Mountain Camp Woodside has a Junior Counselor Program for anyone between 16 and 18 years old. All Junior Counselors (JCs) are day staff and need to commute to camp each day. Junior Counselors are paid staff with a few differences from the Senior Counselors. We have a limited number of available JC positions.
* If you are under 18 but have graduated High School, you are eligible to be a Senior Counselor.
The JC program is a fun way to spend the summer while also getting job experience. You will learn leadership skills, how to collaborate with others, and become part of the camp community along with many other things. JCs are vital to the camp and have a huge role in providing the campers a fun and safe experience at MCW. The will be supervised by our Age Group Program Directors who will provide performance feedback throughout the summer. All info on our other staffing pages is applicable to JCs and can give you more info about the job.
What is the hiring process?
First you will need to fill out an application by following the above “apply now” link. If we have openings for the weeks you are available, a Director will contact you. All JCs will have up to three video interviews with our Directors. All interviews take place over Skype and last up to one hour each. If accepted, you will need to fill out all of MCW’s staff forms to complete employment.
What’s the difference between Junior Counselors and Senior Counselors?
Junior Counselors have many of the same requirements and responsibilities of Senior Staff. There are a few main differences:
- Junior Counselors are always paired with a Senior Counselor. We usually do not have two JCs as co-counselors.
- JCs typically work with our youngest age groups, Cubs (K-1st grade) and Blazers (2nd and 3rd grade). We also have an office position available for one Junior Counselor.
- JCs work slightly less hours than our Senior Counselors. All JCs work slightly less than 40 hours per week. Their time is dependent on the age group they work with, but working hours are typically between 8:30 and 6pm.
- JCs need to acquire a work permit. Even if they have had another job, they need a work permit specifically for Mountain Camp Woodside. Forms and info can be found here »
- Parents will need to fill out certain staff forms, such as the health forms.
No, we are flexible. You can work parts of the summer or even parts of the day. We do prioritize people who work more of the summer. For example, if you can only work 2 weeks, we would need to find someone else to cover the other 6 weeks. We do have a lot of people who work partial summers. It is harder for us to give days off during the week, as we would not have anyone that could fill your position for a day.
Yes, we ask all of our JCs to come to staff training. For those that can’t make it, we will do a mid-summer training on a Saturday.
Yes, all staff are required to be first aid and CPR certified. We do offer a class (that you would need to pay for) during our staff training. You can obtain this certification on your own. Here is a list of accepted certifications:
- American Red Cross: First Aid/CPR/AED
- American Hear Association: Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver AED (CPR/AED), or BLS for Healthcare Providers
No. You will need to bring your own lunch or you can pay to eat lunch at camp.