       Perform other duties, as assigned 

Skills and Qualifications

Camp Fire recognizes the value of skills and knowledge gained outside of formal higher education and paid employment. We believe that a diversity of professional and life experiences can lead to a well-rounded team.  Applicants who do not meet all of the qualifications listed below but present other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered.

We strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work, has a strong desire to grow their skills, and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply. Applicants of non-dominant cultures are welcome and encouraged to apply.


•       Must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate
•       Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival
•       Covid-19 vaccination required
•       Ability to interact with all age levels
•       Experience working in youth-oriented program
•       Appreciation of diversity and community-based needs
•       Attends staff and in-service training during the summer
•       Incorporates understanding of child development and age-appropriate behaviors
•       Ability to maintain confidentiality
•       Ability to work independently
•       Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasionally travel may be required 

Physical Requirements

•       Standing for long periods of time
•       Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds
•       Repetitive motions of hands/wrists
•       Visual/auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards of the site and facilities
•       Ability to communicate in English, both orally and written

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Camp Fire strives to continuously provide diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments throughout our organizations and programs. We recognize that both access to and success in our programs requires intentional work, to cultivate respect, eliminate systemic barriers, and address injustice headon.  We at Camp Fire believe that words must be followed by progress, action, and accountability. We recognize that our efforts will be ongoing and evolving as we continue to grow, learn, collaborate, and press for an equitable future.

How to Apply

Complete an application online and we will quickly get in touch to set up an interview!

Apply Now!


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