The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-14 during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Clermont County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded. Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:
- Attend a minimum of 24 hours of required training prior to camp
- Market and promote camp
- Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
- Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
- Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
- Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
- Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
- Follow and enforce camp rules
- Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
- Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
- Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
- Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
- Promote camper participation during camp
- Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
- Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
- Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills
- Must be at least 15 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
- Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
- Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training.
- Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
- Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
- Provide two references.
- If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.
- Individuals who complete the application and fulfill application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process.
- If selected, there will be a $40 camp counselor fee due at the first training.
- 4-H Camp Counselors meet the following dates throughout the year: January 25, February 9, March 6, 23, April 26, May 6, 11, 23, June 12, 13, 14-17
- Counselors must attend either Making eXtreme Counselors (February 25-26) or Miami Valley Camp Counselor Retreat (March 18-19)
- Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.
- 4-H Camp Counselors will be trained on topics such as the camp counselor core competencies; risk management, including active shooter guidelines, emergency protocols, and child abuse recognition.