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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


4-H Camp Counselor Training

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 6:00pm
4-H Hall


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.