University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Summer Camp Counselor

30 hours

Community partner: UW-Green Bay Youth Camps
Supervisor: Jason Mathwig
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Counselors provide direct supervision of student campers who are enrolled in the UWGB Summer Camp program. All Counselors play a vital role in developing a positive, safe, and enriching camp experience for every camper. There may be times when the supervision of minors can be challenging; for example, there may be incidents that occur requiring the Counselor to work with a homesick or belligerent camper. Counselors will interact with camper parents on check in and check out, be on the lookout for potentially harmful behaviors and situations, and provide clear and concise information regarding campus safety, etc. Campers receive the bulk of their information about activities, rules, conduct, and social skills from their Counselors.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer The mission of the UWGB Summer Camp Program is to provide a positive and enriching educational experience for youth in a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment. We hope that a great experience here on campus in the summer will potentially lead our students to enroll in UW-Green Bay.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Must have a genuine caring attitude and like kid's and some of their quirks. Good listener, ability to communicate, patient, kind hearted and friendly are important assets in working with our kid's. Some have tough situations in which they live and have no control over. Experience working with youth is preferable but not required. Our children who attend are in middle school and high school. An outgoing personality is helpful in interacting with each child.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer When working with children our goal is to be aware of their behavior and how to aid in creating a positive experience with each. Some children may deal with trouble being separated from their parents and it is our objective to create a safe and friendly environment to ease this. This is a great opportunity and resume builder if you are planning to work with young people in your future.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer A camp counselor may enroll in summer courses or hold an additional day job, however, the class or job must be scheduled during daytime hours, and must permit a counselor to be “on duty” from 3:15 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. You might not be assigned to all six weeks of camp. Some weeks require that all staff are scheduled. Assignments are based on enrollment (and gender), and the assignments may change.


Additional information (not required).

Answer Floor Counselors are responsible for the implementation of the non-curricular portion of the summer camp program. The floor counselors will work closely with the head counselors to plan evening activities, have direct oversight of campers, and to ensure we are abiding by the established University and camp rules and regulations. Counselors are required to attend staff training week (June) as stated in your contract. Training will be provided. In addition, all counselors are required to be CPR/First Aid certified – we will offer training during staff training. If you are unable to make the scheduled staff training of CRP/First Aid certification, you will be expected to pay the fee to get certified. Students who need summer housing, a shared apartment will be provided from mid-June through mid-August as a home base; this is in addition to the dorm room you will be assigned to while supervising campers. Meals are also provided on weeks to which you are assigned.