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Ages 13+

Our Junior Counselors are enthusiastic, energetic volunteers who learn about responsibility and working on a team as they partner with camp counselors and camp teachers to lead activities, play games, and participate in all aspects of camp. Most JC’s are 13 and 14 years old, but we are happy to have older applicants who love children and nature. Junior Counselors must have attended Common Ground for a minimum of one summer or one academic year of after school programs before joining us a Junior Counselor.

Training and supervision are part of the JC program, however we ask that JC’s have the motivation and maturity to participate as role models for campers ages 4 – 10 years old. It is important that the JC feel ready and excited to take on this role (with support from our JC head teacher, of course!). Please call the camp director at 203-389-4333 x 1213 if you have questions about whether or not this might be a good fit for your child.

Junior Counselors may be registered for whatever weeks best fit your family schedule – we understand that family summer plans can be complicated! If possible, it is highly recommended that JC’s participate for a minimum of two weeks.  This allows them to learn the routines of camp and truly be a part of their staff team. In addition, all Junior Counselors must attend an orientation meeting (date TBD, but it will be at the end of June 2017).

Documentation of community service hours will be provided for all JC’s. A week of camp is 32.5 community service hours, if fully attended.

Camper/Staff ratio: One head teacher coordinates the experience for the Junior Counselors. We have 12 JC’s each week.

All Junior Counselors will receive a camp staff t-shirt, a water bottle, and a camp hoodie!


Time: 8:30 – 3:00 (extended day available from 7:30 – 8:30 AM and/or 3:00 – 5:30 PM)

Dates: 

  • Session 1: Weds, July 5 – Friday, July 14 (1.5 weeks)
  • Session 2: July 17 – July 21, 2017
  • Session 3: July 24 – July 28, 2017
  • Session 4: July 31 – August 4, 2017
  • Session 5: August 7 – August 11, 2017

Fee: $155 per week (Session 1 is 8 days long and is $250)

  • We accept Care4Kids.
  • Financial aid is available. Apply online HERE, or complete and send in this form.
  • If you’d like to set up a payment plan, please contact Rebecca Holcombe (203) 389-4333 x 1213 or camp@commongroundct.org

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