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 also happy to have older Junior Counselors who love children and nature.
Junior Counselors must have attended Common Ground for a minimum of one summer or one academic year of 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!). Junior Counselors must be able to refrain from cursing or other inappropriate language, have the impulse control to keep hands to themselves and not engage in horseplay with small children, agree to keep their phone put away at all times during camp, and have the ability to follow and model camp rules. 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.
Note that we typically do NOT place Junior Counselors in the same group as their friend – JC’s are joining us to focus on being helpers in camp, not to be with their JC friend, and we usually find that placing friends together means they have a harder time fully participating in camp.
Junior Counselor sessions are only offered in two week blocks. This allows Junior Counselors time to learn the routines of camp and truly be a part of their staff team. An optional orientation meeting is offered at the end of June (date TBD).
Documentation of community service hours will be provided for all JC’s. A session (two weeks) of Junior Counselor participation is 65 community service hours, if fully attended.
Camper/Staff ratio: One head teacher coordinates the experience for the Junior Counselors.
All Junior Counselors will receive a camp staff t-shirt, a water bottle, and a camp hoodie (hoodies are included free with JC registration)!
Time: 8:30 – 3:00 (extended day available from 7:30 – 8:30 AM and/or 3:00 – 5:30 PM)
- Session 1: July 6 – 17, 2020
- Session 2: July 20 – 31, 2020
- Session 3: August 3 – 14, 2020
Fee: $340 per two-week session
- Financial aid is available. Apply online HERE