2018 Camp Counselor Application Process
DATE / DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Mahoning Extension Office no later than December 3rd by 4:30pm
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 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 7th.
- Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
- Must complete a minimum of 20 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+ 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 will need to attend a retreat on a Saturday in February, Counselor Camp Weekend in March, and will meet on Thursday evenings starting in May. 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 3, 2018 by 4:30pm.