2021 Camp Counselor Application Process
Complete the online Conselor Application by clicking on this link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bwoMP4xkdZPiqu9
For a paper application please click here: 2021 Camp Counselor Application (paper form)
DATE / DEADLINE: Complete this online application, Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct by December 1, 2020.
2020 CAMP COUNSELOR INTERVIEWS: Camp Counselor Interviews will be virtual on Zoom Monday, December 14, 2020 and Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on both days. Once the application is received, a Zoom link and time will be emailed to the applicant at the email provided on the application by December 8, 2020.
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.
- Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
- Must complete a minimum of 20 hours of training (2 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 December 1, 2020.