2023 Camp Counselor Application Process
2023 Camp Whitewood Dates: Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2023
Complete the online Counselor Application by clicking on this link: https://go.osu.edu/2023counselorapp
For a paper application please click here: 2023 Camp Counselor Application (paper form)
DATE / DEADLINE: Complete this online application, Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct by January 9, 2023.
2023 CAMP COUNSELOR INTERVIEWS: In-person interviews will be conducted on Monday, January 16, 2023 at both the Mahoning and Portage county Extension Offices. Applicants will be contacted through email by Wednesday, January 11, 2023 to set up a time and place for your interview.
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 the start of camp.
- Must be a current active 4-H member in good standing.
- Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
- Must complete a minimum of 20 hours of training (6 of these hours must be on-sight at Camp Whitewood).
- Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
- Must Sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form (both are online forms).
- First time applicants must provide contact information for two references, returning counselors must provide one.
- If the individual is 18+ year 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 must attend Counselor Zoom trainings, online course trainings, in person meetings, and one 4-H Camp Whitewood counselor weekend (dates of meetings and trainings will be provided later).
- Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.
- 4-H Camp Counselors will be trained on topics such as the camp counselor core competencies; risk management, including active shooter guidelines, emergency protocols, and child abuse recognition.
- Complete the application in its entirety.
- Provide two non-family references with contact information (returning counselors must provide one reference).
- Read and sign the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
- Complete this online application, Standards of Behavior, and Code of Conduct by January 9, 2023.