Summer Camp Head Counselor Job Description

If you have experience working on a summer camp as a camp counselor then maybe you would be interested in the role of head counselor. This is a great option for any summer camp workers that have experience working as a camp counselor and would like to possibly have a position which gives you some more responsibility.

As the head counselor on a summer camp you will work closely with the camp director and assistant director to ensure all other counselors are performing tasks as required and are meeting their expectations.

You will deal with any issues or questions that general camp counselors may have and work as a middle person between the camp counselors and the camp directors. In addition to fulfilling your regular counselor duties you will also be required to attend management meetings and provide feedback on how the week is going to the camp director and assistant director.

Rate of Pay

As a head counselor you will not see a significant pay increase from that of the general camp counselor but you will receive an additional bonus for your role as the lead instructor. Most head counselors don't really look to take this position for the financial gain but more for the experience and to strengthen their future career prospects by adding skills related to management.


This is another role that doesn't necessarily require certain qualifications but rather experience working in the summer camp environment. Most head counselors have worked for a couple of summers at camp and understand how camps function and the requirements needed to be a successful head counselor.

What They Say

"Working as a head camp counselor is a great way to enjoy working at a summer camp and also strengthen your career prospects. It may not be the same as being an assistant director or more senior position but it is good to show you have some basic leadership skills. If you have the opportunity to be a head counselor then go for it! "

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