Counseling Staff Positions
Camp Counselors (162 full-summer positions available, room & board included)Central Camp Counselors serve as role models for campers by demonstrating respect and discipline, and by living by the established camp policies. Duties include: live with 10 - 11 campers, eat with your assigned cabin, supervise clean-up details, plan recreational and social activities, launder the campers' uniform clothes every other day, work 15 - 20 hours a week at a specific work assignment (including performing and artistic assignments), and consistently evaluate and act on all campers' special needs, problems, and concerns. Camp Counselors are role models, leaders, supervisors, problem solvers, motivators, friends, and guardians for Blue Lake campers.
Central Camp Counselors/Lifeguards have the same responsibilities as central camp counselors, except that their work assignment is that of a Lifeguard. These counselors also have opportunities to perform with various camp music ensembles or complete other job assignments. Blue Lake will certify candidates with Red Cross certifications prior to staff orientation. Candidates for Lifeguard positions must be physically fit, competent swimmers, and available to arrive at camp by June 10 for American Red Cross Life Guard training.
Junior Camp (Camp Bernstein) Counselors have the same responsibilities as Central Camp staff. Work assignments may include teaching sectional and/or technique classes for the Camp Bernstein students. For those interested in these limited sectional/technique teaching positions, a recorded audition is required and teaching experience is preferred. Some counselors may also teach elective classes of art, choir, theater, jazz studies, history of music, or nature studies. For those interested in these limited elective teaching positions, a resume is required and teaching experience is preferred.
Unit Counselors have the same responsibilities as central camp cabin counselors, except that they are not assigned a specific group of campers. Instead, unit counselors work with a team of other staff members to provide support and supervision to the larger camper group and living area, as well as fill in for cabin counselors who are ill or are called away from camp on emergencies.
Unit Directors (18 full-summer positions available, room & board included)
Each unit of six cabins is supervised by one Unit Director. Duties include: supervising the counselors of your designated unit, organizing all required paperwork, planning unit activities, delivering important announcements and information to campers and counselors, assisting campers that need special attention, communicating with camper parents, and any other duties designated by the Director of Student Services. Previous camp leadership experience and good communication skills are a must.
Staff Leadership (dates vary by position, room & board included)
Associate Staff Director: Work directly with administrative leadership to assist counseling staff with needs and concerns, and assist with administrative duties as requested. Supervise all session breaks, stay-over and early-arrival campers, and camper transportation. Extensive experience with Blue Lake counseling and administration required.
Camp Bernstein Director: Work directly with the administrative leadership to plan the Junior Camp's schedule and activities and maintain its ideals. Supervise a staff of 22 counselors in a variety of duties. Extensive experience with Blue Lake counseling and administration required.
Health Lodge Director: Work together with Director of Health Services to supervise health staff, maintain work schedule, communicate with camper parents, and complete other duties as assigned. Previous experience at Blue Lake required, experience at Health Lodge preferred. Minimum certification: American Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder.
Recreation Director: Supervise, coordinate, and promote all camper recreation offerings. Maintain and supervise use of all camp pools. Train and supervise staff of 15 - 20 life guards and eight recreation assistants. Serve as Health Officer and provide leadership to Health Lodge. Supervisory and training experience preferred. Minimum certification required: American Red Cross Life Guard; Life guard Management; CPR-PR and Standard First Aid.