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2024 Camp Director

Job Details

Various Park District Locations - , IL
High School / GED
$18.50 - $23.13 Hourly


Are you looking for a Fun Summer Job where you can create extraordinary experiences and memories to last a lifetime for Summer Campers, and gain valuable leadership experience to build your résumé? The Park District of Highland Park is looking for you to work as a Camp Director!


In this position, you are responsible for the overall care and well-being of all campers within an assigned camp program. You will provide camp program leadership and supervision to campers, with the help of camp counselor(s), coordinate daily camp activity plans, and communicate effectively with both parents and campers. You will ensure all camp policies are followed. You will plan and implement camp curriculum with assistance from a Recreation Supervisor. You will take attendance/headcount of campers’ multiple times a day, maintain the cleanliness of camp areas, assist with setup and takedown of activities and keeping track of supplies. You may distribute medication when directed to specific camp participants, as approved, and you may provide guidance and work alongside a Counselor-In-Training. You are expected to act positively and professionally when working with coworkers, campers, and parents. The camp location will be at a Park District site or School site in Highland Park.

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You will be given the option to specify your camp preferences in the application.




Camp Title


After Camp at West Ridge


Before Camp at West Ridge

Make friends with campers of a wide variety of ages and interests while enjoying indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting). After Camp Counselors will be bused to West Ridge Center from their main camp and must plan to stay until 5:30pm. Before Camp Counselors must arrive by 7:15am and will be bused from West Ridge Center to their main camp.

Camp Sunshine

The perfect first camp opportunity for your little one! Campers follow a schedule of activities throughout their busy day including weekly swim lessons, indoor/outdoor art projects, songs, games, show and tell. Ages 4-5

CIT-Counselors in Training

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a great opportunity for pre-teens to gain confidence, independence, and leadership skills. Ages 11-14

Crew Camp


SPOT (Summer Play at Oak Terrace) Camp

No need to choose one favorite activity; this traditional camp experience offers a little bit of everything. Ages 6-14

Dance Camp

This camp is designed for participants who love to dance and are looking to make dance friends, while learning different dance styles. Ages 6-10

Girls Play Strong Camp

Camp is filled with activities and field trips designed to create the perfect mix of a traditional camp experience with a focus on sports to help young females embrace their inner strength. Ages 8-12

High Tide Low Tide

Make new friends, explore new places, and play on the beach every day (weather permitting).

Into the Wild Lakeshore

Find your adventure out in the wild! Join us on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the woods of Heller Nature Center and off on several outdoor adventures during the summer.

Overnight Adventures Junior (5-6 grade) & Seniors (6 7th grade)

Overnight Adventures is just like it sounds, staff and campers enjoy weekly campouts ranging from 1-3 nights while also exploring and trying new outdoor experiences. Junior Camp is 4 weeks, Senior Camp is 8 weeks. The pay rate is $20.50 – 32.00 per hour depending on experience.

Spanish Immersion Camp

Learn and practice your Spanish while you search for wildlife, design art, create stories, practice archery, swim, and play games. Campers will be able to expand their Spanish vocabulary, experience culture through arts and play, and try new excursions.

Take the Stage Theater Camp

No experience is necessary for Take the Stage Theater Camp, but a love for theater is encouraged. At the end of each session, campers will perform a children's length musical for friends and family. Ages 6-10

Tennis Camp

Instruct tennis lessons and supervisor camp participants throughout a full day of camp. Effectively communicate and demonstrate proper techniques to junior players and follow group lessons. Monitor and maintain safety during all camp field trips.

Visual Arts Camp

Experience a totally immersive artistic journey. This camp will allow young artists the ability to enhance and learn new skills and let their ideas roam freely. Ages 6-12

Supervisory Experience:Directly supervise Camp Assistant Director and Camp Counselors. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the District’s policies and applicable laws. Plan, assign, and direct work; evaluate performance of camp staff in coordination with Recreation Supervisor; address complaints and resolve issues in a professional and proactive manner.

Qualifications: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training. Experience in the camp program area is strongly preferred. American Red Cross CPR/AED certification is required: you will be offered certification opportunities as part of pre-camp training.

What if you feel or we think you aren't 100% ready to be a Camp Director? No worries, the Park District is also looking for Assistant Camp Director's starting at $16.75/hour.


Benefits:Individual Basic Membership to Fitness club & Recreation Center*+; Individual Seasonal Membership to Hidden Creek AquaPark*; Two (2) free rounds of Golf with cart included, Mon-Thu after 4 pm at Sunset Valley Golf Club*+; Refer a friend and receive a $100.00 bonus**.

*Valid for use Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Holidays not included.

+Valid for use during non-prime hours

**To get bonus, friend must be hired, and you both must remain in your job at least 60 days

The Park District of Highland Park is an equal opportunity employer.