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Camp Counselor in Sandy, Oregon

Job Details

  • Date Posted: April 17, 2022
  • Location: Sandy, Oregon
  • Company: Camp Namanu - Camp Fire Columbia
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary: $480 / week
  • Housing Offered: Yes
  • Experience: Some experience required

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We are currently Hiring for Camp Counselor to join us for our summer 2022 season!

What we offer:

Room and board

Competitive pay $80-$95 per day or $480-$570 per week

Comprehensive 10-day training

Two paid holidays, Juneteenth and 4th of July

Employee Assistance Program

4- hour extended time off each week


June 13th to August 21 Sunday to Friday

Working at Namanu gives you a wonderful opportunity to be outside in the beautiful forest build a wide range of life skills and working experience that can be applied to your future career, the opportunity to make a positive and life changing impact on our campers and yourself, and build community and connections that will last you a lifetime.

Organization Overview:

At Camp Fire Columbia, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to find and pursue their spark– a passion that inspires and drives them to set and achieve goals for their future. Founded in 1910, our comprehensive programs start with early intervention at the elementary level, bridges the learning gap for middle school, and helps students thrive and plan for bright futures during high school. During the schoolyear, Camp Fire works in partnership with dozens of schools in the Metro Area. During the summer months, we offer summer camps in the Portland metro area and at our beautiful 552-acre camp, Camp Namanu, bordered by the vibrant Sandy River and presided over by century old trees. For more information, please visit:

Camp Fire is committed to building a diverse team and culture. We recognize that there are many aspects of one’s life experience that contributes to the growth of our organization. We encourage everyone to apply. If you believe in our values and mission and want to contribute to the work we do, we want to hear from you, even if you don’t meet every one of the qualifications listed.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for ensuring a safe, fun, engaging, and educational experience for campers (age ranging between 1st-12th grade). Counselors live in a cabin of 6-8 campers, attend trainings and meetings, provide supervision and community expectations, create positive environment for campers and peers, and assist in the cleaning and maintenance of unit areas.

Essential duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Act as role model for campers including setting clear cabin expectations and providing first line of support for campers needs including homesickness, conflict mediation, and team building.
    • Lead and live with a group of 6-8 youth including gathering camper interests for scheduling, setting and following community expectations and being a safe and supportive mentor during their time at camp.
    • Responsible for ensuring campers basic needs are met including sufficient sleep, hygiene, reasonable eating habits and cooperation with the Medical Staff and Camp Director in case of illness.
  2. Ensure a safe social, emotional, and physical environment for campers and staff members.
    • Set clear safety and behavior expectations for campers. Follow all Namanu safety and emergency protocols.
    • Provide timely follow up on any accident/ incidents reporting.
    • Collaboratively work with other staff in unit to maintain a clean and safe work environment, including end of season inventory of supplies.
  3. Assist and lead various activities for campers to support intended camper outcomes and engagement within the camp community.
    • Assist program staff with songs, arts and crafts, science experiments, cooking projects, and field trip activities, etc. Training provided.
    • Lead cabin unit in group activities, including games, songs, etc.
    • Assist in coordinating cabin, unit and all-camp activity planning and facilitation including events such as free choice, campfires, group games, skit night, etc.
  4. This role will come in contact with campers, families, visitors, vendors and employees. Each of these persons may have visible and invisible qualities that makes that person unique. This includes race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities. This role requires sustaining an inclusive and equitable learning and working environments by having respectful and considerate behavior, thoughtful and constructive speech to all.
    • Ability to commit to learning and applying an equity lens to the delivery of youth programming and community building.
    • Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation including supporting Namanu by assisting with duties outside of this role.
    • Open to feedback and contributing to an environment of continual learning.


  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, volunteers, parents, and contractors; including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Has a High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. We are able to hire a small number of current high-school aged staff that are at least 16-years-old, but the majority of our staff must be 18 years or older.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manages time and stress levels, and proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to interact with campers of varying age levels.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret instructions.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Prior to June 2022, must be able to obtain a valid Oregon Food Handler’s card, First Aid & CPR certification and complete the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse online training module. Additional certifications may be required see specific job description for applicable certifications.