Overnight Camp Counselor – Junior Units

Job Title: Overnight Camp Counselor – Junior Units 

Classification: Seasonal

Reports to: Unit Coordinator    

OT Exempt: (Salaried) 

Compensation: $80-$95/day ($480-$570/week)

Organization Overview: 

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive programs start with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the school year, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. For more information, please visit: http://campfirecolumbia.org/

Camp Fire is committed to building a diverse team and culture. We recognize that there are many aspects of one’s life experience that contributes to the growth of our organization. We encourage everyone to apply. If you believe in our values and mission and want to contribute to the work we do, we want to hear from you, even if you don’t meet every one of the qualifications listed. 

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for ensuring a safe, fun, engaging, and educational experience for all junior unit campers (age ranging between 1st-6th grade). Counselors live in a cabin of 6-8 campers, attend trainings and meetings, provide supervision and community expectations, create positive environment for campers and peers, and assist in the cleaning and maintenance of unit areas.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Act as role model for campers including setting clear cabin expectations and providing first line of support for campers needs including homesickness, conflict mediation, and team building.

  • Lead and live with a group of 6-8 youth including gathering camper interests for scheduling, setting and following community expectations and being a safe and supportive mentor during their time at camp. 
  • Responsible for ensuring campers basic needs are met including sufficient sleep, hygiene, reasonable eating habits and cooperation with the Medical Staff and Camp Director in case of illness.

2. Ensure a safe social, emotional, and physical environment for campers and staff members. 

  • Set clear safety and behavior expectations for campers. Follow all Namanu safety and emergency protocols. 
  • Provide timely follow up on any accident/ incidents reporting. 
  • Collaboratively work with other staff in unit to maintain a clean and safe work environment, including end of season inventory of supplies. 

3. Assist and lead various activities for campers to support intended camper outcomes and engagement within the camp community. 

  • Assist program staff with songs, arts and crafts, science experiments, cooking projects, and field trip activities, etc. Training provided. 
  • Lead cabin unit in group activities, including games, songs, etc.
  • Assist in coordinating cabin, unit and all-camp activity planning and facilitation including events such as free choice, campfires, group games, skit night, etc. 

4. This role will come in contact with campers, families, visitors, vendors and employees. Each of these persons may have visible and invisible qualities that makes that person unique. This includes race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. This role requires sustaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environments by having respectful and considerate behavior, thoughtful and constructive speech to all.

  • Ability to commit to learning and applying an equity lens to the delivery of youth programming and community building.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation including supporting Namanu by assisting with duties outside of this role.
  • Open to feedback and contributing to an environment of continual learning. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall wellbeing of campers and supports staff with direct child supervision. No staff supervision responsibilities.


Ability to perform job duties required for this position with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Has a High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. We are able to hire a small number of current high-school aged staff that are at least 16-years-old, but the majority of our staff must be 18 years or older.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to interact with campers of varying age levels.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret instructions.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Prior to June 2022, must be able to obtain a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and complete the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse online training module. https://occd.educadium.com/

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently move up to 25 pounds and occasionally move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to traverse varied terrain over the 60 acres of main camp, be stationary for prolonged periods, gather supplies from various heights and locations. In compliance with covid-19 protocols, employees are asked to wear a face mask when not actively consuming food/beverage. 

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions 95% of the time. The employee may be occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with occasional periods of excessive noise (i.e. meal times, talent show).

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all people of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all youth, families, staff, and members of the greater community. 

Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.