2020 Camp Counselor Application Process

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DATE / DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Mahoning Extension Office no later than December 13, 2019, by 4:30 pm

2020 CAMP COUNSELOR INTERVIEWS: Monday, December 30, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Berlin Center Methodist Church, 15611 W. Akron-Canfield Rd., Berlin Center 44401


The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-14 during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Mahoning and Portage County 4-H Program will be strengthened and expanded. Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for the safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills



  • Must be at least 16 years old by July 5th.
  • Must be a CURRENT Active 4-H member in Mahoning or Portage County.
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 22 hours of training.
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • First-time applicants must provide two references, returning counselors must provide one reference.
  • If the individual is 18+ years old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.



  • Individuals who complete the application must also attend the interview process in order to be eligible.



4-H Camp Counselors will need to attend a retreat on a Saturday in February, Counselor Camp Weekend in March, and will meet on Thursday evenings starting in April. Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.


  • Complete the application in its entirety.
  • Turn in reference forms from two non-family members (returning counselors must turn in 1 reference).
  • Read and sign the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
  • Complete Health History Form (parent/guardian signature required if under the age of 18).
  • Return all materials to the Portage or Mahoning County Extension Office by Monday, December 13, 2019, by 4:30 pm.