A camp coordinator wears many hats and plays many different roles. While camps come in a variety of themes, locations and styles, the camp coordinator position remains relatively stable across all of them. The camp coordinator interacts with counselors, campers and families. He is responsible for promoting and marketing the camp. This may require booking speaking engagements and traveling to them.
Age and Experience
Most camps require that a camp coordinator be at least 18 years old, but some require you to be 21. While a college degree is not needed for a camp coordinator position, at least one year of experience or education is needed. Desired fields of study include social services, leisure studies, recreation or child development. In addition, some camps such as those that are faith-based may require that you are Christian. A camp coordinator is required to have basic CPR and first aid experience.
Many camps are only run certain months out of the year, mainly in the summer. But that doesn't mean the camp coordinator only works three to five months a year. The non-camp months are when much of the planning and preparation is done so that the months that the camp is running can work as smoothly as possible. Some of the things to be done in the off-season are promote the camp and solicit campers; recruit, train, and hire staff; plan activities and field trips; and seek donations of or purchase needed camp equipment.
During the camp season, the camp coordinator will check campers and counselors in. She will make cabin assignments and will fill in for camp counselors and support staff when they need a break from their duties. She reports back to families if there is a problem with a child while at camp. She verifies that all activities have the proper supplies such as craft materials or play equipment.
The camp coordinator has general supervision over the camp counselors and support staff so prior supervisory experience is strongly desired. As such she will schedule staff work hours to ensure the camp is adequately staffed throughout the week. She is also responsible for the safety of all campers while in the camp's care. The camp coordinator reports to the camp director and may have to fill in her for as needed.
While a camp coordinator job sounds very active, providing the opportunity to be outside much of the time, he does have much office work. He must maintain files on all campers and staff in case emergencies arise. He must also maintain standard operating procedures, such as safety guidelines to be used if the camp ever needed to be evacuated.
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