We are a diverse community committed to creating a welcoming experience where each camper can bring their full selves to camp. All youth are welcome.
Discover your personal leadership style, and put it into action! Our Leadership Program progresses with campers through their teens – from Day Camp Assistant to Counselor-in-Training to Junior Counselor.
Each level of this program includes team-building activities, training, and hands-on experience working with and leading younger campers:
Day Camp Assistant (DCA)
This is the first step in becoming a Teen Leader. DCAs spend the first half of the week in team building activities and interactive leadership training with lead camp staff. Trainings include behavior management, leading songs and games, and basic counselor skills. In the second part of the week, DCAs partner with camp counselors to assist with day camp groups.
- Week 2: June 20-24, 2022
- Week 5: July 11-15, 2022
Cost: $260 | Ages: 14-15
Register for DCA online, just as you would for any other camp session; no additional application required.
Become a great leader and future camp counselor! This 2-week progression prepares you to work with campers and to run activity areas.
First week: Work with and learn from lead staff about the various areas of camp, including health and wellness, leadership and team-building, activity planning, promoting positive behavior, and more. This week is full of fun, team-building, and interactive learning!
CITs go home on Friday and return Sunday to begin their second week.
Second week: Now is your chance to put everything you learned to use. You’ll work side-by-side with a summer camp counselor, implementing and leading a group of Resident Campers or Day Campers! CITs in their second year may be given the chance to shadow an activity specialist, rather than a general counselor.
Two-week Overnight Program offered twice:
Weeks 1 & 2 (June 12-17 & June 19-24)
Weeks 9 & 10 (August 7-12 & August 14-19)
Cost: $795 | Ages: 15-17
Register for CIT online, just as you would for any other camp session; no additional application required.
Junior Counselors (JC)
Junior Counselors can jump straight into summer camp employment by working at Day Camp. Spend the summer growing as a leader, attending our staff training and receiving additional mentorship from leadership staff throughout the summer. Like all counselors, you’ll have the opportunity to get first aid certified, take additional program trainings, plan activities, and lead groups. Improve your communication, critical thinking, leadership, collaboration and creativity. It’s a great summer job – and your skills will look incredible on a college application or resume.
Junior Counselors are paid a bi-weekly salary and commute to work each day, Monday-Friday.
Apply to be a JC at campfiremn.org/work-at-camp.