Camp Counselor Resume Examples in 2023

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups camp counselors among recreation workers, a category that’s expected to see 10% job growth from 2019 to 2029. This increase in jobs is due to a growing emphasis on lifelong well-being and a need for work-life balance. As many camp counselors are students or young people who leave the industry when they find jobs in other occupations, there’s also a regular need for new workers.

Despite high growth in the industry, you may still face competition for high-quality positions. A strong resume lets you make a good first impression and gives the hiring manager plenty of reasons to set up an interview. The downloadable resume examples below can help you craft a good resume whether you’re an experienced camp counselor or looking for your first position. You’ll also find tips for writing a good resume and tailoring your resume to fit the job description.

Downloadable Resume Examples


Example #1 Entry-level


Example #2 Mid-career


Example #3 Senior-level

Camp Counselor Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Nicole Hickons
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 First Street, Carol City, Florida 33055


Team-oriented college student with strong communication and leadership skills. Experience leading both youth and adult retreats, including weekend getaways and weeklong camps. Ability to speak before small and large groups and willingness to contribute toward team goals. Strong appreciation of the team-oriented nature and chaotic environments of camps and the flexibility that those characteristics require. Current CPR certification expires in December 2021.

Key Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience speaking before small and large groups
  • Team-oriented work ethic
  • Ability to adapt when schedules change


Coursework in Counseling
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, September 2019 – Present

High School Diploma
Central Florida High School, Orlando, Florida, September 2015 – May 2019

Professional Experience

Retreat Leader, Gainesville Methodist Retreat Center, Gainesville, FL
September 2020 – Present

  • Support logistics for weekend youth and adult retreats with approximately 75 participants
  • Moderate expert panel discussions during breakout sessions
  • Oversee small groups of six students during youth retreats

Camp Counselor, United Methodist Youth Camp, Central Park, FL
June 2020 – August 2020

  • Co-supervised group of 12 youth during weeklong camping sessions
  • Worked with other supervisors to plan group activities
  • Oversaw waterfront station with three other camp counselors
  • Provided emotional support to youth attendees as necessary


CPR Certification
American Red Cross January 2021

Jason Hart
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 My Street, San Francisco, CA 12345


Dedicated Camp Leader with 8+ years’ experience providing enriching extracurricular programs and 3+ years in a leadership position. Thorough understanding of safeguarding procedures and effective child protection. Adept at planning a range of high-quality educational and leisure activities to meet the needs of a diverse range of children aged 10-17. Able to lead large and small teams to deliver outstanding provision and ensure inspiring, enjoyable experiences for all campers.

Professional Experience

Camp Leader, Camp Galileo, San Francisco, CA
January 2018-Present

  • Plan a broad program of educational, extracurricular and sports activities in collaboration with team members to cater to a wide range of needs, including children with SEN
  • Monitor staff performance and provide guidance and support alongside a comprehensive training and CPD program
  • Enrollment of 200 to 300 children each session
  • Resolve queries and concerns from parents and students to ensure a nurturing environment where all children thrive
  • Oversee safeguarding to ensure that all children remain safe and healthy on-site

Camp Counsellor, Camp Tawonga, San Francisco, CA
January 2013-January 2018

  • Devised and led various sporting activities for children aged 10-14 that differentiated for a range of abilities
  • Created a safe and inclusive environment where all children felt valued
  • Monitored well-being and progress of all children, reporting concerns to management where necessary


Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Hospitality, and Park Management
California State University, Chico, CA, September 2013-June 2018

Key Skills

  • Purposeful and inspiring leadership style
  • Strong written and verbal communicator
  • Thorough knowledge of child development
  • Extensive experience of positive behavior management strategies


  • American Red Cross CPR Certification expires September 2022
  • American Red Cross First Aid Certification expires September 2022

John Martinez
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
1010 Blake Street, Denver, CO 12345


Enthusiastic camp counselor with 11+ years of full-time experience working with youth and directing camp activities. Adept at keeping campers engaged while they participate in fun, yet challenging activities. Maintains a positive and outgoing attitude while ensuring children are kept active in a safe environment. Supervises camp counselors to achieve developmental benchmarks and carry out the camp mission statement.

Professional Experience

Head Camp Counselor, Sherwood Forest, Denver, CO
October 2011 – Present

  • Responsible for directing daily activities for youth camp dedicated to engaging children in learning life skills in a fun and safe manner
  • Conducts wilderness survival training for campers based on age groups
  • Mentors new camp counselors and makes sure they have the resources needed to lead campers successfully
  • Maintains and updates database on camper demographic information, including health records and  behavior assessments
  • Enrollment average is 75 students

Assistant Summer Camp Counselor, Sunnybrook Camp, Boulder, CO
June 2009 – September 2011

  • Assisted camp counselors by supervising children at all times to ensure their engagement and safety
  • Helped to set up and tear down activities and directed children to their various classes
  • Communicated with families of campers weekly


Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Camp Management
The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, September 2005 – May 2009

Key Skills

  • Counseling
  • Team-building and conflict management skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Wilderness survival
  • Program administration


  • American Red Cross CPR Certification expires January 2023
  • American Red Cross First Aid Certification expires January 2023
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) expires August 2022

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Camp Counselor Resumes

Highlighting key skills and action verbs is an important factor in getting your resume noticed by a hiring manager. Hiring managers often use Applicant Tracking Systems to evaluate the resumes they receive. The ATS scans resumes looking for these keywords and phrases and ranks resumes based on the number that match. Highly ranked resumes are forwarded to the hiring manager for further investigation, so the more skill words you include, the greater your chance of being invited for an interview.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Behavioral analysis Build relationships
Child care Communication skills
Compassion CPR/first aid
Creativity Crisis intervention
Customer service Daily activities
Direct supervision Games
Good with kids Initiative
Instruction Lifeguard skills
Patience Positive energy
Problem-solving Recreational activities
Role model Staff meetings
Team player Youth worker
Action Verbs
Adapt Administer
Assign Camp
Collaborate Communicate
Create Develop
Direct Facilitate
Mentor Organize
Plan Play
Prepare Solve

Tips for Writing a Better Camp Counselor Resume

Highlight your relevant certifications

Some camp counselor positions may require specific certification. For example, a role directing water sports at a camp may require applicants to have a lifeguard certificate. It’s good to mention any relevant certificates you have as they help enhance your resume and demonstrate to employers that you intend to take the position seriously. Camps look highly upon applicants who have first aid and CPR certifications. There are also certifications aimed at camp staff to prepare them for the work. Be sure to include where and when you received the certificate or how long it will remain current.

Example #1


  • Lifeguard Certification, American Red Cross, 2020
  • CPR Certification, American Red Cross, 2020
  • First Aid Certification, American Red Cross, 2020


  • Lifeguard and CPR certificates

Example #2


  • Entry-Level Program Staff Certificate, American Camp Association, 2019
  • CPR Certification, American Red Cross, 2020


  • Certificates in camping and CPR

Feature your camp counseling soft skills

Camps look for a strong complement of soft skills when hiring camp counselors, as counselors spend much of their time interacting with children and other staff. Counselors need patience, initiative and a positive attitude. Camps also look for people with strong communication skills who can collaborate and work as part of a team and well-developed leadership skills. Make sure you emphasize at least one of your soft skills that’s relevant to the position.

Example #1


Lead groups of up to five teenagers, ensuring they complete required tasks, redirecting attention when they’re distracted and helping the entire group maintain a positive attitude


Worked with teenagers helping them complete assigned tasks

Example #2


Collaborated with a team of 10 day-camp counselors to create fun and engaging activities and communicated plans to campers and their parents


Designed activities for a day-camp program

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Hiring managers have specific requirements in mind when they start looking for a candidate and use the job description to define their needs. You can stand out from other applicants by tailoring your resume to ensure it includes the skills and experience the job description says are essential.

The most important requirements for the job are generally listed at the beginning of the job description or mentioned more than once. These are the key priorities that you should address in your resume. Include notable contributions that describe how you meet these needs, and avoid copy and pasting so that your resume doesn’t sound generic.

Example Camp Counselor Job Description

Camp Thoreau is looking for a positive and creative camp counselor to join our growing team. The successful candidate will take primary responsibility for a group of 6-8 campers for their stay and support, lead and motivate them to ensure they enjoy their time at camp. You will also work with other team members to plan and lead activities and educate campers on activities and projects. The ideal candidate will be organized, responsible and have a positive attitude


  • Plan and lead activities for children and young teens
  • Guide and teach a range of indoor and outdoor activities such as crafts, hiking and swimming
  • Monitor camper activity and ensure safety
  • Supervise campers during meals, daily routines and clean-up tasks
  • Support campers and help resolve conflicts
  • Clean, maintain and ensure proper use of camp facilities and equipment
  • Record details of incidents, such as accidents or behavioral problems, and report to parents and camp staff


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working in camps or with children
  • First aid and CPR certification preferred
  • Ability to pass a background check, a physical and have proof of immunizations
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Upbeat, positive attitude
  • High level of responsibility and safety awareness

The job description shows that the following skills and experience are essential for the position:

  • Safety-conscious
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teamwork
  • Plan
  • Educate
  • Positive attitude
  • Provide support
  • Supervise

Take what you highlighted in the job description and use that information to build your resume by including skills and experience that meet those needs. Below you can find an example of how best to incorporate these details in your resume.

Camp Counselor Work Experience Example

Camp Counselor

Noah’s Nature Camps, June 2019 – September 2019

  • Responsible for a group of 10 campers, leading and supervising group, providing support when homesick and resolving conflicts between the group
  • Planned fun events and activities with the counseling team designed to keep campers engaged and educated campers on how to complete projects and activities
  • Kept campers safe by following emergency and safety guidelines and intervening to stop unsafe activities; communicated incidents to parents and other camp staff
  • Helped campers maintain a positive attitude when faced with a change of plans due to poor weather, quickly adapted schedules and redirected energy to new projects