Job Title: Resident Camp Counselor
Reports to: Unit Director
Classification: Temporary, Seasonal
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Dates: June 19 – August 21

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive program starts with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the schoolyear, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. Our programs directly serve over 4,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region. Camp Fire Columbia helps serve an additional 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects. For more information, please visit:

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for ensuring a safe, fun, engaging, and educational experience for all campers. Counselors are also responsible for leading various activities for campers including, but not limited to: games and sports, arts and crafts, science experiments, cooking projects, and field trip activities etc. Counselors are responsible for aiding in camper safety through supervision and assist with appropriate camp behavior management strategies.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Implements activities, lessons, or other programming time for campers.
  2. Ensures safety of all camp participants and facilities.
  3. Observes and assesses the appropriateness of camper behaviors, follows appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and applies appropriate behavior management techniques.


Job Duties:

  • Attends and actively participates in camp trainings and adheres to Camp Fire Policies and Procedures.
  • Participates during pre-camp trainings and in all camp meetings and activities.
  • Helps prepare camp for closing, as needed.
  • Leads and is responsible for a group of 6 to 12 youth and guides them through their Namanu camp experience.
  • Plans with campers and participates in group, unit, and all camp activities.
  • Assists other Counselors in executing their own program ideas.
  • Maintains our basic standard of intentional programming with campers.
  • Works with other staff as assigned to meet the needs of campers.
  • Reports all accidents and incidents to Unit Lead and Day Camp Director and fills out reports, as required.
  • Stays alert for any signs of illness or fatigue and sees that the camper is seen by the Day Camp Director in such instances.
  • Ensures and maintains the cleanliness of camp facilities and grounds.
  • Stays alert to all safety hazards in areas and equipment used by campers, especially being aware of all non-Day Camp personnel and facilities.
  • Adheres to all safety protocols and risk management procedures.
  • Assists with general facility cleaning/maintenance including, vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping floors, taking out recycling and garbage, neatening unit rooms, maintaining organization in supply closets etc.
  • Assists with camp shutdown and clean-up after camp ends.
  • Assists with snack preparation and clean-up and other tasks as assigned.
  • Ensures policies and practices are followed that lead to safe and successful program experiences for all participants and staff.
  • Acts as a role model for enjoyment, integrity and dedication in the work of Camp Fire… we are in it for the kids!
  • Supports the mission, purpose and leadership of Camp Fire and projects a positive image of Camp Fire.
  • Attends Camp Fire meetings and events, as required.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.


Soft Skills:

  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Self-starter, proactive.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of the organization.
  • Always treats youth, coworkers, and volunteers with respect and kindness.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and adults at all times.



Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Previous experience with camp or youth development programming is strongly preferred.


Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Computer Skills:

Has advanced basic computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

This position requires a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card and First Aid & CPR certification.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation: Position includes room and board and starts $36/day.


Application Process: 

  • Send cover letter, resume and three references to Human Resources with subject line, “Resident Camp Counselor” to:
  • Positions will remain open until filled.

Our Commitment:

Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-responsive, inclusive, and safe environment for all children, families and staff.


Camp Fire Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.