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Head Counsellor Job Description

Head Counsellor Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for 3 experienced Camp Counsellors who are looking for a new role at Summer Camp. The Head Counsellor roles are leadership roles at Camp Cooper - you will also be assisting with all aspects of running Camp and responsible for managing the Camp Counsellors.

The Head Counsellors will need to be fantastic role models, leaders and mentors to the counsellors. They need to be able to build strong relationships and teach counsellors key skills to ensure they are great at their roles.

Head Counsellor Key responsibilities

  • Managing Camp Counsellors 
  • Running Staff Meetings
  • Dealing with camper issues - e.g. homesickness, arguments, challenging behaviour
  • Scheduling activities
  • Helping run large events
  • Helping in the office and organising Camp logistics
  • Writing and giving staff evaluations
  • Overseeing the CIT (Counsellor In Training Programme)

Head Counsellor Position 1

We are looking for one male Head Counsellor and one female Head Counsellor to work closely with their respective gender counsellors. 

Head Counsellor Position 2

We are looking for a Head Counsellor who will focus 50% of their role on looking after the CIT (Counsellor-In-Training Programme for the 17 & 18 year olds attending Camp). The other 50% of the role will be working with the other Head Counsellors to help manage the counsellors and deal with any issues that arise.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


  • Experience working directly with groups of young people aged 7-17
  • Experience working as a Camp Counsellor at Camp Cooper or a traditional American summer camp
  • Have or willing to obtain a first aid certificate
  • Fluent in English
  • Abillity to be a positive role model for young people
  • Ability to lead trainng sessions 
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Maturity to be responsible for the care, well-being and safety of young people


  • Experience of working with young people from a range of nationalities

Other Information

  1. Applicant must successfully pass full background and reference checks
  2. Applicant must be available to work the duration of the Camp, including staff training.
  3. Staff get 1 day off per week, scheduled by the Camp
  4. The salary for working at Camp is £2700. This includes room and board (the salary is subject to all normal UK taxes - e.g. PAYE and National Insurance Contributions)

Summer Employment Dates:

Leadership Staff Training: Monday June 18th - Wednesday June 20th, 2018

Camp Start Date(including normal staff training): Monday June 25th, 2018 (2pm)

Camp End Date: Saturday August 25th, 2018 (6pm)