Cabin Counselor - AstroCamp CA
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AstroCamp CA - Idyllwild, CA
Cabin Counselor

Position: Cabin Counselor – AstroCamp CA

Location: Idyllwild, CA

Work Year: Summer Season (Estimated June, July, August)

Responsible to: Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director/Head Counselor(s)

**This estimated start date is contingent and could change due to COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC, the State of California, and County Public Health Officials.**

General Responsibility:

A Cabin Counselor is responsible for the overall needs and support of campers. In addition, Cabin Counselors assist in the supervision and the facilitation of camp programs, rules, and regulations.

Specific Responsibilities (Examples of Duties):

1. Learn the names and likes/dislikes of your campers. Be knowledgeable about the needs of campers including special diets, eating habits, etc.

2. Assure the cleanliness of dorms and areas daily.

3. Counsel and support campers when necessary.

4. Create a cohesive bond within the camper group.

5. Supervise, participate in and occasionally lead recreation programs, maintaining control of the group.

6. Adhere to camp safety rules and company policies and procedures for the well-being of the continued well-being of the campers and staff.

7. Assist groups with programs. This may include lifeguarding, conducting hikes, or other recreational activities during all recreational periods.

8. Assist with meal supervision of food services, including set up and clean up. Sit with the campers during meals.

9. Assist with group arrival and departure procedures as assigned.

10. Be able to respond to emergency situations when necessary.

11. Assist with other departments when available.

12. Other duties as assigned by Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, or Head Counselor(s).

Essential Functions:

1. Must be able to effectively work with the campers, counselors, supervisors, and other staff.

2. Ability to communicate any problems with staff or campers to Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, or Head Counselor(s).

3. Ability to assist campers and staff in the transition of camp life.

4. Good physical condition with mobility, visual and auditory skills to maintain control of 8-10 campers in a variety of environments (in the dorms, on hikes, in learning sessions, in the water, etc).

5. Ability to lift, carry and move heavy objects when necessary.

6. Good communication and organization skills are necessary to ensure a good experience for the staff and campers.

7. Ability to properly respond to emergency situations and enforce appropriate safety rules.


1. Housing

2. Full meals at the camp dining hall when the kitchen is in operation.

3. Workers compensation insurance and state disability insurance.

4. Ability to participate in camp programs.

5. Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful outdoor environment.

6. COVID-19 vaccination card-completely vaccinated 4 weeks before coming to camp. This is a MUST.

Special Skills & Abilities/Mental and Physical Demands:

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Staff may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments and to make reasonable accommodations as needed.

If traveling to our camps:

The employee member is subject to environmental conditions found working indoors/outdoors. The employee member is frequently subject to extreme heat, with temperatures up to 110 degrees while moving around in and outside of camp during the summer season. The employee member is frequently subject to loud noise when working in or around the camp. The employee member is subject to hazards which include proximity to moving mechanical parts, equipment found in kitchens and food service areas, sharp objects, and exposure to cleaning chemicals and animals. Other hazards may include slick floors and hot stoves, cookware, plate ware or glassware. The employee member is occasionally subject to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, or dust.

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).


First-year counselors will receive $365.00/week.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Must have completed one full year of college.

2. Must be at least two years older than the oldest camper age group (oldest camper=17 years old).

3. Past experience working with youth.

4. Must have strong communication and human relations skills.

5. Able to accept supervision and guidance and assist in activities where needed.

6. Desire to live and work in a remote camp community.

7. Desire to work with children and ability to supervise them in related activities.

8. Good character, integrity, flexibility, and adaptability.

9. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.

10. Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position successfully.

11. Desired Qualifications (not required)

        · Certification in lifeguard training (American Red Cross)

        · First aid and CPR