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Camp Counselor
Sep. 21, 2010
Come be a counselor here at HSJ and have the summer of a lifetime! Meet tons of new friends, get the chance to learn and explore who you are and what you want to do, and most of all have a meaninful impact on the lives of our region's Jewish youth.

General Counselor– The most meaningful and critical component of our camp staff; counselors are the influential front line role models who directly shape the camp experience for our region’s youth.


  • Skill and ability in working with children. Ability to communicate with, relate to, and serve as an example.
  • Ability to serve as an adult role model -- surrogate parent -- for all campers.
  • Willingness and ability to take full responsibility for the lives of campers. Common sense, safety-consciousness, and high moral character required.
  • Ability to accept guidance and support. Willingness and ability to ask for help.
  • Ability to assist in teaching activities.
  • Junior Counselor must be 18 or entering college freshman. Senior Counselor must be 19 or entering college sophomore or older.


  • Directly responsible for all campers living in one’s assigned cabin: day-to-day involvement with campers as individuals, imparting of camp rules, policies and traditions. Help every camper make friends, become acclimated to life at Camp, grow towards his or her potential, and become part of the community.
  • Responsible for the health, safety, and happiness of ALL campers at ALL times.
  • Act as "early-warning system" for campers with problems. Refer to other staff when appropriate. Communicate with campers’ parents when necessary, and ONLY when necessary as determined by the Camp Director.
  • Ensure campers exercise good hygiene and health practices. Notify Nurse of problems.
  • Help campers keep track of belongings.
  • Directly responsible for cleanliness and good repair of the cabin.
  • Participate regularly and enthusiastically in all Camp programs.
  • Teach or assist in teaching electives and specialties. Plan and lead cabin activities.
  • Take an active role in evening program and/or Kehillah planning.
  • Attend in-camp training sessions and staff meetings as required.
  • Be totally familiar with all emergency procedures and first aid.

Designated Supervisor: Unit Head

*Select third-year counselors may be invited to be Cornerstone Fellows. This opportunity, sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, will include a pre-camp training retreat and a small salary stipend. Camp leadership will select Cornerstone Fellows out of the qualified pool of hired counselors.

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