Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Camp Counselor Crosslake, MN · Part time

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is seeking Camp Counselors to support campers at AuSM's Camp Hand in Hand in Crosslake, MN.


A Hand in Hand counselor acts as a buddy and support person to a specific camper. Though each counselor is assigned to one camper, each cabin and its assigned counselors function as a group with a highly experienced Program Staff (PS) leading them. A counselor is accountable to the whole cabin group but is likewise supported by it. The primary function of a counselor is to act as a mentor, cheerleader, personal care attendant, and particularly a friend to an autistic camper, both encouraging and challenging the camper according to their individual strengths and needs.

Responsibilities and Duties

Before campers arrive:

  • Arrive at camp between 6pm and 8pm the evening before staff training. (Staff training is the day before camp starts. Therefore, if camp starts on July 4th, a counselor is expected to arrive on the evening of July 2nd.)
  • Complete staff training.
  • Read the packets of each camper in the cabin group.
  • Get to know the Program Staff and other counselors in the cabin group.

During Camp:

  • Meet the assigned camper and parents/guardians during check-in and help the camper carry luggage to the cabin.
  • Ensure that the assigned camper receives all medications, and special meals, and maintains prescribed dietary restrictions.
  • Actively participate with campers in daily activities, displaying enthusiasm for activities and encouraging camper participation while maintaining visual contact with the camper.
  • Work directly with staff and campers in a small group under the guidance and supervision of a Program Staff.
  • Demonstrate a positive, helpful, can-do attitude around all campers and staff.
  • Photograph your camper engaged in camp activities and forward those pictures to the PS to be shared with parents.
  • Role model that camper needs always come first.
  • Attend nightly check-ins with cabin group.

Last day of camp

  • Pack all personal belongings, strip bed, and clean staff quarters. Leave it in better shape than it was found.
  • Check out of camp with either Sarah Hauer or Dustin Suggs (on-site Directors) before leaving.
  • Complete and submit any evaluation forms.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Respect for the dignity of every human being.
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, encouraging, compassionate, reflective, patient, and fun-loving.
  • A team player with a good sense of humor who engages all campers and staff.
  • Accepts feedback, asks clarifying questions as necessary, and challenges self to learn and grow throughout camp.

About the Autism Society of Minnesota

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) exists to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building. 

About Camp Hand in Hand

AuSM Camps serve autistic children and adults of all abilities. Camp Hand in Hand, held at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN, is an overnight camp with a staff-to-camper ratio of greater than 1:1.  Camp Hand in Hand is able to accommodate the support needs of all campers except those who require extensive nursing care. AuSM offers four sessions of this camp each summer:

  • Session #1 (Tuesday, June 27th – Saturday, July 1st) is for campers ages 20-25.
  • Session #2 (Monday, July 3rd – Friday, July 7th) is for campers ages 14-19.
  • Session #3 (Monday, August 7th – Friday, August 11th) is for campers ages 9-13.
  • Session #4 (Sunday, August 13th – Thursday, August 17th) is for campers ages 26+.


A Counselor will receive a stipend of $400 for each session worked.


$400 - $400 per week