Camp Counselor- Discovery Day Camp and Adventure Academy
Godman Guild Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1898 with a focus on helping to build better neighborhoods – one person, one family at a time. Godman Guild’s programs are for all ages and are built to provide a continuum of success and support, making it possible for participants to achieve their academic and career goals.
Part of this mission is provided at Camp Mary Orton, which enables campers to explore nature and personal development as part of their growth to adulthood. For more information, please visit: or


Discovery Day Camp and Adventure Academy at Camp Mary Orton are week-long day camps that includes cooperative games and team-building initiatives, crafts and creativity, nature based exploration through hiking, creeking, and natural shelter building; Adventure Academy also includes high adventure elements (such as a climbing wall, zip-line, and ropes course). The Counselors take leadership in ensuring that the camp is successful and enjoyable to all campers, and that activities are a positive learning experience.

Camp counselors are role models and leaders for groups of children ages 6 to 14 in our Adventure Academy and Discovery Day Camp summer day camp programs. They are caring, playful and willing to participate in camp activities. They are responsible for the physical, social, and emotional well-being of campers.

  • Loves of kids and being outdoors

  • Understanding how to communicate and work with children 6-14 years old

  • For Adventure Academy- Ability to work with our trained facilitators to lead various adventure education activities (e.g. climbing wall)

  • The desire and ability to work in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere

  • Lots of enthusiasm, coupled with patience, a great sense of humor and self-control

  • Provide leadership for safety and development of children


  • Meet minimum age requirement of 17 years old by June 2022

  • Pass an Ohio Criminal Background check per state requirements

  • Completion of high school diploma preferred

  • CPR/FA certification (offered free)

  • Attend paid training during the two weeks prior to start of camp that includes successfully ‘checking out’ on how to familiarize themselves with adventure elements (e.g. climbing wall, zipline) and to provide all safety guidelines to campers

  • work hours for DDC: Mon-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm;

  • work hours for AA: Mon-Wed 8:30am-4:30pm, Thu 8:30am-8:30pm, Fri 8:30am-12:30pm

Candidates will be selected as a group and may work in different camps different weeks.

  • Take primary responsibility for health, well-being and happiness of campers

  • Make connections with campers and develop meaningful relationships

  • Demonstrate concern for the social adjustment of each camper

  • Provide opportunities for the group so each camper can experience success in activities

  • Actively manage camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, assure all safety procedures are maintained and apply age appropriate management techniques when necessary

  • Engage parents/guardians at drop off and pick up to establish a sense of connection

  • Be able to tell parent/guardian individual camper accomplishments each day

  • Encourage respect for fellow campers, personal property, camp equipment and facilities

  • Understand and implement emergency procedures in any potential minor or major situations

  • Present a positive example at all times and understanding that poor behavior can have lasting impact on campers

  • Enjoy nature and be able to have fun in the outdoors

  • Exhibit a level of athleticism for safe participation in adventure elements

  • Communicate regularly with CMO/ Camp leadership regarding any issues, concerns or challenges, as well as any pertinent updates on campers

  • Actively participate in daily staff check-in and debrief meetings

  • Ability to support and model COVID-19 Safety practices

  • Submit all paperwork and database updates on a timely basis

The Four Important Qualities all Counselors must possess:

  • A willingness to be silly if that is what it takes to make campers smile

  • An ability to recognize and acknowledge success (e.g. give ‘warm fuzzies) to all campers on a daily basis, and

  • Be a role model; we develop our counselors as leaders as skills that they can use in the future, and teach those to youth

  • Ability to be calm, creative, and learn while they teach

Vaccine required; masking policies for 2022 TBD. We take COVID seriously, and want you to also as a leader and role model.