4-H Camp Counselors provide care and coordinate activities for campers during the camp week. Being a 4-H Camp Counselor is a unique, amazing experience; however, because you are in care, custody, and control of minors, serving as a 4-H Camp Counselor requires a great deal of commitment, responsibility, maturity, and accountability. Counselors are required to attend 24 hours of mandatory training, held over the course of multiple meetings from the time of their selection to camp week. It is up to the counselor how they reach 24 hours but attendance at each regularly scheduled Marion County training is encouraged. 2022’s trainings are scheduled for the following dates:
- Wednesday, January 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- February 19-20, Making eXtreme Counselors
- Thursday March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 12, Ohio 4-H Conference
- Sunday, March 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 15, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday, June 19, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Late applications will not be accepted.
All components must be completed to be eligible.
Candidates must currently be in high school (9th – 12th grade) and at least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2022. Candidates MUST enjoy working with younger children. Camp counseling can be and is encouraged to be taken as a 4-H project. Selection based upon application, recommendations, interview, teaching activity/demonstration, previous leadership, and camping experiences, and ability to be a role model. Candidates must satisfactorily complete ACA requirement of 24 hours counselor training prior to camp. It will be the responsibility of the candidate to make-up missed hours; however, if training requirements are not met, candidate will not be allowed to attend camp. Candidates enrolled in 4-H will get preference over those not enrolled. If selected and not currently enrolled in 4-H, candidates MUST sign up for 4-H, join a club, and complete a project.
- Must be a member in good standing the year of camp and the prior year.
- Camp counselors must attend an overnight camp counselor training experience, TBD pending COVID-19.
- Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
- Must Sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form.
- If the individual is 18+ years old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.
Develop leadership skills, gain self-confidence, assist in the personal development of younger campers, and meet new friends. Reduced camp fees. Unforgettable lifetime memories.
Steps to become a Camp Counselor:
- Camp Counselor Application (completed and signed).
- Two References: References should not be family members or other youth. Potential references: Club advisor, teacher, employer, pastor, etc.
2022 Camp Counselor Application