Student Employment

Camp Counselor

Conference & Event Planning

Job #: 500562
Location: South Quad
Department: Conference Services
Rate: $170-$190 per week stipend, depending on experience
Resume Required? Yes
Work-Study? Either, Work-Study or Non-Work-Study Available

Camp Counselor, Wolverine Summer Camps

The key responsibility for this position is the overnight supervision of minor campers attending various athletic camps at the University of Michigan. Our number one priority is safety, and our number two priority is fun!

Camp counselors must have enthusiasm, energy, flexibility and passion for working with minors. Camp counselors work 36 – 40 hours per week and have responsibility for up to 20 - 45 minors when on duty. In addition to overnight supervision on the floors, counselors work in teams to plan evening activities for campers, and to cover administrative work. Counselors will also work registrations, which involves checking in campers on a weekly basis. Registrations typically occur on Sundays at varying times through the day, but some may be scheduled during the week, as well.

Camp counselors handle supervision, planned activities, floor meetings, and general oversight of all campers. Counselors will be expected to supervise campers and will encounter varied situations from discipline to homesickness to emergencies. Counselors may be called upon to communicate and respond to parents. Mandatory training is provided. Camp coordinators are on-duty to help and support the counselors.

Counselors will primarily work and live in South Quad.

Supervision of Camp counselors is shared by the Camp Coordinators and Camp Manager.

Time Commitment & Work Schedule
This is a live-in position. The position requires 36 – 40 hours per week. Camp counselors will work some weekends and holidays, with most registrations occurring on Sundays. Work assignments and schedules depend on the number of camps and campers in residence. Training starts in late May, Counselors move-in at the end of May and are only allowed early move-in under special circumstances. Counselor move-out will occur at the conclusion of the last camp around mid-August. Counselors are expected to commit to the full 12 weeks of responsibilities. Campers arrive on or about June 10th and finish by mid-August. Approval of variations or exceptions to this schedule must be approved by the Camps Manager.

1st year Counselors: Room and Board (3 meals a day) plus $170/week taxed stipend
2nd year Counselors: Room and Board (3 meals a day) plus $180/week taxed stipend
3rd year+ Counselors: Room and Board (3 meals a day) plus $190/week taxed stipend

Room and Board compensation will be processed in the form of a Housing scholarship and will be added to your financial aid package if taking classes.


• Attend Summer Kickoff meeting, TBD in April.
• Participate in the preparation of the building for camper arrival.
• Participate in counselor training, individual and group work assignments.
• Attend nightly staff and activities meeting.
• Act as an ambassador for the University of Michigan. Exhibit energy and enthusiasm for an awesome camp experience for each and every camper.
• Be a positive member of the team. Collaboration and support of other counselors is a requirement for this position.
• Model a commitment to a diverse community by creating and fostering an environment in which all individuals are respected and encouraged.
• Meet on-duty responsibilities as designated by the Camp Manager or supervisor.
• Enforce the Community Living Standards while modeling personal behavior that is consistent with the Community Living Standards, Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and all state and federal laws.
• Be a positive role model for campers.
• This is a live-in nightly position and although the job involves fun activities with children, responsibilities are not to be taken lightly--you are expected to work hard and treat this job with the same respect as any other. The camps manager is willing to be flexible with class and day-time work schedules because a lot is expected from counselors each night.

Required Qualifications
• Prior experience as a camp counselor or in a related field is required
• Strong commitment to customer service and offering a quality guest experience
• Enthusiasm for a high-energy and joyful camp experience is a must
• Strong desire to engage kids and be a positive role model
• Desire to be part of a work team
• Strong communication and collaboration skills are required for success in a close knit work group
• Candidates must be enrolled U-M students and are expected to be ambassadors for the University of Michigan

Desired Qualifications
• Previous work experience in U-M Athletic Camps is desired
• Familiarity with U-M housing policies and procedures is highly desirable

Typical Work Night
• 7:45p - Activities meeting
• 8:00p - Go to scheduled activity (crafts, games, karaoke, door guard)
• First/Last night 10:00p - Hall Meetings
• Counselors without campers are able to check-out for the night if they are not needed for supervision
• 10:00p – All counselors return to hallways for supervision
• 10:30p - Bed checks (or earlier depending on athletic camp needs)
• 12:30a - Counselors on hall can go to bed if all campers are asleep
• 7a-8a Counselors are awake to assist campers if needed

Spring/Summer: 5/29/18 - 8/12/18
Hours per week: 36-40