Summer Camp Counselor


Cal-Wood Education Center


Jamestown, CO



Stephanie Dobbie

Cal-Wood Education Center is a 1,200 acre scenic mountain setting 15 miles northwest of Boulder.  We connect youth and families with nature through outdoor, environmental education and camping programs. 

Summer Camp Counselors will have a unique opportunity to provide our campers (primarily middle and high school age) with a fun, safe, and unforgettable experience in our 1,200 acres classroom. Alongside a Cal-Wood Instructor, you will be responsible for the needs of a group of campers during the day and in the cabins in the evenings. This includes campers’ social, physical, medical, and emotional needs. You will set a good example for behavior and attitude for your campers. You will also serve as a liaison between campers and administrative staff, and provide regular feedback to administrators to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of camp operations. 

Responsibilities of the Summer Camp Counselors: 

  • Make connections with campers and develop meaningful relationships.
  • Lead campers through various outdoor and indoor activities such as campfires, hiking, games, fishing, archery, crafts, star gazing, survival skills, and orienteering. 
  • Stay overnight in-cabin with your assigned campers. 
  • Facilitate meals and supervise down time. 
  • Create opportunities within the group to allow for each camper to experience success.
  • Be alert to the needs of campers and act accordingly and appropriately. 
  • Communicate the needs of campers to the administrative staff when appropriate.
  • Show enthusiasm and encourage campers to get involved in the activities and discussions.
  • Be a good role model by demonstrating positivity, cleanliness, punctuality, sharing, chores, sportsmanship, and table manners.
  • Maintain good public relations when interacting with parents and community members.
  • Instruct campers on emergency procedures and ensure procedures are followed correctly when necessary. 
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff. 
  • Support other staff in the arrival, program, and departure of all campers. 
  • Participate in debrief meetings at the end of each week and preparation for the following week of programs.
  • One week of camp includes Hunter Education, archery and shooting practice, if desired

Qualities and Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age. High School diploma required.
  • Experience working with youth (10-17 year olds) 
  • First Aid/CPR certifications required (can be completed during staff training).
  • Spanish ability is highly desired, but not mandatory.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


  • Live and work in the beautiful Rocky Mountains
  • Access pro-deals on outdoor gear
  • Learn new skills such as fishing, archery, orienteering and survival skills
  • Complete Hunter Education, if desired

Exact dates of employment to be determined but roughly from June 10 - July 30.